Plan for your hospital stay

If you are on home bedrest, here are some things to do to get ready for your hospital stay:

  • Work on a birth plan. For ideas, see the Resources section of this article or do an internet search for “birth plans”.
  • Have someone else pack the following for your hospital stay. You will need these items whenever you deliver:
    • Birth plan and any supplies.
    • Camera and/or video camera as well as film, batteries, camera charger.
    • Address book and phone numbers of anyone you would like to have with you at the hospital, including the name and phone number of a representative from your faith if there is a religious or cultural ceremony you would like performed at the birth.
    • Baby clothing, blankets, and other items you already have for your baby.
    • Laptop computer, charger, and dial-up number of your internet service provider in case the hospital does not have wi-fi.
    • Toiletries such as, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, hairbrush, hairclips or ties, lip balm, lotion, makeup.
    • Family photos.
    • Notebook and pen for writing down instructions or notes, and keeping a log of medications, health care team names, and visitors.
    • Cell phone and charger (if permitted by your hospital).
    • Change of clothes, bra, underwear.
  • If you know you will be staying in the hospital for an extended time on bedrest, the following is a list of items that may make your stay more pleasant:
    • Nightgown, robe, slippers, socks
    • Calendar
    • Clock
    • Books, magazines, craft projects
    • Your own pillow and/or favorite blanket
    • Earplugs and eyeshades
    • Journal
    • Scented soap
    • Hard candy (especially if you’ll be taking magnesium sulfate)
    • Lined paper to make a sign-in sheet to hang on your door if you are not up to seeing visitors
    • Your own towels
    • Air freshener
    • Books on prematurity
    • Back scratcher and/or reacher

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This information was compiled by the members of the PROM list. Nothing on this page should be taken as medical advice. A doctor should be consulted before undertaking any of the medical treatments or methods recommended by the members of the list.

Article by Kay Squires, January 2005, updated July 2011
Special thanks to the members of the PROM list