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8 thoughtful gifts for labour and delivery nurses

Give your labour and delivery nurses an extra thanks with one of these gifts.

By Emily Rivas

8 thoughtful gifts for labour and delivery nurses

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Thoughtful gifts for labour and delivery nurses

Great ways to say thank you

If you’re pregnant right now, you’ve probably encountered this question in forums plenty of times: “What kind of gift can I buy for my labour and delivery nurses?” Of course, this isn’t something you have to do. Nurses don’t expect to receive gifts, but after some awesome nurses help you through such an important time (trust us, the nurses who are on duty can make or break your whole labour experience—you barely see the doctors!), here are some great ways to give an extra thank you.

Labour and delivery nurse bottle-feeding newbornPhoto: iStockphoto

Sandwich tray

Nurses always appreciate food, especially if it’s something that can be shared with the team and eaten throughout the day for lunch or dinner. But make sure you go to a grocery store to buy it instead of opting for homemade—most hospitals have to throw out homemade food given to them to prevent any possible transmission of disease from potential food-handling issues.

8 thoughtful gifts for labour and delivery nursesPhoto: iStockphoto

Punny badge holder

If you had a smaller group of nurses helping you, say thanks with this punny badge holder. They’ll surely have a laugh and remember you every time they look down at their badge. $13, BadgeBlooms via etsy.ca

8 thoughtful gifts for labour and delivery nursesPhoto: BadgeBlooms via Etsy

Cute pens

There’s no such thing as too many pens, especially when boring-looking ones have the tendency to go missing. Buy a few packs of cute pens that can be shared with the team that helped you. Plus, you know that they’ll definitely get use out of them. $16, indigo.ca

8 thoughtful gifts for labour and delivery nursesPhoto: Indigo

Pastries or snacks

Not about the savoury? Bring the nurses something sweet that they can share like a box of donuts. But, again, play it safe and stay away from the homemade goods. Packaged snacks, which can be packaged in a gift basket, are perfect to keep in a staff room for everyone to share, too.

8 thoughtful gifts for labour and delivery nursesPhoto: iStockphoto

Card with a heartfelt note

You can never go wrong with a card with a sweet message inside—it’s the best way to say thank you! Starting at $7, PalmerStPress via etsy.ca

8 thoughtful gifts for labour and delivery nursesPhoto: iStockphoto

Flowers

Feel like a card isn’t enough? Add in a bouquet of flowers! This is a classic thank-you gift that never fails.

8 thoughtful gifts for labour and delivery nursesPhoto: iStockphoto

Hand cream

With all the handwashing that goes on in a hospital, some hand cream would be welcomed with open arms. Go for mini ones that can easily be stored in a pocket or purse. Starting at $4, bathandbodyworks.ca

8 thoughtful gifts for labour and delivery nursesPhoto: Bath and Body Works

Tim Hortons or Starbucks gift card

Keep the nurses fuelled during their long shifts with a gift card they can buy coffee or tea with. Make sure the gift card is for a coffee shop that’s either in the hospital or close to it—nurses are busy people and don’t have time to walk far to get a coffee.

8 thoughtful gifts for labour and delivery nursesPhoto: Tim Hortons, Starbucks

Read more: #ThisIsMyLife: 8 things NOT to say to a woman in labour Checklist: What to bring to the hospital What to pack for a scheduled C-section

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