We recommend you leave your valuables at home for the duration of your hospital stay.

For you

For labour

  • Your support person/whānau
  • Lip balm
  • Massage oil
  • Warm socks
  • Pillow
  • A good book or magazine
  • Food or drink for your support person, energy snacks and drinks for you
  • Glucose tablets or honey
  • Travelling rug or blanket
  • Music of your choice on your own device
  • Camera
  • Toiletries 

For your ongoing stay in hospital

  • Day or night wear as you may feel more comfortable in your own day clothes or night wear.
  • Remember that you will be breast feeding so clothes that open down the front or separate at the waist are recommended.
  • A supportive breast feeding bra is also essential and appropriate.             

Day wear

  • Shirt and trousers, skirt or dresses, lava lava; summer wear as the hospital is warm.
  • Bras and breast pads, panties, jandals (for wearing in the showers).

Night wear

  • Nighties or pyjamas, lava lava, dressing gown.

Toiletries

  • Soap & face cloth, toothbrush and toothpaste. 
  • Shampoo and comb or hairbrush.
  • At least three packets of maternity sanitary pads.
  • Deodorant.

Additional

  • Pen (for completing babies feed chart).
  • Your own mug or cup. Tea and milo is provided.
  • Complementary remedies and usual medications.

For baby 

We provide nappies during your stay. Please bring the following items for baby:

  • Going-home clothes such as a woollen hat or bonnet, gown or all-in-one, booties and jackets/cardigans. It is a good idea to make sure the clothes have legs if the car seat requires the strap to go between the legs. 
  • A blanket for the journey home. We encourage new parents to buy blankets made of breathable material such as cotton or wool. Avoid polar fleece blankets. 
  • A car seat(external link) appropriate for your new baby. This is always required.

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