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Prepare for Your Stay

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.

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 means you and your family can quickly and easily locate the items you'll need for your hospital stay.

Below are essential items for your labor and delivery packing list. Download the list along with other information about the ongoing support and care, and free classes we offer to help you prepare for your new baby.

  • Doctor/Clinic contact information
  • Prenatal records from obstetrician provider
  • Insurance card
  • Identification card
  • Emergency contact list
  • Advance directive (if available)
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo
  • Hairbrush
  • Relaxation items for labor
  • Robe
  • Button-down nightgown or pajamas
  • Nursing bra
  • Going-home outfit for mom
  • Going-home outfit for baby
  • Blanket for baby
  • Infant car seat (must be installed in the vehicle)

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.

Questions? we can help. Contact us at 818.902.5222.

You may also ask your partner to bring:

  • A camera device
  • Phone charger
  • Snacks

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, our Maternity Services unit offers a wide selection of free Maternal Child Health Education classes.

All classes offered in English and Spanish, unless otherwise noted, and are held in Valley Presbyterian Hospital's Health Education Center. Please plan to arrive at least 10-15 minutes before class to verify registration. Valet parking is available in the lot in front of the hospital's main entrance on Vanowen Street.