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What items should I bring with me when I have my baby?

Here is a list of items we suggest you bring with you when you have your baby and for your hospital stay with us.

Please be aware that there is limited space available on our wards and we do not recommend bringing large suitcases with you as there is nowhere to store them.

Please do not bring valuable items with you into hospital. The Trust cannot accept any responsibility for the loss of items.

Mum’s Bag

TOILETRY ITEMS Shower gel, soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, lip salve etc
SLEEPWEAR 2 x loose comfortable modest nightwear (one for labour, one for after you’ve had your baby)
  • Light dressing gown and slippers (you are not permitted to walk around bare foot).
TOWELS Dark coloured bath and hand towel
UNDERWEAR Knickers (comfortable, dark, old or disposable)
  • Nursing bras
  • Sanitary pads (heavy flow)
GOING HOME CLOTHES  
OTHER ITEMS Isotonic ('sports') drinks can be really helpful to give you extra energy and encourage progress when you are in labour. You will need to buy these yourself and can bring them in when you come into the hospital. If you are on any special diets and/or diabetic please discuss the use of Isotonic drinks with your midwife / doctor / dietician.

Small change (for phone / hospicom / refreshment trolley), pen, phone
PLEASE BRING YOUR HANDHELD HOSPITAL NOTES (GREEN), BLOOD RESULTS AND ANY PRESCRIBED MEDICINES

 

Baby’s Bag

NAPPIES OF YOUR CHOICE Pack of 20 to start with
BABY CLOTHES (in hospital) Cotton hat, 4x vests suits, 4x babygros
BABY CLOTHES (going home) Above plus outer wear / blanket / hat
COTTON WOOL  
IF YOU ARE INTENDING TO BOTTLE FEED, YOU MUST BRING SMALL READY MADE CARTONS OF YOUR FORMULA, 2 BOTTLES, 2 TEATS & A BOTTLE CLEANING BRUSH.

We do not recommend using lotions, creams or oils on your newborns skin unless advised by a doctor.

We will provide your baby with: blankets, sheets, towels and sterilising equipment for your hospital stay.

If you are taking your baby home by car, you MUST bring a car seat with you to the ward in order for us to be able to discharge you.

 

Partner’s Bag

Whilst partners are not permitted to stay over night on the postnatal ward, they are permitted to stay with you throughout the labour & birth. They also need to be prepared so they are comfortable and able to support you as best they can.


Item(s) check:
  • Any prescribed medicines you may need.
  • Drinks/sandwiches etc
  • Small toiletry bag and towel
  • Change for car park
  • Camera, phone, pen

 

General Information

  • Please ensure you have all your belongings when you leave the unit.
     
  • Please note the use of mobile telephones is not permitted is all areas. Please check where you are allowed to use your phone.
     
  • Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the hospital grounds. Please be respectful of our mums, newborn babies, other patients and visitors who use our service.
     
  • Parking charges apply at all times and are as follows:

 

Up to 20 minutes Free
Up to 1 hour £2.00
1 to 2 hours £3.00
2 to 3 hours £4.00
3 to 4 hours £5.00
4 to 5 hours £6.00
5 to 6 hours £7.00
6 to 24 hours £8.00
Up to one week £20.00




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Contact Numbers

Ante-natal Clinic 01932 722389
Maternity Appointments 01932 722366
Midwifery Triage 01932 722835
Joan Booker Ward 01932 722291
Labour Ward 01932 722663
Neonatal Ward 01932 722667
Ultrasound Queries 01932 722665

 

Supervisor of Midwives are available 24hrs a day via the main hospital switchboard number