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What you need to bring with you

At The Portland Hospital, we aim to provide you with as many of the essential items necessary for birth and a hospital stay as possible, below is a list of what you may want to pack for you, your baby and partner/birth partner and what is provided.

For you

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    Your pregnancy notes (including a birth plan)

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    Something to wear for labour (hospital gowns are provided if you prefer)

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    Massage Oils/Lotions (if desired)

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    Lip Balm

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    TENS Machine (if desired)

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    Hairband if you have long hair

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    Swim wear if desired for possible Waterbirth

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    Essential oil diffuser is available (please bring your own oil)

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    Birth balls and Mats are provided

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    Clothes (for potentially 3/4 days stay)

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    Nightwear, lose or front opening for breast feeding

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    Nursing bra, breast pads, nipple cream and feeding pillow

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    Dressing gown and slippers

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    Wash bag with toiletries, small set of complimentary toiletries are provided, hair dryers are also available

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    Maternity paper pants/sanitary towels are provided

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    Towels are provided

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    Books/Magazines/Music on your phone (labour rooms have a Bluetooth speaker)

For your partner/companion

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    Camera

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    Toiletries

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    Clothes/Nightwear for intended length of stay

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    Snacks/food (complimentary breakfast is provided but all other meals are chargeable)

For your baby

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    Car seat

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    Hats, Scratch Mittens

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    Clothes for intended length of stay, appropriate for weather conditions

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    Nappies and changing equipment are provided

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    Towels and blankets are provided

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    Formula milk is available upon request/medical need (please check brands with the hospital)

The Portland Hospital is located in close proximity to a late opening Sainsbury’s and a 24 hour Tesco should you need anything we are unable to provide.

Contact The Portland's maternity team

Do you have some questions about our maternity care? You can contact us by phone or email and we'll be happy to help.

020 3468 6141
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