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OB "Goodie" Bags for Moms

Has 10 years experience. Specializes in OB.

What kind of things does your facility include in your take home bags for new moms and babies?

What are some other things your facility does to make the birth a special event? Special meals? "Room Service"? It's a girl/boy signs on the door?

I am a new director of a small OB unit and am looking for some simple, creative ideas to celebrate with our patients, the birth of their babies!

Elvish, BSN, DNP, RN, NP

Specializes in Community, OB, Nursery.

When I had my son 7yrs ago, they sent us home with a (nice) diaper bag full of newborn diapers, a rectal thermometer (!), a onesie with the hospital name, a plastic tube to measure whether a toy is a choking hazard (if it fit inside, it was a hazard), and a few other things that I can't remember now. We also got a nice steak dinner the first night after I delivered. When I had my daughter a year ago, I got diapers and formula (even though I was breastfeeding). That was it. My hospital used to give away really nice bags, but they've gotten cheap as well. We give folks a foldable car sun shade with the hospital logo on it, a CD of lullabies, and a bottle of lotion.

One thing my place does that I really like is we have the standard pink/white striped hats, but someone got creative one day and cut holes in the lower portion and threaded a strip of another hat (cut in thirds) to make it look like a bow. It is really cute, and the parents love it (for their little girls, anyway, LOL). We haven't been able to figure out something similarly cute for the boys.

PeepnBiscuitsRN

Specializes in OB (with a history of cardiac).

We send give them a black canvas bag with the hospital logo on it (it came in real handy when I had my daughter last year) and in the bag is a little onesie with the hospital logo on it- fit her till she was about 6 months or so. A couple of parking vouchers for free parking, and a $10.00 gift card to the cafe/deli. We also let the parents raid the cart when they leave- diapers, wipes, bulb syringes, basins, combs...all theirs. Some nice folks also knit a TON of hats, I swear we have like 4 garbage bags full of knit hats, in addition to the stockinette hats.

They don't go home with formula unless they specifically request it, and we try not to bring it up since we really encourage breastfeeding.

PinkNBlue, BSN, RN

Has 10 years experience. Specializes in Obstetrics.

Wow, we don't do anything anymore. We used to do a lot but with the economy, it's scarce. We do have volunteers that knit hats for the babies in addition to the pink and blue striped hats they come up with from L&D. I think it's awesome that you're thinking of ideas to have on your unit to give to the parents. We used to give formula feeding families a diaper bag with coupons and samples of formula but since we're trying to become a Baby Friendly hospital, we've stopped doing that to avoid promoting formula.

Wow. The only thing my hospital gives is small diaper bags from formula companies. And the only reason we give them is because we get them for free. We don't give formula though, unless they are using formula. Then they can take what's left in the crib.

mommy2boysaz

Has 10 years experience. Specializes in OB.

Interesting...

Some of the hospitals in my area give out Vera Bradley diaper bags, DeBrands chocolates (very expensive, delicious stuff!), etc, etc. Patients will actually call around and ask what freebies each hospital gives out before they decide where they will deliver! Not exactly the highest priority in my opinion, but it is happening!

What, a new baby isn't enough of a "goodie" by her/himself??

Fyreflie

Has 4 years experience.

What, a new baby isn't enough of a "goodie" by her/himself??

I know, right?

Nothing. The baby is the parents gift.

eatmysoxRN, ASN, RN

Has 1 years experience. Specializes in Med/Surg,Cardiac.

I'm not an OB nurse. And I've never had a baby. That being said, I think a nice laminated card or some cards with useful information would be awesome. Immunization schedules. How often to feed. Back to sleep. Benefits of breastfeeding. Decorating a crib safely When to start cereal and foods and stuff. Important phone numbers? Maybe put it on a cute ribbon and a clip to attach it to a crib or something? I dread having children because I know I'll be lost. And I love cheat sheets :)

When I delivered my daughter (at the hospital where I currently work) in addition to the usual diaper bag with pacifiers, diapers, onesies and blankets... I was sent home with a book, I called it my baby bible..and loved having it around since she was my first child.. it was several hundrend pages long and had detailed info on baby-infant-child development, ages 0-5yrs... My daughter will be five this year and I still use it as a reference... I use(d) it more than anything else I was sent home with..

Unless the baby is born to a known low-income family, send them home with instructions, a few diapers, and let that be it. Goody bags are absolutely ridiculous. The majority of these patients have showers for that. This isnt like going to McDonalds and getting a toy with your happy meal. Think of the money wasted, which could be better spent hiring an extra social worker or advocate for teen moms, moms without supports systems in place, or an extra lactation consultant/educator.

Also, this is a hospital, not a hotel. We wonder why patients get so needy and demanding. Its because they forget that they are in a place designed to provide medical care and support while they bring their new blessing (their GIFT) into the world. An L&D unit is not all rainbows and flowers- its a unit just like any other part of the hospital. And some moms leave there with a sick baby or no baby at all. Any intelligent new parent will be overwhelmed with gratitude just for the blessing of a healthy, new baby. No extras needed.

serenity1

Has 7 years experience. Specializes in labor & delivery.

We used to send the bag from the formula companies with formula, coupons, butt salve samples and a cold pack for carrying formula. We have recently removed all those from the hospital and all the new family gets is a tote bag with our hospital logo on it and their baby. We do not give out pacifiers, shirts or blankets. No one has complained.

PinkNBlue, BSN, RN

Has 10 years experience. Specializes in Obstetrics.

