Memories of that time in the hospital with my newborn son are fuzzy at best, but I can remember a list of things the nurses and doctors were checking before we were released into the wild, wild world. From what I recall, this list was pretty clinical in nature. So, as a kind suggestion, I encourage every postpartum woman to do the things every new mom should do before leaving the hospital; things that don't necessarily benefit a woman's newborn directly; things that go well beyond what’s on the doctor’s list.
Now, this isn't to say the list your OB-GYN checks off isn't totally acceptable as-is, because it is. I mean, they went through years and years of schooling to familiarize themselves with that list. That list matters, my friends. However, doctors don't, um, always factor in the shock value of things like mesh underwear and ice diapers. That takes some processing (at least, it did for me).
Really, I’m sorta surprised I remember any of it at all, given the hormones and feelings and emotions and superhero serum and whatever else was pulsing through my body as a result of having just given birth. I know I spent a lot of time staring at my swaddled son, then looking around the dim room on what turned out to be my first of many sleepless nights. Thankfully, the nurses were super helpful in teaching me the basics while simultaneously assuring my spouse and I (and reassuring us) many times over that the weird sound our son was making was, in fact, normal. So, on that note, should I find myself in a hospital and recovering from birth again, I might consider adding the following things to the checklist: