I got a new doula-bag a few months ago, and I am still excited about it. Being a full-time, fully-booked doula, I decided it was time to upgrade from my cumbersome suitcase to a nice bag that that I could love carrying around.
I opted for a bag that can be worn as a shoulder bag OR as a backpack. The backpack feature is nice because I’m also often toting around my birth pool and supplies (stay tuned for my next post to see what I do for that!).
In the front pocket, I have a few handy items:
- Bendy Straws
- Ziploc bag of latex gloves
Inside the bag, I have the following:
- TENS machine, pads, and spare batteries
- Ice pack
- Some LED candles
- A few handy compartmentalizing bags to further organize supplies
The herbs-etc bag, as seen above, contains:
- A few herbs for a postpartum tea (using only the herbs I am familiar with, no guessing games in using herbs and teas with clients!)
- A couple nice essential oils such as lavender and peppermint oil
- Packets of powdered coconut water and Emergen-C
- Chicken stock cubes and dehydrated miso soup packets
I also have some spare home birth supplies, for people who need some extras in a pinch, didn’t have time to prepare, or are changing to a home birth plan at the last minute. It contains:
- 2 garbage bags
- 2 plastic sheets
- A few underpads
- A ziploc bag
Most importantly, I’ve got my self-care bag. Here’s what is in it:
- Protein smoothie mix
- Energy bars
- Tea bags
- Allergy and headache medicine
- Fork and spoon
- Space to spare to toss in a packed meal when I run out the door.
Note: I have a few extra emergency self-care items in my car… stay tuned for a future post to see what those are.
There you have it: my doula bag unpacked. Come back to read parts 2 and 3: sign up for my newsletter so you don’t forget!