Hospital Bag Guidelines

For you:

  • Comfortable pyjamas (with buttons if breastfeeding)
  • Nightgown, slippers and socks
  • Maternity bras and breast pads
  • Comfortable t-shirt or nightgown to wear during labour
  • Comfortable cotton knickers and maternity pads
  • TENS machine (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) to help with pain control
  • Toiletries and towel (roll on deodorant if breast feeding)
  • Camera or video camera

You may also like to bring:

  • Massage oil to aid relaxation during labour. We recommend Lavender, Clary sage and Neroli essential oils
  • An electric aromatherapy burner to help create a relaxed environment during labour
  • An iPod with relaxing music / hypno-birthing recordings

For your baby:

  • 6 vests
  • 6 babygrows (all-in-one bodysuits)
  • Blanket
  • Hat
  • Scratch mittens
  • Nappies
  • Cotton wool and towel
  • Muslin clothes
  • Bottles, teats, milk and steriliser if you are bottle feeding
  • Baby car seat for the journey home


The Portland Hospital
212 Great Portland Street, London W1W 5AH


The Women's Wellness Centre
274 Fulham Road, Chelsea Walk, London SW10 9EW


132 Harley Street
London W1G 7JX

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