Packing for Hospital

We want your stay at Southeast Georgia Health System to be as enjoyable as possible. Here are a few things we recommend to bring with you when you are admitted. 

For Mom During Labor:

  •  Any childbirth class notes, guidelines and labor hints
  •  Eye glasses as well as contact case and solution
  •  Massage aids: tennis balls, rolling pin, frozen juice cans, wooden massagers
  •  Massage oil or lotion; powder or cornstarch
  •  Comfort aids: rice sock, herbal heat pillow, aromatherapy, socks for cold feet
  •  CD or MP3 player and music selections to help with relaxation
  •  Lip balm or moisturizer
  •  Something to use as a fan (paper fan or small hand-held individual plastic fan)
  •  Hair brush, clips, ponytail holders, head bands and rubber bands
  •  Mouth care items: toothpaste, toothbrush, breath spray, sour suckers
  •  Two regular-sized bed pillows (in bright, distinctive, hard-to-lose pillowcases)
  •  Camera/video recorder and film or digital card; extra batteries or battery charger
  •  List of names and phone numbers of people to notify
  •  Cell phone or calling cards for long distance calls  
  •  For labor partner: snacks, drinks, drinking cup, mints, change for snack machines

For Mom After Birth:

  •  Comfortable clothes for lounging & sleeping: robe, slippers, nightgowns, sweat suits
  •  Bras: If breastfeeding - nursing bras; if formula feeding - firm-fitting or sports bras 
  •  Underpants
  •  Shampoo, conditioner, hair dryer, comb/brush, shower cap, other hair care items
  •  Make-up, deodorant, lotion, powder, toothbrush and toothpaste
  •  Baby’s Memory book: for footprints or staff names and guest signatures
  •  Entertainment items (books, crayons, games) especially if children are to visit in hospital  
  •  Clothes and shoes to wear home (a loose-fitting outfit; something you could wear at five months pregnant)

For Baby:

  •  Clothes for baby’s hospital photo
  •  Clothes for baby to wear home
  •  Clothes for in hospital if you want more on baby than T-shirt and diaper
  •  Blanket(s) and outer wear for going home (as much as the season dictates)
  •  Car safety seat (By Georgia law you must have one before we can discharge you.)

Southeast Georgia Health System will Provide:

  • Disposable panties and sanitary pads for you during your hospital stay
  • Disposable newborn diapers (enough for your hospital stay and usually a few left to take home)
  • Cloth T-shirts and baby blankets to use in the hospital (need own things for going home)
  • If formula feeding: ready-to-use bottles, or formula ordered by baby’s doctor