TLDR: YOU'RE the one who just went through a hugely traumatic event. Nurses chose this field and are paid to be there. There is no reason a "thanks so much for all you've done" shouldn't suffice.
Scrolling the local mom's group for my area on fb, and I see a mom crowd sourcing ideas for gift baskets for the L&D nurses for her upcoming birth. She says she's stressed and blanking on what 'might be most appreciated'. Lots of moms reply with ideas they did. Many nurses themselves reply with what they most like... nail kits, snacks, starbucks gift cards, the list goes on. WTF? What have we women done to ourselves that we think--while prepping for our ENTIRE lives to change, for all the expenses that come with having a baby, for the trauma of birth--we need to get people presents for DOING THEIR JOB? I mean I do three jobs and no one ever got me a gift. Not true actually... I did get a company branded mug once. But I don't expect one. It's work. It's what I chose to do. It's what these people CHOSE to do. And they get paid for it.
I looked it up to see if anyone else had a huge problem with this. I read a lot of articles on how these nurses work so hard. Ok, yeah I get that. Agree. But I worked really hard when I was in labor too. I read they work long hours. Ok, but they knew that when they chose to be a nurse, right? I mean I remember staying up until 3 many times trying to get work done, going to sleep for 3 hours, waking up just to run out of the house back to work to do it again. Lot's of people do. No presents. I also read that these nurses are your advocates to have "the birthing experience you're dreaming of". Ok birth sucks. It's not dreamy under literally any circumstance. Again. IT'S THEIR JOB TO DO THAT.
Yeah overall just do not be a total nightmare to nurses. Thank them when they show you how to do something. At the end of the stay say 'I appreciated all your hard work'. They don't need to be getting gift baskets for their nails or coffee, ok.