Recently I was introduced to Dr. Elizabeth Chabner Thompson, MD, MPH, a radiation oncologist and mother of four who launched a company called Best Friends for Life (or BFFL). This website is chock full of important health information for moms and expecting moms (and yes, she was educated at Johns Hopkins and Harvard. So, she be smart).
Dr. Thomson also decided to create a line of items dedicated to hospital patients, including the “Mommy Delivery Bag” – an adorable bag that houses everything you need for the hospital when you bring that baby into the world! She really did pick the absolute BEST products- like their axillapilla® pillow, perfect for nursing (SO smart), the bio-oil for scars, and cute little packages to organize everything (details below). The pillow is so good in fact, that it was featured on the Katie Couric show! The bag is super cute, it actually makes you excited to go to the hospital.
Now, here is the best part – Miami Dearest readers can receive a 15% discount on this bag by using the code “FRIENDOFMIAMIDEAREST” (all caps) at checkout. It only lasts until the end of the month though, so hurry up!
I spoke to Elizabeth about the bag itself, why she chose each item, and general women’s health care issues. Today is part one of two – all about the cute bag. Later this week, I’m going to post part two of this interview where we get into mom health issues such as the rise of C-sections (and if this is good, bad, or otherwise), using hormones for birth control, and getting rid of that famous “mom pooch”. Yes, discounts are fun, but so is health awareness – especially if it means a flatter stomach So be sure to tune in later this week for the second half of this piece!
The bag itself is made of lightweight, stain resistant pack cloth, has metal feet to keep the bag off the hospital floor, and is roomy enough room for clothing and other essential personal items. It’s also great as a general mom-bag, btw, did you see the STAIN RESISTANT part?
Q: Dr. Thompson, tell me what is in the new Mommy Delivery bag? Why did you choose to include each of these items?
A: I put the Mommy/Delivery BFFLBag together to take the guesswork out of packing for the hospital. Moms are so busy and everyone is looking for practical ideas that simplify their lives. So, I just packed a bag the way I would want it—both as a mother and as a physician—all the things I hoped a patient would already have.
The bag itself is a beautiful, multicolor striped duffel, which makes it perfect for post-recovery trips to the gym or the beach. It comes loaded with essentials for labor and delivery, including:
- Toiletries to look and feel fresh before and after labor
- Earplugs for a quick cat nap
- Amusements to keep you occupied while waiting
- Note pad to jot down baby names and your to-do list
- Cards to get a head start on thank you notes
- Flip flops for that wonderful first shower
- Cozy socks and pashmina so you can stay warm and look great in those first new mom-shots
- A nursing/comfort pillow the “axillapilla” for the ideal position
- C-section incision supplies, maxi pads, and perfectly shaped ice packs for “down there”
- Mybody® skin care sampler to maintain that glow
NOTE: The bag also contains a collapsible water bottle, nursing pads, Bio-Oil for scars and stretch marks, and KIND bars (so brilliant, I forgot to bring snacks for myself, and the minute those meds wore off, I was starving beyond belief).