Vera Bradley diaper bags???? Where is this hospital?!?!? Dang!!

Double-Helix, BSN, RN

Has 9 years experience. Specializes in PICU, Sedation/Radiology, PACU.

I understand the PP's that say it shouldn't be necessary to give out goodie bags to new parents, but often it is helpful for the hospital.

OB patients can be more selective about their hospital than perhaps any other patient. Very few other patients get the option of touring their unit prior to being admitted. Let's face it- many new parents are much more concerned about the amenities they will get during delivery than the medical care they will receive.

"Double rooms? No way am I going there," says one mom.

"Flat screen TV's in each room? I love this place," says a dad.

"Post delivery massage? Let's come here!" says a mom.

"Steak dinner for the parents before we leave? Sounds great!" says a dad.

"This hospital gives out a diaper bag full of diapers, wipes, formula, and pacifiers when we leave? I want to go here!" says a mom.

See what I mean? One of the first things pregnant women think about is where they will deliver their baby. The next thought is what kind of perks they will get for delivering there. True, some women already have an OB and choose to deliver where their doctor has privileges. Others choose based on the c-section rate, the availability of a NICU, etc. But many choose an OB-GYN who has privileges at the hospitals they have already researched and want to deliver at. And their choice is probably more likely based on the amenities than the medical reputation.

Fyreflie

Has 4 years experience.

I understand the PP's that say it shouldn't be necessary to give out goodie bags to new parents, but often it is helpful for the hospital.

OB patients can be more selective about their hospital than perhaps any other patient. Very few other patients get the option of touring their unit prior to being admitted. Let's face it- many new parents are much more concerned about the amenities they will get during delivery than the medical care they will receive.

"Double rooms? No way am I going there," says one mom.

"Flat screen TV's in each room? I love this place," says a dad.

"Post delivery massage? Let's come here!" says a mom.

"Steak dinner for the parents before we leave? Sounds great!" says a dad.

"This hospital gives out a diaper bag full of diapers, wipes, formula, and pacifiers when we leave? I want to go here!" says a mom.

See what I mean? One of the first things pregnant women think about is where they will deliver their baby. The next thought is what kind of perks they will get for delivering there. True, some women already have an OB and choose to deliver where their doctor has privileges. Others choose based on the c-section rate, the availability of a NICU, etc. But many choose an OB-GYN who has privileges at the hospitals they have already researched and want to deliver at. And their choice is probably more likely based on the amenities than the medical reputation.

That's really unfortunate :( all I gotta say is yay for my socialist healthcare system! I don't think I'll ever wrap my head around the idea of treating a hospital like a business.

Stephalump

Has 2 years experience. Specializes in Forensic Psych.

I understand the PP's that say it shouldn't be necessary to give out goodie bags to new parents, but often it is helpful for the hospital.

OB patients can be more selective about their hospital than perhaps any other patient. Very few other patients get the option of touring their unit prior to being admitted. Let's face it- many new parents are much more concerned about the amenities they will get during delivery than the medical care they will receive.

"Double rooms? No way am I going there," says one mom.

"Flat screen TV's in each room? I love this place," says a dad.

"Post delivery massage? Let's come here!" says a mom.

"Steak dinner for the parents before we leave? Sounds great!" says a dad.

"This hospital gives out a diaper bag full of diapers, wipes, formula, and pacifiers when we leave? I want to go here!" says a mom.

See what I mean? One of the first things pregnant women think about is where they will deliver their baby. The next thought is what kind of perks they will get for delivering there. True, some women already have an OB and choose to deliver where their doctor has privileges. Others choose based on the c-section rate, the availability of a NICU, etc. But many choose an OB-GYN who has privileges at the hospitals they have already researched and want to deliver at. And their choice is probably more likely based on the amenities than the medical reputation.

While I have put a lot of thought into the hospitals I've delivered in, I can honestly say goody bags have have never even entered my mind, and it isn't anything I've ever heard mentioned by any other mother, either.

BUT, I've never gotten anything amazing. If I had, I'd probably be super excited and spread the word, and maybe even choose that hospital next time if everything else was up to my standards.

Read: I want a Vera Bradley diaper bag! :p

I have heard of hospitals who have child birth classes giving away goodie bags. I guess I could understand that. It would be nice if all hospitals could afford to give nice gifts, but unfortunately it is all about money now. That's why there are so many elective inductions. Just get them in, crank that pit up, get that baby out and get them discharged ASAP so the next patient can come in. I always wanted to do OB, but the way it is now, so medical, I really don't enjoy it as much as I thought I would.

when i delivered my twins 6 years ago I got Similac diaper bags (one for each baby) and the nurses loaded them up with formula (I had to feed 24 cal formula due to SGA and at that time you couldn't buy it), plus all the stuff in the crib (and they stocked it before I left) so I came home with all kinds of diapers and wipes, tubes of Vaseline etc...

now you get a diaper bag (most are Gerber since WIC is contracted with Good Start) and it has a can of powdered formula in it and a bib - we aren't allowed to put extra diapers in the cribs (they get one pack of diapers for the entire stay and if they run out we have to bring them 2 diapers at a time) and we aren't allowed to fill the bag with any extra formula.

ETA - I now work in the hospital I delivered in - at the time I did not

TexasCourgette

Has 2 years experience. Specializes in Labor & Deliery.

For the boys, pull 2 little strings out from the bottom of the hat, and use it to tie the top 2 corners of the hat--it'll look like bear ears!

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