The Doula Bag: Part 1 of 3

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.

Doula Bag 1

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!).

Doula Bag 2

In the front pocket, I have a few handy items:

  • Flashlight
  • Mirror
  • Bendy Straws
  • Ziploc bag of latex gloves


doula bag

Inside the bag, I have the following:

  • TENS machine, pads, and spare batteries
  • Ice pack
  • Some LED candles
  • Rebozo
  • 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
  • Toothbrush
  • 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!

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