Giving thank you gifts for labor and delivery nurses is the perfect way to show your appreciation for the wonderful women who help you bring your baby into the world.
I remember with my first birth the overwhelming gratitude I felt for the labor and delivery nurses and staff. Especially the anesthesiologist who gave me my epidural, she was my best friend.
While I believe I said thank you to everyone at least a million times, I still wish I did more.
Making thank you gifts for labor and delivery nurses was on my to-do list when I was pregnant the first time. But, like a handful of other things I wish I did before baby arrived, I didn’t get around to it.
This pregnancy I’m well prepared. There are 18 days left until my due date and I have a beautiful bowl of labor and delivery nurse gift bags ready to be delivered when I deliver!
If you’re looking for labor and delivery nurse gift ideas read on to see what I put in my gift bags and a few other gift ideas you might like.
Stick around for the end of the post and grab your free printable thank you tags and free printable “take a bag” sign.
Labor And Delivery Nurse Gift Bags
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Are Gifts For Labor And Delivery Nurses Expected?
Ask any doctor or nurse and they’ll tell you gifts are never expected. They’re a nice gesture and always appreciated.
If you have the money and it’s something you want to do then go for it. If not, don’t stress, gifts are not expected at all.
How Many Nurses Help During Labor?
The hardest part for me making these gift bags was figuring out how many to make. I’d feel bad and awkward if I didn’t have enough.
I searched through a few blog posts from other mommy bloggers who have done gift bags for labor and delivery nurses, and read through a few pregnancy forums on the topic.
I read answers ranging from as low as 4 and as high as 20 (if you count in postpartum care nurses). Which doesn’t really narrow it down.
Thinking back to my first time giving birth I think I remember seeing about 10 or so different people, but my goodness it was almost four years ago.
To be safe, I went with 15 gift bags. Gifts aren’t expected, so when I’m out then I’m out. I’m not going to overthink it.
When To Give Labor And Delivery Nurse Gifts?
I made a sign to go with them that says please take a bag. I was thinking I would set them on a counter near the door in the room and I hope they all help themselves.
Some women said they had their husband bring it out to the front desk.
Its really up to you. If there are any left after I give birth I plan on offering them to any staff who come in.
How Much To Spend On Labor And Delivery Nurse Gifts?
Again, gifts are not expected. So the answer to how much you should spend on gifts for labor and delivery nurses if however much you want.
I didn’t go to the store with a budget in mind but I tallied up the cost afterwords for the sake of this post for anyone curious. I spent just under $55.00.
What To Put In Gift Bags For Labor And Delivery Nurses?
For my bags I went with a pack of gum, a chapstick, a travel size tube of lotion, and two milk chocolate Lindt Lindor truffles.
Don’t forget to print out your free thank you tags and “take a bag” printable at the end of this post.
Ideas For Gift Bags:
- granola bars
- trail mix
- hand sanitizer
- tic tacs
- crystal light packets
Other Labor And Delivery Nurse Gift Ideas
If you don’t want to do the gift bag idea some other mothers have done a grab basket. They fill a basket with all the items I mentioned above so nurses can pick and choose what they’d like.
Food is also always a great option. Some moms have Dad run out and get a box of donuts and coffee for the staff after the baby is born.
Printable Thank You Tags For Labor And Delivery Nurse Gift Bags
Feel free to print out the thank you tags I made to put on gift bags. You can choose from pink or blue. Just cut them out and use a hole punch to make a hole for your ribbon.
—> Blue Thank You Gift Tags <—
—> Pink Thank You Gift Tags <—
Printable “Take A Bag” Flyer To Go With Nurse Gift Bags
Don’t forget a sign to go with your gift bags to grab the nurses attention so they know to take one.
—> “Take A Bag” Blue <—
—> “Take A Bag” Pink <—
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