Making Requests and Asking Questions
Make the Nurses Feel Appreciated
Nursing staff can be so overloaded these days that at times, it may be difficult to get their attention. Become a favorite patient by being polite from the get-go. Cluster your requests for acetaminophen, juice, and baby advice. And a little buttering up never hurts: Have a candy dish in your room, or deliver a nice box of chocolates to the nursing station. You could also preorder a basket of fruit and enclose a card from you and the baby. That's what Sara Abbott, a mother of two who lives outside of Boston, did before the birth of her second child: "My husband and I actually chose to spend Thanksgiving at the hospital when I could have been released early," she remembers. "It was like being in a hotel with a bunch of sweet grandmothers."
When in Doubt, Ask
Your postpartum hospital stay is pretty much the only time you'll be surrounded by so many baby-care experts at once, so don't be shy. "Many problems can be prevented or easily solved by simply asking a few things," Dr. Kline says. "There are really never any stupid questions!"