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Essential Documents to Bring to the Hospital on Labor Day

Now that your hospital bag is packed with cute little onesies and the biggest postpartum underwear you could find, it's time to start a folder with the important documents to bring with you to the hospital on labor day.

Prepare Ahead of Time:

  • Health Insurance Card: If you don't have a physical copy, check your provider's website to request one, or print/take a screenshot of the digital card.

  • Pediatrician: Name, Phone number, and the name of the office

  • Medications: Make a list the over the counter and prescription medications you're taking.

  • Birth Plan: If you have one, print more than one copy so that you can give one to your doctor, nurses and your support person.

  • Hospital Admissions Paperwork: Keep in mind some hospitals require that it be submitted a couple weeks prior to you due date.

  • Social Security Number: Memorize it now, if you haven't already, and ask your partner to do the same!

  • Marriage Certificate: If applicable, it doesn't hurt to throw a copy of your marriage certificate in your folder, especially if your last name is different than your partner's.

  • Prenatal Medical Records: If your pregnancy has had any complications or if you live far from the hospital, it is a good idea to include these in your folder.

  • Cord Blood Paperwork/Kit: If you're planning to donate or bank baby's cord blood.

  • Paper and Pen: Bring a few loose pieces of paper or a notebook and a pen to take your own notes.

Day Of:

  • Identification: Driver's License, Passport, or other government-provided form of identification

  • Partner's Identification: Driver's License, Passport, or other government-provided form of identification

  • Health Insurance Card: Physical or digital copy

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