What to bring

What to take to the hospital

Things to make you more comfortable:

  • Radio or CD player for music or relaxation
  • Hard candies and lip moisturizer
  • Tennis ball for back massage
  • Comfortable bra/sports bra or nursing bra
  • Loose-fitting clothes to wear home
  • Your birth plan and a focal point for labor
  • Personal care items, such as deodorant, shampoo and makeup

Items for your partner:

  • Phone card for toll/long-distance calls (or cell phone and charger)
  • Camera and film*
  • Address/phone book to call family and friends
  • Snacks
  • A change of clothes

Items for your baby:

  • Infant car seat
  • Baby clothes and blanket to wear home

Miscellaneous item:

  • Insurance card and social security number

*Photo/Videography Guidelines

The Labor and Delivery Staff at OHSU want your birthing experience to be as special and memorable as possible. We have established some photo/videography guidelines to help maintain a safe environment for you, your family and visitors, and our staff. Tripods and electrical cords/charging units pose a tripping hazard in an emergency and are not allowed. We recommend that you bring plenty of extra batteries and/or charge your batteries before you come to the hospital. In the event of an emergency, your caregivers may ask you to turn off all equipment, until they deem it safe to resume filming. A more detailed copy of the OHSU Labor and Delivery Photo/Videography Guidelines is available and will be given to you when you come to the hospital. Thank you for choosing OHSU for your upcoming delivery; we will do our best to support your efforts in documenting this special occasion.