Your birthing team helps you through one of the most intense moments in your life. A moment so impactful that studies have shown the birth of one’s child (and the death of one’s parents) are the last memories to leave an alzheimer patient’s memory.
I was reading around on some mom blogs, looking for items I might want to include in my hospital bag and a blog (which I’ve sadly forgotten the name of) sparked the idea to bring a small “thank you” item for your birthing team. This particular mom brought a scented hand sanitizer with a tag reading, “thanks for the helping hands.”
I was inspired.
Our birthing team would be small, consisting of one midwife (on a 24-hour shift), one doula, and my husband. Very small. If our son’s birth happened to overlap a shift change, I might end up with another midwife-doula team… the rhetoric of both these groups has been that a first time birth experience under 24-hours is considered quick, and that they frequently stay past their shift change when the end of a birth is in sight.
Of all the people who pass in and out of one’s life, I feel it would be an opportunity missed to not give a small token to let these ladies know you appreciate their dedication.
- Thanks a Latte -Template
(Free download! For personal use only – Word Document)
- Cardstock (~$2.99 for 50 sheets at JoAnns)
- Printing costs (Variable, ~60 cents a page at Fedex–30 cents per card!)
- Paper Cutter (free at FedEx)
- Glue (I used a hot glue gun)
- Gift Cards (Starbucks, $5+)
- Coffee Sleeves (free)
I picked Starbucks because there is one right next to the hospital, and one of the nurses who gave our birth center tour mentioned it was a favorite location of the birthing staff. What coffee house you choose is up to you, if there is a favorite nearby that isn’t Starbucks, the card won’t know the difference! 🙂
- Buy your gift cards and coffee sleeves
- Print the Template! I tend to print an extra page in case I go cut-crazy (which I did…whoops)
- Cut the the template out! (Free at FedEx)
- Gather your items
- Glue the bottoms of all the coffee sleeves closed
- Allow to dry
- Apply glue to the back of the coffee sleeves
- Place on the card
- Allow to dry
- Insert gift card
- DONE! 🙂
Consider indicating the dollar($) amount of the gift card somewhere on the card or coffee sleeve.