wonderful pear / 26210 posts
I delivered my son in Switzerland and while it was nice, it was really bare bones in terms of extra supplies. The best thing they did was to not charge us for the private room upgrade. I was there for 4 days and it would have been $1000 but we never received a bill for it.
pomegranate / 3964 posts
These responses very so much, it's very interesting to read through!
Love the idea of a massage therapist, and a nice steak dinner!
My hospital was a catholic hospital, midwest, city of 58,000.
We got private rooms, one for labor, one for recovery. The food was decent, DH did get a ticket for one meal included but never used it. Soda/water/coffee was free as well.
It seems even the 'standard' care differs quite a bit, especially between countries!
cantaloupe / 6081 posts
@T.H.O.U.: of all the things to be stingy about!! And those can’t be expensive!
I got the side eye for asking for size 1 diapers last time. They probably thought I was stocking up for home. But that little guy was 9lb13oz 23” and his buns were not completely covered by newborn size
grapefruit / 4492 posts
@T.H.O.U.: My nurse saw that I only had a couple pairs left in the pack that was in my room that I would be taking home. She poked them into my hospital bag, and said she'd be right back. She came back with a new pack saying something about how I was out and needed a new pack. She was my hero!
wonderful clementine / 24134 posts
@bhbee: I know! I literally had to tell her that there was blood on my current ones. When I went to take that first post-birth shower there was no way I was putting old ones back on! I didn't have a "pack" in my room, it was literally just one pair that the nurse brought in.
Ours was great with the size 1 diapers! We never used NB either! They did tell me that once the "package" is open they obviously can't save it or reuse the rest so you can take that home!
clementine / 870 posts
Um , wow this thread makes me want to scope out my nearby hospitals some more...
We went home with a little plastic tub to bathe the baby, couple sample size vaseline packets, whatever was left of our diapers and wipes packs, the baby hat and mittens, and snot-sucker. I got the rest of the bag of mesh panties and incredibly long pads.
While we were there, I was allowed 3 meals from the cafeteria delivered and I got one extra a day for a guest. And I did order the steak, but it was like 4 oz and I was STARVING.
I am so jealous of the ladies that got massages!
persimmon / 1101 posts
Damn! I was pretty impressed with the cookie I got after delivery, but now I am rethinking how awesome it was! Plus it was probably like a $2000 cookie....
cherry / 128 posts
I got one oversized pad, one peri bottle, one sample tube of vaseline, and one sample sized bottle of baby wash. I was also given a little sample envelope of a nipple cream when I asked them if they could give me anything for the discomfort I was experiencing while trying to nurse. My hospital registration package specifically said to bring pads/diapers/wipes/etc as they don't supply them.
I had been hoping for a private room since my insurance covers it, but they were full beyond their capacity and didn't have one available, so my husband was not able to stay with me overnight. Overall, I was pretty happy to get out of there and go home!
pomelo / 5220 posts
Wow the variances are incredible. I'd say I had a "normal" experience. Although my room was brand new and felt very much like a hotel with a nice private bathroom. The nurses were generous with supplies and totally encouraged us to take lots of diapers and stuff home. The food was good enough and DH was allowed to eat whatever he wanted as well. We did get a cute Red Sox hat for the baby (the hospital is the official hospital of the Red Sox) but otherwise, no other swag. I did get a giant cup too.
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apricot / 477 posts
Also Canadian lol
They put the first diaper on them and we had a hand knitted hat for each baby. They were kitted by volunteers.
My youngest actually has three becaus each nurse debated the fit of his hat.
coconut / 8482 posts
@YouGotMe: oh yes I think we got the knitted hats too!
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