The following list was compiled to help you prepare for the birth of your baby. Please read all of the information below to help make your hospital stay the best experience possible. We ask that you leave all valuables at home.

Before coming to the hospital ensure that you have:
  1. Removed all jewelry (including body piercing), fingernail polish and make up.
  2. Read and understand the patient accommodation information sheet.
  3. Read and understand the visiting hour instruction card including information for family members
What to bring with you to the hospital:
For momFor baby
  • Feminine pads minimum of two packages (long with maximum absorbency for heavy flow)
  • Underwear and socks (three to six pair or mesh panties* if desired)
  • Personal care products
    • toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash
    • soap
    • brush and comb
    • shampoo and conditioner
    • body lotion
  • Supportive/nursing bra and nursing pads
  • Moisturizer for your lips
  • Loose change for pay phone, vending machines, parking
  • Nightgown (convenient for breastfeeding), housecoat, socks, slippers
  • Rice pack or hot pack
  • Pillows in bright pillowcases
  • Camera, focal point (if desired)
  • Breastfeeding pillow (if desired)
  • Water bottle, popsicles/freezies
  • Supplies for support person - sleeping bag/pillow/clothing, food (drinking boxes, chocolate bars, fruit) and cooler
  • List of current medications, either a printed list from your pharmacist or bring all medications in their original containers including nonprescription medication, e.g. herbal medications
* Mesh panties, diapers and feminine pads can be purchased in the Retail Pharmacy on the 3rd floor.
  • diapers* one package
  • Barrier Cream, i.e. Petroleum Jelly
  • Several sleepers, undershirts, socks
  • Clothing for the trip home
  • Car seat approved by Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (CMVSS). Must be familiar with use and installation.

Much research has been done to support the benefits of putting the baby directly on the mother’s chest (skin-to-skin) immediately after birth. Skin-to-skin may also be done by the partner or other support person.

Mom/support person hold baby (diaper only) in an upright position against the naked skin (chest).

  • Improves infant comfort
  • Increases parent-infant bonding and attachment
  • Increases potential for a deep sleep
  • Decreases crying
  • Baby’s heart rate, breathing and temperature will be more stable
  • Baby draws heat from your body saving energy to be able to eat and gain weight
  • Increase parents’ confidence to handle and care for baby
  • Helps to increase milk production
  • Helps your baby learn to breastfeed sooner