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Your journey to parenthood is almost complete. You are excited to be making final plans for the trip to the hospital, and as with most everything in life, planning ahead will help to ensure you have the best delivery experience possible. The big day will be here sooner than you think, so it's important to complete your hospital pre-registration at Valley Presbyterian Hospital no later than the sixth month of your pregnancy. In addition to your pre-registration, there are other items you'll want to check off your list.

Be Ready…Pack Your Bag

As you've either heard or learned by now, babies give little advance notice to signal their arrival. Packing an overnight bag and leaving it by your front door at the ready allows you and your family to locate the items needed for your stay quickly and easily. Below is a list of essential items for your labor and delivery packing list:

  • Insurance card
  • Identification card
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo
  • Hairbrush
  • Makeup
  • Relaxation items for labor (tennis ball, massage lotion, etc.)
  • Robe
  • Button-down nightgown or pajamas
  • Nursing bra
  • Socks
  • Going-home outfit for mom
  • Going-home outfit for baby
  • Blanket for baby
  • Infant car seat

California law requires that all newborns be transported in a car seat. Please make sure you know how to properly install and operate your infant car seat. Following the California car seat and seat belt laws can help protect your family, avoid fines, and most importantly, save lives.

You may also want to ask your partner to bring:

  • A camera
  • Snacks
  • A radio or audio player
  • Phone numbers for family members or others you may want to call

Everything else that you will need in the hospital will be provided for you. Please leave your jewelry, cash and other valuables at home.

Free Maternal Child Health Education

To help inform and educate you about the various stages of your pregnancy, including breastfeeding and infant care, Little Treasures Maternity Services offers a wide selection of free Maternal Child Health Education classes.

All classes offered in Spanish unless otherwise noted, and are held in Valley Presbyterian Hospital's Health Education Center. Valet parking is available, and we strongly encourage this option for expecting mothers. Please plan to arrive at least 10-15 minutes before class to verify registration.