When should I pack my bag for the hospital or birth center?
Have your bag ready by the time you’re about 36 weeks pregnant, since you could go into labor at any time in the weeks before your due date. Keep your “go-bag” near the door – or even in the car.
Having your bag ready ahead of time is a good idea even if you’re having a planned c-section, because labor could start before your scheduled date.
Essentials for the mom-to-be
- A picture ID (driver’s license or other ID), your insurance card, and the name and phone number of your baby’s doctor. Check with the hospital or birth center ahead of time regarding any paperwork you should bring. Ask if it would be helpful for you to bring a copy of your medical records. (If you live far away from the hospital where your healthcare provider