I am currently on a mother/baby unit on at a nonprofit hospital and we are not allowed to have the nice peri-pad icepacks that all the postpartum moms like because they are too expensive. Most of the moms will use the "ice gloves" once because they are bulky and messy. The other night when we got report from a new L&D nurse she told us about taking the diapers and making a slit at one end then inserting icedown the center. This holds the absorbtion of water and lochia obviously and stays cool longer and covers more of the perineum. They are also less bulky. We have been passing word amongst the staff and have not brought it to clinical mgr. attention yet. We wanted to get patient response which is has been overwheming in favor. Our patients are now willing to keep ice to the swollen perineum. I had a patient last night that had a staff member who had not heard of the new ice diapers yet and had been given the old ice glove. She wore it once and refused more because of comfort and mess. I talked her into trying the new technique and she thought it was great and kept fresh ones on all night and by this AM was signnificantly less swollen. I know those managers out there reading these have to keep in budgets, but you also need to keep things like this in mind. Sorry this is so long, but I hope it helpd someone else and their patients.