(Closed) ob told me to ask for free gift? HUH!?!?

posted 8 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
3075 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

The hospital that one of my friends delviered her baby at gave her a really nice back pack type thing filled with coupons for formula and diapers and such.  Kind of a “Hey, we just charged you well over $8,000 for popping out a kid, here’s some coupons” kind of thing

Post # 4
7899 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

If they are going to give you anything that would help you raise your baby or save you money, I would make sure someone is in charge of reminding you to ask for it. Maybe it will just be some formula or maybe it will be something more useful. Who knows? Why not ask? Plus, I’ve heard that by the time you leave, the stress has worn off. It’s not like the send you out minutes after popping the baby out of you. 

ETA I’ve heard of some women getting really nice baby bags full of diapers and such. 

Post # 5
5540 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

It is most likely swag from diaper/formula companies. So a bag with samples of formula, baby bath products, stuff like that. 

Post # 6
5669 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Free gifts always meant free formula, but around here they are giving it out less since they find that woman are more likely to stop breastfeeding if they have formula available to them especially if they are exhausted. Not debating, just what all the hospitals are now trying to say.

Hopefully you got something useful. 

Post # 7
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I think it varies from hospital to hospital. Maybe she meant free gift as in all the freebies new moms get, such as extra diapers, mesh undies, etc.? I also read on here that a Bee’s hospital gives away free Vera Bradley diaper bags, but I am pretty sure none of the hospital here do that.

Post # 8
2226 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

There’s a hospital in my area that gives the parents a lasagna and salad when they leave the hospital.  Sadly I’m not delivering at that hospital!

Post # 9
13094 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

It can’t hurt to ask!

At worst, it is a bunch of formula and diaper coupons.  But it might be something better like the food, bags, samples, etc others have mentioned!

Post # 10
325 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

On our hospital tour, the nurse mentioned that every baby gets a knitted stocking cap that is made by volunteers.  They were really cute!

Post # 11
786 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@ms.melli:  Huh strange, but anything that might help would be cool. What hospital are you going too? if you don’t mind my asking.

Post # 12
4322 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

@ms.melli:  I was born at a Catholic hospital, and my mother received a gold Virgin Mary charm in honor of me that I now have. 🙂

Post # 13
149 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

The hospital we used for all 3 kids fave us an Enfamil diaper bad, a lot of free diapers, coupons, free formula (several sample sizes, worked great for day-trips) and a bunch of other stuff.  I don’t recall having to ask for it, I think it was just standard.


Post # 14
6888 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

We got big package of diapers, wipes and coupons for formula.  We also got couple of hats and mitts and quite a few other things. 

Post # 15
1157 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

It is usually a diaper bag with samples.I don’t believe you have to ask for them.

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