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Motherhood may be a new undertaking for you. Use our handy list to pack everything that you need for you and your new baby during your stay in hospital. The care of you and your new baby is always our focus.
Please bring your admission booklet with your Request for Admission Form and any letters from your doctor for the hospital, as well as:
• all x-rays and scans (relevant to your admission)
• your signed consent form (ask your doctor for this form)
• ID photos of both parents (for baby security reasons) - a recent snapshot is sufficient
• doctor’s antenatal card
• Medicare Card
• Pension Card/Health Benefits Card/Pharmacy Benefits/Safety Net Card
• credit card or means to pay for any out-of-pocket expenses
Please bring your current medications in their pharmacy-dispensed containers in a separate plastic bag, not in your luggage. Include a clearly written list of your medication, dosage and how often it is taken.
For your comfort:
• casual clothes to wear during the day
• large disposable pants (1 pack) or old underwear
• nursing bra and nursing pads
• three packets of sanitary pads – maternity or overnight pads
• slippers or comfortable shoes
• pen, stationery, address book and stamps
• toiletries and cosmetics
• camera and charger/batteries
• list of phone numbers for after the birth of your baby
• your own pillow if you prefer
• going home clothes for you
• glasses, contact lens, hearing aids etc.
• one packet of disposable nappies and baby wipes (hospital disposable nappies available if required)
• bath solution of your choice
• baby clothes (jumpsuits, singlets, bootees)
• formula of your choice, bottles and teats (if not breastfeeding)
• baby pacifiers (dummies) – optional
• going home clothes
• baby shawl/bunny rug/muslin wrap (hospital wraps available if required)
• baby towel and face washer (hospital ones provided if required).
Do not wear jewellery or bring valuables with you. St Vincent’s Hospital does not accept responsibility for valuables brought into the Hospital.
• Maternity services
• Visiting hours