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Thank you presents for midwives?

(33 Posts)
LongTailedTit Tue 18-Mar-14 01:19:07

Has anyone done this before, or do you have any nice ideas of what they might like?

With DS I always meant to send her a thank you card with a pic of DS, but descended into PND gloopiness and never got around to it.
She was so fab, I still feel bad for not thanking her properly, nearly three years on!

I'm 33wks with DS2, will be going to the same hospital, and figured I should prep something in advance this time! smile

Blueuggboots Tue 18-Mar-14 01:23:45

I bought small tubes of expensive hand cream - l'occitane.

tuckingfits Tue 18-Mar-14 01:26:12

Hi, congratulations on your pregnancy! I had my second child in October & although not an original idea, I bought a tin of Quality Street chocolates for each ward I ended up having contact with (midwife-led side, transfer to consultant unit, post-natal ward & baby in neonatal unit for a short time). I also wrote cards for each "set" of staff. I wrote them just before discharge so that they were heartfelt & relevant rather than just a bog standard "cheers for the birth experience".

I hope your upcoming labour & birth are manageable, short & stress free & that your recovery post-birth is easy & speedy.

tuckingfits Tue 18-Mar-14 01:27:25

I like blueuggboots' gift idea!

NurseyWursey Tue 18-Mar-14 01:35:04

Cupcakes are always nice, you could get a naice box made and it's not too expensive. They always go down well!

The handcream idea is good too

Accidentallyquirky Tue 18-Mar-14 01:35:05

I made a hamper up for the community midwives after my home birth, lots of chocolates, biscuits, juice, nice coffee etc I knew it would come in handy , I had the same midwives all the way through and when I dropped it off they where so greatful

NurseyWursey Tue 18-Mar-14 01:38:12
Bornin1984 Tue 18-Mar-14 01:45:35

Can midwives accept gifts over a certain value?

When I have pfb I thought
About buying them a take away! But I will definitely buy nice tea coffee and biscuits!

NurseyWursey Tue 18-Mar-14 01:47:49

They're not supposed to accept gifts so it should be kept on the down low..

Cakes and biscuits etc are fine though because they're shared out

LongTailedTit Tue 18-Mar-14 02:52:04

Thanks all! smile I didn't realise they're not meant to accept gifts, so will keep it small.

I like the idea of lovely hand cream - they must have to use that awful hand sanitiser constantly, it's v drying.

And cupcakes/biscuits. Who doesn't love cupcakes! Plus I can trust DH to buy good ones

Tempted to find out if the lady who delivered DS is still working there, she'd only just qualified then.

Lj8893 Tue 18-Mar-14 03:16:26

I didn't buy anything for the midwife team as tbh I didn't really have much contact with them in my labour!!

We bought the scbu team a huge box of chocolates and a card though.

Kefybaby Tue 18-Mar-14 06:17:17

I had an amazing midwife and sent her a hamper with biscuits, chocolates, jam, coffee etc.

redcaryellowcar Tue 18-Mar-14 06:32:08

I wrote a card to mw who delivered ds and also to the ward we stayed on overnight, and gave both a box of chocolates (think they were celebrations!) nothing too elaborate, but i think getting a card to say thank you probably is well received.

JakeBullet Tue 18-Mar-14 06:32:32

Tbh when I was a midwife the gifts that meant most were cards and a photo of the baby just after birth.

I have around a dozen photos of mothers and babies that I was given. I treasure them.

The scary thing is that the "babies" are now all teenagers and older. Makes me feel old grin .

LavenderFox Tue 18-Mar-14 07:29:16

It is nice to get a photo and a card, most midwives do store them for life. It really makes a difference to get a card with some nice words in it when you are busy and tired and demoralised.... Because it is a public job we are not supposed to be given money or alcohol (not that the rules are really enforced by anyone) but hand cream, snack hamper etc all sound great and won't be over the top. There is a chance that she may not be on shift when you bring your present so avoid perishables like cupcakes or she may never end up benefitting from it....

stargirl1701 Tue 18-Mar-14 08:12:46

We made up a hamper of naice tea and coffee with 6 mugs saying 'Keep Calm, I'm a Midwife'.

Jellylove Tue 18-Mar-14 08:26:00

Midwives do like personal cards from people they have looked after, and do often keep them as a happy memory.
We do appreciate gifts if that's how you like to express thanks smile
Nice tea & biscuits, or a bottle of nice wine, or a nice hand cream is a great idea.
I have known other midwives get a free meal from restaurant owners or a salon treatment for the same reason.
A box of celebration or quality street rarely lasts 30 minutes on a hospital ward as they go down so well!

Roseandmabelshouse Tue 18-Mar-14 09:05:09

I'm a midwife. I never expect presents but hand cream and tea/biscuits are a lovely idea. To be honest though I love a thoughtful hand written card, especially with a picture. I treasure these cards most.

not a midwife but do wok in mat hospital, hand cream is alway lovely as we all have hands like 90 year old women, you can also never go far wrong with choccies.

ILickPicnMix Tue 18-Mar-14 09:28:05

We bought a few tins of sweets to thank the people who helped us when our baby was in NICU. Everyone swarmed around and ate some. They were pleased smile
Don't think it matters what it is, its the thought that counts!

weebairn Tue 18-Mar-14 10:18:25

Not a midwife but my mate is ; she says she loves getting cards and photos ; and a women wrote to her supervisor once saying how great she was - that was pretty special and she gets to keep it in her portfolio (or whatever midwives have)

FoodieMum3 Tue 18-Mar-14 10:33:42

My aunt is a midwife in the hospital where I had my DC. She told me not to give chocolates or biscuits etc because most of the staff are super health conscious and won't eat them!!
I gave in a large fruit hamper.

I always see them munching on biscuits on OBEM though

AtYourCervix Tue 18-Mar-14 10:52:08

Foodie tjat is the fumniest thing i have ever read grin

JakeBullet Tue 18-Mar-14 10:57:40

Foodie your aunt has evidently never seen a load of midwives around a tine of Celebrations grin. Talk about vultures lol.....(been there and done it)

Roseandmabelshouse Tue 18-Mar-14 12:13:33

Haha I haven't met too many health conscious midwives.

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