What to bring with you

To help you prepare for your stay at Queensway Carleton Hospital's Childbirth Centre, here is a list of some of the more common things you can bring with you to help make you stay more comfortable.

Things you will need:

  • Comfortable clothing, sweater, housecoat, pajamas, slippers/socks
  • Nursing bra and nursing friendly shirts (if breastfeeding)
  • Breastfeeding pillow (optional)
  • Breast pump, if breastfeeding and you own one, as this may be needed
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Hot/cold pack
  • Nipple ointment
  • Female personal hygiene products (super/absorbency) 2 dozen
  • Phone and phone charger
  • Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, lip balm, shampoo, soap, etc.
  • Personal electronics (iPad, Tablet, etc.) and earphones (optional)
  • Snacks

Things your partner or support person will need:

  • Comfortable clothing, sweater
  • Pillow and sleeping bag/blanket
  • Toiletries
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Snacks

Things you will need for your baby:

  • Newborn diapers (2 dozen)
  • Baby wipes
  • Sleeper, undershirts, onesies, etc. (seasonally appropriate)
  • Socks
  • Receiving blanket
  • Soother
  • Pen to fill out forms
  • CSA approved infant car seat with base installed in car. You do not need to bring this in until baby is being discharged (this is required to bring baby home)

*In the event you need to use a breast pump, Medela breast pump kits are available at a cost on our unit with a pump to use while admitted.

If you are missing or forgot any items, many of these essentials can be purchased at our on-site Gift Shop, which is open Monday to Friday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm and Saturday & Sunday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.