Post # 1
I just got back from my hospital “tour”. There wasn’t much to see really. The tour just reminded me how much I dislike hospitals! Anyway, I found out that we have to bring a lot more supplies than I expected. They don’t provide diapers, wipes, vaseline, etc. for the baby and I even have to bring my own sanitary napkins (I don’t even know what to bring! Do I just bring a pack of the most gigantic pads I can find? lol) .
I thought most hospitals supplied that stuff. Does yours?
Post # 3
Ours supplied diapers to wipes to pads for myself. But then again we had a 4 week stay in the NCIU so there there were lot more they supplied but we were billed for that luckily insurance paid for
Post # 4
@As_You_Wish: Thats so strange! The only things I brought to the hospital were clothes for myself and baby, toiletries and a car seat. The hospital provided diapers and wipes and even gave us some when we left. They provided everything for me too post birth. Do they have the ointment and spray that you’ll need post birth for healing? If not you NEED that!
Post # 5
I took a tour last night! They didn’t talk about supplies like that. We have to do a pre-registration though and go to a registration meeting so I assume they get into all the picky details at that point. Do you have to meet with them again?
I imagine they supply diapers and pads for when you are there but I’m not 100%.
Post # 6
@As_You_Wish: For my sister they provided pretty much everything. The diapers, vaseline, first bottles of formula, sanitary pads (some for her to take home as well), this spray stuff you spray up there afterwards, even the onesie and hat for the baby… I can’t imagine you forgetting to bring diapers.
What would they do then?
Example: An emergency labor?
Post # 7
That’s so odd. When my sister and SIL delivered (within three separate hospitals) they received diapers, wipes, formula, and pads. Maybe they got more but that’s what I saw during my visits when I would change the little ones.
Post # 8
@lolita39: Women who have premature labor (unless they deliver extremel early) have normally had their hospital tour so they would be aware to include these things in their suitcase. Even oif they on;t take the suitcase, their partner could go home an get it after the delivery. I am also sure that hospitals would provide the necessities in the event of an emergency.
I think the difference is more likley related to our healthcare systems. One way we keep costs down is to ask patients to bring in their own supplies of things they are going to need at home anyways. In the USA the hospitals provide them, but you get billed for the them. It would likely be chaper to bring in your own supplies.
Post # 9
@julies1949: I can see it that way… trying to keep costs down. However, I know at some hospitals I’ve looked at there is a standard fee, and when broken down I never saw any charges for these things. I wonder if they get tacked on at the end?
Post # 10
Our hospital supplied all meals for my husband and I (including 1 meal of filet mignon and wine if we wanted it), diapers, wipes, clothes, blankets for baby, bed for me, bed for my husband (and blankets, etc), pads for me, cups, trays, juice/water as I wanted it, a breast pump/supplies for me to use to supplement breastfeeding (I got to keep the supply set), pacifier if we wanted it, toothbrush, soap, etc. Pretty much everything but a going home outfit and a carseat.
Post # 11
In my hospital (U.S.), they provided diapers, wipes, receiving blankets, knit hats, a bulb syringe, giant sanitary pads, weird mesh underwear, a squirt bottle for cleaning your nethers, and sweet, sweet aerosol numbing spray.
Post # 12
@annifer: +1 This is pretty much what my hospital supplied as well. They actually gave me multiple packs of the underwear and the pads.
Post # 13
Oh yeah, def ask for extras! I got more undos and giant pads. Take whatever’s not nailed down, really. If you’re using disposables, they’ll give you extra diapers and wipes.
Post # 14
I’ve heard that is common, I had packed tons of diapers and wipes etc into my bag. We had our tour last week and were told that we are charged a $30 fee (no matter what) and given a “kit” with diapers, wipes, pads, etc. for as long as you have to stay. I was surprised but pleasantly surprised, I can now make some room in baby’s hospital bag!
Post # 15
To @As_You_Wish: It has been this way for eons… this difference between the USA & Canada…
Certainly was so back in the 1980s when I was having babies (altho the list of NEED TO BRING ITEMS was slightly shorter)
As @julies1949: has said it relates to costs…
In the USA the patient (or their Insurance) pays for everything in the end…
Here Health Care covers the “medical necessities” but not the things you need for personal comfort.
(Example… A Diaper is not a medical necessity… as a baby isn`t “sick” to use one. It is a comfort. Same with Sanitary Pads)
Hope this helps,
PS… As for Sanitary Pads, it has been decades since I had my kids… back then you could find those labelled Maternity… otherwise look for the ones labelled Overnight, as they tend to be able to handle heavy flow the best. Lol, what you do want is THICK & CHUNKY… sounds strange in an era when when women want pads that are thin as possible, but the Thick ones are also comfy… and considering you`ll be wearing them 24/7 for weeks, go for comfort not fashion.
AND TIP … If you can
t find a pad you like that can keep up to your flow (ya I know TMI) dont be afraid to check out the Incontinence Pads, they are designed to take on fluid in a large quantity.
Post # 16
@lolita39: What! Spray stuff??
I don’t know yet but you asked what kind of pads, and my BF who just had a baby two weeks ago took adult diapers. She had read multiple places from mom’s who said they are just far more comfortable than wearing a 24 inch long pad lol.