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I saw a crazy article on babycenter.com about some if the over the top perks some hospitals offer. Strollers?! Carseats?! Fancy steak dinners?! Massages?!
All I got from from the hospital after giving birth to my first was some mesh panties, a few gigantic pads, and a large bill!
Have you ever had perks after giving birth? Does your hospital offer any perks that you know of? And could these really be free or are they just tacked on to your bill? I can't imagine a hospital providing a nice, Graco stroller/carseat or surf and turf dinner, at no charge...
Here's the article: Choosing a hospital should be carefully considered, to make sure that you have the safest and most comfortable birth possible. But it turns out that may not be all you think about before deciding where you want to give birth.
Take a look at some of the swag BabyCenter moms say their hospitals give out.
Friedtwinkies says “I know the hospital I deliver at gives all new moms either a car seat or a stroller (both Graco I believe)”
elisabeth_dean tells us that “They do a celebration dinner OR basket for the parents. The food is really quite good. Shrimp cocktail, bacon wrapped tenderloin or a fancy chicken dish, nice sides, nice beverages. They set up a table with a nice, linen table clothe, etc. The basket (which my sister opten for since DH was over seas) had some gift cards to local shops, nice cheeses, fancy crackers, jams, spreads and other goodies in it. It’s pretty cool, too!”
Sweetpea041609 says “At my hospital we get a surf n turf dinner our last night and then I also get a massage before I leave.”
ashtennnn gets “a free diaper bag with formula in it and lots of extra cool things like thermometers and basic things you need. They also give you a diaper bag backpack thing it’s pretty cool. As well as a nice dinner for the new parents “
The hospital I delivered my first baby at, in San Francisco, gave us a steak dinner with real china and tablecloth. Then we took home big storage tote with all the diapers, snot-suckers (Oops I mean bulb syringe), thermometers, sitz bath gear, and let us not forget the mesh underwear and ENORMOUS pads. I also got a bag from a formula company with samples and literature and a breastfeeding chart.
Most importantly I took home an actual baby – all the rest is incidental.
But still, a car seat? That would have been cool.
What perks – amazing or mundane – does your hospital give out?
The hospital that I had my daughter in, which I'll also have this one in, gave us a celebratory dinner one of the nights we were there. We had an appetizer (stuffed ravioli), dinner which I believe was steak/mashed potatoes, a bottle of sparkling cider and cheesecake for dessert. It was AWESOME! I think we got to choose what we wanted for each course out of a small menu. It was such a nice gesture from the hospital. I hope they still do that!
That was 5 years ago...
The hospital that I had my sons in didn't do anything like that at all. All I got from them was a headache
The ones that I've delivered at (two different hosps. two different states) both gave the father and I a nice steak dinner. I didn't get it with my last one because he was a NICU baby, he and daddy took off in an ambulance a few hours after he was born and I left the next day before dinner. I was kinda bummed. Would have been good for lunch, lol!
I'm hoping to deliver at a different hospital this time around, I'll have to ask my friend if they do anything nice for new parents.
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I didn't pay attention to our bill. We got a car seat and a fancy "candlelight" dinner. I think Matt may have had a fillet and I had chicken. We also had shrimp, chocolate covered strawberries, sparkling grape juice, and a little cake.
The car seat that we got kind of sucked though b/c the straps dug in his legs and rubbed them raw. There was this piece on the straps that was in an awkward spot that didn't help. We didn't use it very long. I ended up trading it in for his conv. car seat at TRU.
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Our first hospital gave us the diaper bag with some extra formula (even though we BF), an engraved spoon, a handmade hat, and that's about it. The second hospital gave the option of a full travel system or a breast pump-both the highest-end! I took the system at first, but when it was clear that I'd need the breast pump because my baby wouldn't latch (or eat, period), I took that. I couldn't have afforded it otherwise! This hospital will give us nothing. They don't even give you the Similac diaper bag because they want everyone to BF. I liked the diaper bag for the samples of baby stuff and the cool thermal bag! I donated the formula. So...poor third baby...
A steak dinner is pretty routine here but honestly I have always eaten kind of light after childbirth. A big huge meal after all my body went through always makes me feel sick. A fruit/cheese tray would have been awesome. LOL Other than that, once I got a medela manual breastpump. I actually ended up using it almost daily for the duration of two nursers
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A steak dinner? I wish! I got a hamburger and salad after I gave birth! They sent us home with a diaper bag, onesie, samples etc. and 2 small bottles of formula Just in case. This time I will have my baby at a brand new hospital so hopefully the perks are better!
There is a hospital around here that does free newborn photography for each baby. You get really nice pictures and a cd with all the images. I think that's pretty cool, but we couldn't go there with our hospital birth (wrong insurance) and now we have the insurance they take, but we are doing a home birth. Go figure!
I have gotten a nice dinner, cake, sparkling grape juice, diaper bag (nice one from a local baby outlet), diapers, breast pump, formula, paci all kinds of stuff. I think they want to make sure all Moms have what they need. It's nice..
Hmm... Have to jog my memory.
We got the "celebratory dinner" but it was nothing to write home about. It was pretty much standard hospital fare.
They also gave me a diaper bag- nothing fancy, and it advertised the hospital name on the outside. The bag was stuffed with some goodies including a CD of "nap time" music, probably a few formula samples, some baby shampoo and a hair brush.
I feel like they gave us a lot of stuff, but nothing big. No car seats Or breast pumps, that's for sure!