Westmead Private Hospital
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Before Your Stay

All the information you need
before the big day!

Your Labour Bag and What You Need For After the Birth

Labour Bag

  • Large T-shirt/ sarong
  • Dressing gown if desired
  • Slippers
  • Socks
  • Chap stick, lanoline for lips
  • Brush, clip or hair tie for hair
  • Water spray
  • Relaxation music
  • Lollies to suck during labour e.g. jelly beans
  • Camera or video if desired
  • Extra’s to assist during labour e.g. massage oil
  • Pen and note pad
  • Snacks for partner
  • Swimmers for partner
  • Money for parking
  • Gel heat pack (wheat packs not permitted)
  • Birth plan (optional)

Enclosed shoes are required in Operating Theatres. We recommend that your partner brings enclosed shoes in the event of unexpected caesarean section delivery.

For afterwards

  • Comfortable clothes for day & night time
  • 2 x breastfeeding bras
  • Nursing pads
  • 1 week supply underpants
  • Maternity sanitary napkins x 3 packets
  • Night attire with open front if you are breastfeeding
  • Slippers or comfortable shoes
  • Personal toiletries
  • Small amount of money for paper, magazines, incidentals
  • Tissues, notepaper, address book, phone list, pen
  • Hairdryer (must be electrical checked by our maintenance team prior to use)


  • Take home clothes (dependant on season)
  • Child restraint for car – capsule or car seat fitted in car

The hospital will provide disposable nappies, clothes for daily wear, bunny rugs and bed linen for your baby whilst in hospital. If you wish you may dress your baby in clothing of your own choice.

If you are planning to use artificial formula to feed your baby, you may bring the formula of your choice, bottles and teats. (However, we do supply certain formula with bottles and teats if you prefer)

Be prepared early and have your bags packed for the hospital as babies can arrive early.

Infant restraint

You are legally required to have your child appropriately restrained with an approved child restraint while travelling in a motor vehicle. Please make sure this is fitted well before you need to take baby home. For more information, see Legal Requirements