(Closed) Snacks for nurses during labor/delivery?

posted 7 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 17
5867 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

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@hippomama:  I would do something that you can store in your bag, and that’s wrapped.  How about a box of Ferrero Rocher chocolates? 

Post # 18
416 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I agree with any store-bought treats, like chocolates or cookies.  I brought in a basket of things with a card after I delivered, thanking everyone, and it was very well-received.  It won’t affect your care at all (they’ll take good care of you no matter what), but they’ll be grateful and people will remember you as the nice ones who brought in the ______.

Post # 19
284 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I had my baby boy in december and made gooodie bags for all the nurses.  since it was the holidays I stuffed little plastic bags with Christmas chocolate, mini candy canes and peppermint hot chocolate.  I placed a little tag on all of them that said, “thank you for helping us welcome baby Ace”.  Everyone was super appreciative and making them helped me passed the time on bedrest.  We put them all in a box and brought it in with our hospital bag 🙂

Post # 20
4430 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Ummmm when I saw this I thought you made a typo…I mean I’d like to have snacks while in labor…they have a cafeteria and food carts!

I plan on packing snacks like pudding and jello and stuff for myself, and sneaking it to eat. 

Post # 21
104 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

As a nurse, I love when families bring us treats, BUT not homemade items. I’ll always question the kitchens cleanliness that it came out of. Fruit trays, cookie trays or even chick-fil-a nugget trays have been big hits. Recently a family bought a Jason’s Deli tray of brownies and they were just devine!

Post # 22
2115 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013


please no desserts lol! everyone brings junk. for myself.
i think soemthing like granola bars, popcorn, something easy. or even some good coffee beans!!! or creamer. most people give pizza, chips or cake. i just feel like when im working those things fill me up but make me want to crash. if you give them something good like muffins instead or trail mix… i guess people have nut allergies but… anyways, then they will have energy. in our town something homemade would be loved. its a small town so we pretty much trust everyone lol!!

Post # 23
446 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@hippomama:  I work at a hospital and we do love food. We get some many cookies and candies that personally I like fruit baskets, but I might be in the minority.  We get a lot of gourmet muffins from a local place that are really more like cupcakes and people love.

I might also mention that I really appreciate letters/emails sent to the nursing director talking about the positive experience and naming a few people that were particularly kind or helpful.  Sometimes we only hear the negative feedback and it really helps morale to be recognized and for your boss to hear it as well.


Post # 24
1041 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

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@BellaDee:  I get your point, but quite often we do not get a lunch or any breaks due to the nature of the job, so people bringing food in is really nice. Of course we bring in our own granola bars and such, but getting time to eat anything is not a given. I mean, for nurses to reliably get lunch/food they have to hire other nurses called “break nurses” to fill in for nurses in these periods. And, the vast majority of hospitals do not have them.

Granted, I’m also in favor of letting low risk women in labor eat lightly. I hope that policy in hospitals changes in the near future. So I know what you mean. 

Post # 25
85 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

As a nurse I can tell you we never eat homemade stuff we are just to paranoid about germs and getting ill. But I always love it when people bring in tea or yummy instant coffee drinks.

Post # 26
43 posts
  • Wedding: June 2012

That is a very nice idea! I am also a nurse who works the night shift and we are always grateful to receive coffees or treats from patients.

We usually receive tim hortons donuts, timbits, cookies, etc. Busy nurses are usually desperate and will eat anything in front of them, especially on night shift!

Post # 27
516 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@hippomama:  We brought a goodie basket to the hospital with us and when the nurses heard we had, they all got excited! 🙂 I think it is a super nice gesture and they really did appreciate it. I have a friend who actually works in the dept and she said they were all talking about how cute and nice of a couple we were and how they wished they had gotten to be our nurses! Lol. Appaently they were even talking about a blanket my mom made for our LO for like months afterward. Lol.

I definitely plan to make another goodie basket for the nurses for baby number two when it’s time. I want to make it much better than the first one I made though…I think nurses go through a lot and they deserve a little treat!


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@Dfuturebutcher:  That was what I figured when I made my goodie basket, so mine was a lot of drink mixes, bottles of water, some granola bars, some coffee packet things, and some other small things. 

Post # 30
679 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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@MrsWBS:  I agree.  My sister is a labor and delivery nurse and her hospital’s policy is that the staff cannot accept anything from patients, food or otherwise.

Post # 31
5658 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

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@hippomama:  I think that’s cute

Thanks for the idea. I hadn’t thought to bring them snacks and even reading your post I was like well that’s weird… I’m much more concerned with my own ability to have snacks! LOL

But according to all the nurse bee’s it’s a great idea!

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