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I know we did this thread a couple of months ago but I thought I would throw it back out. Are you guys buying anything for your mw's and/or doula? If so what? When will you give it to them?<br><br>
I was thinking I would get some type of jewelry for my doula and then I was going to buy some things for the birth center (they have a wish list of items they always need; sheets, baby blankets, etc) and then I was thinking I would send food for the staff, bagels or cookies or something.
 

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I've just finished knitting a shawl for our midwife out of lovely organic mohair. I'm about to start a second one for my housemate/support person. I plan to wrap the shawls around lovely bath things from my favorite pamper myself store, and present them as thank you presents at the baby warming party we're planning for a few weeks before our due date.
 

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I dont know either. I know her favorite color is purple so I was thinking something purple. LOL I was also thinking like a gas card or something since she has to travel an hour to get here. She has TONS of pregnant mama sculptures and stuff in her "office" so I am assuming she got lots of those as gifts.
 

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What we have decided on ( I think)<br><br>
giving each one a basket with several giftcards from (MW will get higher amount):<br><br>
amazon.com<br>
a local coffee shop (they are both always w/ coffee in hand)<br>
a gift card for gas<br><br>
and writing a thank you letter for each offering to serve as a future reference.<br><br>
Boring but uber practical.
 

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Great ideas all! I love the gas card suggestion -- HB midwives and doulas have to drive SO much!<br><br>
When are you all going to give your gifts? At the birth (immediately after, I assume) or at one of the follow up visits?
 

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I was thinking of having it here for the birth or if not, at one of the couple day after postpartum visits.
 

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I feel terrible, I never given my midwives a gift for any of the births...usually because paying for the birth out of pocket leaves me so cash strapped I can't afford extras!
 

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I LOVE Gas Cards, I've only ever gotten one, but I LOVED it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/heartbeat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="heartbeat"> (Hopefully soon I'll be running on Veggie oil)<br>
Clothing of anytype, shawls, skirts, scarves...cloth diapers for my son <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br>
Books, we can NEVER have too many books, ok maybe too many<br>
Herbs or herbal tinctures<br>
Food, I love to eat, especially with my families<br>
A long hug for no reason at all...<br>
Drawings from the siblings, always chokes me up<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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I think I'm just giving our midwife two jars of honey for the birth. She mentioned that she liked home grown? honey and it just so happens that FIL is a Bee Keeper. I'm not sure whatelse to do. She's hinted that she wants a morter and pestle but I just ordered our and decided if she wanted it after we were done she could have it. But I don't know that I'd want something that was used to encapsulate someone else's placenta.
 

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I think usable gifts are usually really nice for MWs and Doulas. A lot of times, if they';ve been working for a while they have lots of things and they'd prefer something they could use like food, soap, gift certificate, etc.
 
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