Packing List

What to bring for pregnant person

  • Required identification:
    • BC Care Card (Medical Services Plan Card)
    • Government issued photo identification such as driver’s license or passport
  • Baby’s Best Chance: Parents’ Handbook of Pregnancy and Baby Care. Bring your own copy to use. We refer to this book when we go over what you need to know before going home.
  • Any items of cultural/spiritual significance
  • Camera and video camera
  • Music and music player
  • Slippers or shoes
  • Housecoat
  • Extra pillows
  • Underwear
  • Personal care products such as shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant
  • Sanitary napkins or maxi pads. Bring enough for your hospital stay and your trip home
  • Loose fitting clothes to wear home

What to bring for baby

  • Diapers for going home
  • Baby clothing for going home
  • Two receiving blankets
  • A blanket to go home
  • A baby car seat – Canadian motor vehicle safety standard approved. The car seat needs to be for a newborn and the right size for your baby. Please put together your car seat and learn how to use the car seat before taking your baby home.

What to bring for your support person

  • Pajamas
  • Housecoat
  • Slippers or shoes
  • Snacks and food – there is a refrigerator for you to store food. Make sure that you label and date your food. Be SURE to take any leftovers home with you.
  • Sleeping bag
  • Pillows
  • Bathing suit – for use in the shower or bath during labour
  • Personal care products – such as shampoo, toothpaste, tooth brush, deodorant

Please do not bring:

  • Large suitcases
  • Large sums of money and/or credit cards
  • Jewellery