I was cleaning out my desk drawers yesterday and came across my folder full of hospital paperwork from when I had the baby: discharge instructions, a screening for postpartum depression, information on getting the birth certificate, etc.
There was also a paper that said “Thank you from the staff of Kennedy Maternity Center for allowing us to care for you and your family!” Then it listed the names of all the nurses who cared for me during my stay.
My question is: what is the point of that paper? Am I supposed to need the nurses’ names for something? It kind of made me feel like I’m supposed to tip them.
That got me thinking. Well, okay, if I’m supposed to tip the nurses who helped deliver my baby, what exactly should I give them?
Cash would be tacky. Flowers seem overdone and lame.
I thought about sending a tray of food, like Philly Pretzels or cookies…but don’t most women hate when there is junk food just sitting around at work? Then you feel compelled to eat it, because it’s there. Just asking to be eaten. Even if you’re not hungry.
Maybe a gift card to Target? But for how much? There were three nurses listed on the paper, but one of them took care of me for all of five minutes. So I figured if I was going to “tip” any of them, it was the other two, who were wonderful.
One was my labor and delivery nurse. She was awesome, hooking me up with morphine to dull my contractions until it was finally time for the blessed epidural. While we waited for the time to come when I could push, she chatted and joked with my husband and I. After a few hours, we felt like old friends.
The second nurse took care of me after I had the baby. She, too, was amazing- very friendly and helpful. I am petrified of IVs and she removed mine after 24 hours instead of making me keep it in for two days.
So now I have two nurses who provided exceptional service to me while having a baby…but do I really have to tip them? If so, what/how? Or will a thank-you card suffice?
How did you show appreciation for the staff when you delivered your baby? Do you think this paper was meant to encourage tipping or am I reading too much into it?