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#1 knicknat

Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:02 AM

What gift/s do you recommend getting for the midwives? Ive been watching 'one born every minute' (now finished) and they always seem to eating! Chocolates maybe...

#2 elmo_mum

Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:07 AM

i got my midwives, the ones who looked after me for 8 weeks a couple of huge boxes of choccies

the midwifes who delivered ds? nothing  nada  zip

they were rude and obnoxious

#3 deejie

Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:09 AM

DS1 was born in the public system and I never saw the same midwife twice, let alone form any sort of relationship with them sufficient to buy them a present.

DS2 was born at home under the care of a private midwife. Obviously I got to know her very well from many long antenatal visits and extended post natal care. I bought her a lovely tote bag with a swirling screenprint of a pregnant woman and since she has many causes that she cares for and is actively involved in, also donated to one of those.


#4 Dresden

Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:14 AM

Oh...I never ever thought to give them anything. I thought the priviledge of looking up my cooter was thanks enough. :/

#5 HRH Countrymel

Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:20 AM

I have a friend who was a midwife - she always had a great stash of chocolate and wine!

Now she is working in a community health role working with 'at risk' young mothers.... and we have to buy our own booze and chockies!

#6 Lagom

Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:21 AM

Nothing.  I didn't feel the need to.

#7 nicknick

Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:21 AM

I  got the midwife who delivered DD a cup & saucer with small pack of tea, I thought she would be probably drinking it in those wee hours she sits delivering babies. She spent so much time with me and encouraging my Vbac I wanted to give her a little something to say thank you. I also left one of the bunches of flowers I was given in hospital with them to enjoy, I had so many and taking them all home was hard.

Edited by nicknick, 29 January 2013 - 09:23 AM.


#8 CallMeFeral

Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:29 AM

Can't quite recall, but I think the midwife who looked after me through the pregnancy, the lactation consultant, and the midwife at delivery (who was lovely) got a card with DD's photo (like they'd care!) and a small pack of lindt.
The maternity ward got most of the flowers that we were given, plus a box of chocolates to share.
The evil midwife who was on shift overnight should have got a poo bomb... but didn't wink.gif

2nd time around the midwife got to keep the baby Tounge1.gif

Edited by CallMeProtart, 29 January 2013 - 09:29 AM.


#9 NinjaMum

Posted 29 January 2013 - 10:19 AM

Packet of timtams from me! I had figured the midwives could use something to keep them going except, the labour went so quickly that they didn't end up getting them until AFTER the baby was born!

I had the most wonderful midwife for the delivery, I wished I had more than just a packet of timtams to give! wub.gif

#10 axiomae

Posted 29 January 2013 - 10:26 AM

Nothing... I laboured at home and had DD an hour after arriving  at hospital. I had a midwife in the room with me for about 5mins of that hour - the 5 mins before she was born.

#11 knicknat

Posted 29 January 2013 - 02:47 PM

QUOTE (elmo_mum @ 29/01/2013, 10:07 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
i got my midwives, the ones who looked after me for 8 weeks a couple of huge boxes of choccies

the midwifes who delivered ds? nothing  nada  zip

they were rude and obnoxious


Sorry to hear that elmo_mum, can you say the name of the hospital where they were rude?

#12 knicknat

Posted 29 January 2013 - 02:50 PM

QUOTE (Dresden @ 29/01/2013, 10:14 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Oh...I never ever thought to give them anything. I thought the priviledge of looking up my cooter was thanks enough. :/


LOL wink.gif

#13 EssentialBludger

Posted 29 January 2013 - 02:51 PM

Nothing. My midwife was a rude b**ch who stabbed me with pethidine against my wishes. She's lucky I didn't give her an assault charge.

#14 Lucrezia Borgia

Posted 29 January 2013 - 02:54 PM

Nothing..like a PP don't think I ever saw the same midwife twice..most of them were nice enough and gave me good care, I figured they were being adequately remunerated for their jobs ...if one of them went above and beyond I probably would have bought them flowers or chocolate, but I didn't feel any of them did....

#15 R2B2

Posted 29 January 2013 - 03:02 PM

I adore all the midwives i've had.

Midwife 1 (DS) we got her a build a bear

Midwife 2 (DD1) hand cream pack
Midwife 3 (DD1) box of choccies

Midwife 4 (DD2) import beers and a build a bear of his fave footy team.

#16 cheekymonkeysmum

Posted 29 January 2013 - 03:07 PM

I didn't get them anything didn't know we had to.

I did like the midwives that delivered ds and the ones on the Ward were ok I really never thought of it that is their job I thought looking at babies all say would be thanks enough.

#17 Speshelle

Posted 29 January 2013 - 08:48 PM

Labor went for so long I probably went through half the midwives on the books.  I bought two huge boxes of chocolates (ferreros and wittners) and had them share it around on shift.

#18 knicknat

Posted 30 January 2013 - 12:46 PM

Thanks Ladies all good to know original.gif

#19 ~spirited~

Posted 30 January 2013 - 03:54 PM

DH bought the midwife who delivered DS a bunch of flowers. I wouldn't have thought to get her anything!

#20 boysescakes

Posted 30 January 2013 - 03:59 PM

Nothing.  Never crossed my mind to give them something?

#21 KBM

Posted 30 January 2013 - 04:11 PM

Some time later (6 weeks!  wwhistle.gif ) I made up several batches of different cookies and gave a selection to the ob, his midwives, the two m/ws at the hosp and to the 'gift givers' with a little home made card and photo of bub.

Took me some time to make cookies as it wasnt just mix them up, 20 mins in oven, done!  As you can imagine with a newborn and a 3yo, it was a afternoon long job.

#22 KBM

Posted 30 January 2013 - 04:12 PM

Deleted - double post

Edited by KarenBubMachine, 30 January 2013 - 04:12 PM.


#23 bree18

Posted 30 January 2013 - 04:17 PM

My mums a midwife and she always says the best present is when she gets a heartfelt thank you note.



#24 Soontobegran

Posted 30 January 2013 - 05:09 PM

Just from my perspective there was never an expectation to be given a gift by my patients, that being said I did receive some amazing gifts and heartfelt notes or cards.
It is a very human thing to feel as though you have made a difference in someone's life and I think more recognition across the board for good service would result in better job satisfaction and improved self worth.
I would definitely not give a gift just for the sake of gift giving, I do think it must be earned.

There has been lots of chocolates, alcohol, hand cream, tattslotto tickets,perfume, writing paper, movie tickets and money (that we don't take) but the most emotional gift for me was a hug and perhaps a card with a few words in it as I have been able to keep them all.

The very best gift really is to see a healthy baby in the arms of it's ecstatic parents.
* gone all teary now*

#25 MGB

Posted 30 January 2013 - 05:28 PM

We gave the midwives a couple of boxes of chocolates and the Midwife who delivered DD a separate box of chocolates and a card. She was wonderful.




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