Post # 1
I read an offhanded remark in one of my many pregnancy books that bringing snacks for the L&D nurses when you check into the hospital would be appreciated. I’m happy to do this–it’s a small gesture but might make a difference to someone!
My question is is this actually a good idea? And if so, what should I bring? I could see people being leery of something homemade, but don’t want to just be like, here’s a bag of Lay’s potato chips. Any better ideas?
Post # 3
@hippomama: I can see this as a nice gesture, but totally not necessary. I don’t think I could have carried anything when I was in labor, as I was definitely very focused on breathing and what not. DH had our overnight bag and stuff, but honestly he may have had a free hand and I wouldn’t remember haha.
If you do something like this, make it something easily portable- like a box of cookies, or even a fruit basket with a handle. That way, if you make a mad dash out of the house and forget your goodies, you can always munch on it after you get home!
Post # 4
@DaneLady: Ha ha, good point! Yeah, I think the idea would be to pack it in our hospital “go” bag, so it wouldn’t be anything perishable. Maybe a bag of caramel corn or individually wrapped chocolates? I also don’t know what’s easy for nurses to munch on the go.
Post # 5
@hippomama: Do you have a hospital tour coming up? It would be a great opportunity to ask them 🙂
Ya know, I think next time I have a baby I’m going to order pizza once I’m there, and buy a few pies for the floor nurses.
Post # 6
@hippomama: As a labor and delivery nurse myself, I can say it’s always appreciated but not neccesary. I have seen it all, from individual goodie bags with candy and a note of thanks to a tray of donuts. Nurses are not picky…trust me. We always say we eat like 13 year old boys, literally anything in front of us will get devoured.
Sometimes patients drop off things after the baby has been born.
If you want to do something, don’t feel obligated to do too much. A thing of cookies, fruit tray, or a box of chocolate will go over well. Or like another poster said, order them a couple of pizzas if you don’t want to worry about carrying it in yourself.
Post # 7
@hippomama: I actually really love this idea. I come from a family who brings cookies and stuff to nurses when anyone is in the hostpital. It’s just something we do. We usually do bakery bought (not homemade) italian cookies.
I have not had a baby but I did have a surgery that required 3 day stay in the hospital and everyday in recovery my mom and dad brought a tray of cookies. The nurses loved it and I was never lacking in medical attention that’s for sure!
I would sudggest maybe waiting until after you’ve actually gone through labor and delivery and bring the little snacks or treats or whatever when you are in recovery. You should send a plate down to L&D if you want to do that too 🙂
But I think it’s lovely. Nurses and hospital staff work hard and I think it’s nice to appreciate them!
Post # 8
@DaneLady: Good idea! We have our hospital tour this weekend, so I’ll see if the instructor has any thoughts.
@girlygirl885: Thanks for the input from an actual nurse! That’s very helpful.
@March1stBride: That’s so sweet that your dad brought cookies to the hospital! No doubt they appreciated it.
Post # 9
As a nurse, we will eat any and everything you can bring. Just please let it still be in the store wrapper. It was always sweet when families brought us stuff, but if it wasn’t from a store, we graciously said thank you and chunked it into the break room trash. A bag of chocolates would go over great, or a cookie tray. Honestly most likely the more junk foodie the better. Donuts are always a hit too! And one tip from a former night shift nurse, either give it to them at shift change or bring two bags of candy. Day shift nurses never left us anything!
Post # 10
@hippomama: I would ask in advance. Some hospitals have pretty strict policies on what they can and cannot accept. I’m guessing if it’s home made and not sealed, they won’t be able to accept it.
Post # 11
I’m not an L&D nurse, I work in an ER, and sometimes we have family members buy us sandwich trays or donuts in thanks. It is such a happy feeling knowing how appreciative patients and their families are. It’s not necessary, it doesn’t happen often, but it’s very nice.
Post # 12
thank you for this thread, I have also heard that it is nice to bring a box of chocolates or something as a thank you to particularly helpful nurses. My friend recently told me this and she ended up being very grateful she brought them. I would say (as a health care worker) is that I am kind of wary of home baked items. Anything from a bakery (tray of cookies) or a store like a box of chocolates would be great though.
Post # 13
@hippomama: I think I’m going to take a couple of boxes of girl scout cookies, everyone loves girl scout cookies, right? And if the nurses don’t want them I’ve been known to put away a box on my own =)
Post # 14
This is not necessary but I think it would be a good idea! When my mom was getting chemo in the hospital we always brought treats and they were usually home-made. People liked them more if they were homemade. It was absolutely not necessary, but we liked doing it. I think it makes people like you more and people are nicer to people that they like.
Post # 15
It is SUCH a nice gesture, and very appreciated. It is so common for a nurse to miss lunch and dinner in l & d. It is always such a happy surprise when someone brings in something you can scarf down before the next woman starts pushing. We usually eat/enjoy things like cracker packs, nuts, muffins, and easy fruit.
That being said, it is not expected, and if you don’t bring anything in, people will treat you just the same 🙂
Post # 16
@hippomama: We gave chocolate to the nurses right before we left. My L&D nurse was AWESOME so I was sure that she was delivered her very own thank you box and then we left a large box at the nurses station.