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Maternity Unit

Labour and birth

Giving birth is one of the most exciting things that can happen in your life and is a normal life event. While for some women the pregnancy and birth of their baby may require medical involvement, the majority of women can have a normal birth.

These pages give you more information about labour and delivery.


What to bring to hospital for the birth

Please don’t bring too much into hospital as space is always limited. Be careful with valuables as we cannot ensure their safety.

When you come to the RVI for the birth of your baby, you should bring:

  • your hand held notes
  • one small or medium sized bag or suitcase
  • toiletries for you such as shower gel, soap, toothbrush and toothpaste
  • nightwear, either pyjamas or a nightie and dressing gown if you wear one.
  • towels for drying yourself
  • maternity pads; you will need lots of thick pads for after the birth
  • loose, comfortable underwear
  • disposable nappies
  • baby clothes; you will need quite a few clothes for baby including hats, vests, sleepsuits and cardigans. In the early days its better to dress baby in lots of thin layers of clothing to help maintain their temperature.
  • if you do not intend to breastfeed, please bring powdered baby milk, two bottles, two teats and a new bottle brush.

for more ideas and for pictures click here

If you are not sure what else to bring please ask your midwife for advice.

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