Getting ready

Whether you are having your baby at home, in hospital or at a midwifery unit, you should get a few things ready at least four weeks before your due date.

For you

  • maternity record
  • front opening nightdresses or pyjamas
  • supportive bras
  • sanitary towels
  • six pairs of pants
  • towels preferably not white
  • toiletries
  • dressing gown
  • slippers
  • books
  • music

For baby

  • vests
  • babygrows
  • hats
  • nappies
  • blankets
  • baby towels
  • car seat for going home

Important numbers

Keep a list of important numbers in your handbag or near your phone.  There is space for you to write them down in your notes and at the back of this book.

You need to include the following:

  • Your hospital and midwife’s phone numbers
  • Your partner and birth partner’s phone numbers
  • Your own hospital reference number (it will be on your card or notes).  You will be asked for this when you phone in.
  • A local taxi number, just in case you need it.

If you think you are in labour contact the maternity unit.

World Health Organisation Principles for a Positive Birth Experience

All women have a right to a positive childbirth experience that includes: Respect and dignity, a companion of choice, clear communication by maternity staff, pain relief strategies, mobility in labour and birth position of choice.

World Health Organisation Key Principles for ositive birth experience


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