Former bedrester also wanting to chime in... I definitely agree with the suggestions :)
Other things that I would have liked to have had in the hospital...
- Stuff to look at other than the walls. Pictures, posters, a plant... ANYTHING but the same crappy beige-white hospital walls and view of the gravel part of the roof would have been awesome.
- Hobby stuff. I spent the first day having my IQ lowered by daytime TV shows because I didn't bring anything to really do. Thankfully hubby brought my markers and drawing pad so I could cartoon. If your friend has portable hobbies, you could bring her supplies to do them.
- Daytime visitors. Anybody would have been nice to chat with. :)
- A journal. Bedrest can be frustrating because it is very hard for people to remain inert, immobile and unbusy. Many people think that bedrest is easy because all the person has to do is just lay there. I remember hating to have to sit still and do nothing on the naughty chair when I was a kid; bedrest is like the EPIC equivalent of the naughty chair, and having a journal to write out your thoughts, feelings an frustrations is helpful.
- An offer of a mani or pedi. It doesn't have to be professional, but it's hard to feel good about yourself when you don't think you look nice.
- Cleaning and laundry help around the house. Nothing says stress like coming home to a messy house. :P
- Microwave-able meals. If your friend has a child, her partner might be overwhelmed by having to take on child-care. Meals that feed a horde and that can be put into small portions - like lasagna and chili - can definitely help out when kiddo is hungry and cooking is too much.
- Support for my partner. While bedrest is stressful for the restee, it is also stressful for the partner who may have been thrust into a primary care-giver position. I know that my husband really could have used a friendly ear to talk to when I was stuck in the hospital.