Due Date Grab Bag 101

It’s the last thing you’ll grab as you head out the door—your overnight hospital bag.

Cathie Brazell, BSN, MHA, CPHQ, director of women’s and children’s services at Gwinnett Medical Center, says smart packing is key to a happy delivery.


“Having practical and comfort items in your bag can make your stay in the hospital much more pleasant,” she says. “For example, your support person may not want to leave you during labor, so energy bars can really come in handy. Have your bag packed no later than 36 weeks—but let’s hope you go the full 40!”

For you:

  • Insurance card, picture ID, hospital forms and copies of your birth plan
  • Clothes, including socks (for walking the halls), underwear, a front-buttoning nightgown or pajamas (for easy nursing), a light robe
  • Nursing bras
  • Cellphone and charger, or a prepaid phone card
  • MP3 player loaded with music
  • Basic toiletries
  • A change of clothes for leaving the hospital
  • A book or magazines
  • Snacks (for your support person)
  • Camera
  • Comfortable clothes for your support person (hospitals may keep the air cold)


For baby:
  • Approved car seat
  • Going-home outfit
  • Outerwear, including socks and hat (babies are sensitive to cold)


Start Planning for Baby

Whether you’re already pregnant or starting to plan for your family, GMC’s Gwinnett Women’s Pavilion is large enough to serve all your needs and small enough to provide you with a personalized experience. To learn more, visit gwinnettmedicalcenter.org/gwp. To see our comprehensive list of classes for parents and parents-to-be, visit gwinnettmedicalcenter.org/classes.

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