Here is a list of items we suggest you include:

For you


  • comfortable, loose fitting casual clothes - consider front opening tops that allow for breastfeeding access
  • pyjamas or nightgowns that open in the front for breastfeeding access (3-4 items)
  • underwear high waisted, firm and supportive (6-8 pairs)
  • breastfeeding bras
  • dressing gown
  • slippers or flat slip on shoes

Personal toiletries:

  • personal toiletries including hairbrush, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, moisturiser, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste and lip balm
  • maternity sanitary pads (3 packets)
  • absorbent breast pads (1 box)

Hairdryers are available at the hospital for your convenience


  • your personal obstetric record - this is updated at each visit you have with your obstetrician, so it is very important you bring this record with you
  • current x-rays, scans and pathology results
  • medications
  • your Medicare card
  • any private health insurance cards
  • blood group card (if you have one)
  • your GPs contact details
  • a payment method to cover any possible out-of-pocket expenses
  • any eligible pharmacy or government entitlement discount cards, e.g. your safety-net card

Aids to help you relax/feel comfortable:

  • aromatherapy oils
  • massage aids
  • hot/cold gel pack
  • TENS machine
  • music device
  • photos or other personal items from home

Other items to consider:

  • mobile phone and charger
  • camera and charger
  • books or magazines

For your baby

  • baby wipes
  • cotton singlets (6)
  • socks, booties, mittens and hats (2 of each)
  • grow suits (6)
  • swaddles/wraps (6) 

We will supply disposable nappies for you during your stay

For partners/birth support people staying overnight:

  • appropriate night time attire
  • bathers
  • change of clothes
  • personal toiletries

When packing your bag, consider using luggage with wheels as Epworth has a no-lift policy for staff (this is in line with our occupational health and safety guidelines).


Epworth Maternity

Mobile Midwife

A short video series which cover everyday newborn topics like feeding, nappy changing, bathing, dressing and swaddling, plus topics for mums like self-care, exercise, nutrition and partner support.

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