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When it's time to come to the hospital

mom and baby What to pack – Since trying to pack your suitcase between labor contractions can be difficult, we advise you to pack a suitcase one to two weeks before your baby is due. Pack one suitcase with things you will need during your hospital stay. Also pack a small bag with anything you may need while you are in labor.

Here are some suggestions for labor:

  • Relaxing music
  • Massage lotion, body mist, linen spray(if you are interested in aroma therapy, good scents for labor are geranium, rosemary, lavender, and chamomile)
  • Focal point(something that you can focus on to help you through contractions, such as a favorite photo or comforting object from home)
  • Lollipops or hard candies
  • Lip Balm
  • Headband, hair ties or barrettes

Here are some suggestions for postpartum:

  • Robe and slippers
  • Bras or nursing bras
  • Toiletries (favorite soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste)
  • Hairbrush (we supply blow dryers)
  • Comfortable clothes for going home

For the baby:

  • Comfortable clothes to wear home (weather appropriate)
  • Receiving blanket (weather appropriate)
  • Infant car seat (this is required by New York State law)

When to come to the hospital:

It is always best to ask your doctor about their recommendations for when you should go to the hospital, but the following is a generally accepted guideline:

  • If you have been contracting every five minutes for an hour, OR…
  • If your contractions are at least every ten minutes, growing more intense, lasting longer and coming closer together.
  • If you think your membranes may have ruptured.
  • Whenever you sense that something “isn’t right.” Listen to your body. It’s always best to call your doctor and  have it checked out.

HealthAlliance Hospital
105 Mary's Avenue
Kingston, NY 12401
Phone: 845.338.2500

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