What to Bring to Your Birth

What to Bring to Your Birth

Whether you’re planning on giving birth at home, in a birth centre or at a hospital, it’s important to have all your supplies ready to go before hand. Here is a good place to start. Remember to pack your essentials together in advance of your due date so everything is in one place and easily accessible.


  • At least 2 pairs of comfy clothing for yourself and your partner that you don’t mind getting dirty
  • If you have access to a birth pool, your partner may want to bring a bathing suit so they can join you
  • Comfy shoes for you and your partner
  • Clothes, diapers and receiving blanket for the baby
  • Peri-pads or overnight pads and comfortable underwear for after delivery
  • Camera, cellphone and appropriate chargers


  • Your Health card and anything else you need to register if you’re are planning to go to a hospital or birth centre
  • Toothbrushes and tooth paste for you and your partner
  • A face cloth and hair brush to help you freshen up
  • A separate outfit to change into to go home
  • A properly installed car seat


  • Snacks!*
    Have a stash of yummy, nutritious, easy to eat snacks available such as granola bars, nuts/nut butter, and popsicles
  • A water bottle and/or coconut water, you can add lemon or a straw
  • Inspirational photos or mantras that you can easily put up around whatever room you’re in
  • Birth tools that may not be available at your location such as: birth ball, birth stool, TENS, Rebozo
  • Music and speakers, you may want to consider putting together a playlist in advance including meditations that you enjoy
  • Essential oil diffuser and your favourite scents

*Please check with your hospital to ensure they allow you to eat and drink during labour


This article is meant to provide information only, it does not substitute for personalized medical care.

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