So, What’s In Your Doula Bag?

So, What’s In Your Doula Bag?

  A frequent question I hear from clients or prospective clients is, “What do you bring in your doula bag?  What tricks do you keep in there”?  It seems the “doula bag” has been elevated in the birth doula world to some revered status, as if some mystical substance and amazing products reside in there, objects that surely will be important during labor. Truth be told–and this may be disappointing to some, there isn’t anything mythical or incredible in my doula bag.  Not anymore.  When I first started this work 10 years ago, I carried a duffle bag that was so stuffed with things, it probably weighed 30 lbs and rivaled what some folks would take with them for a week long trip to the North Carolina coast.  The more experienced I became at doula support, the more I realized, I rarely used anything in it.  I didn’t need to.  I’ll explain more on that in a minute.   So what is in my rolling Ikea doula backpag/bag?  Here’s the scoop on what’s inside: A change of clothes-You only have to be thoroughly splashed by amniotic fluid once, to learn you need to keep a complete change of clothes (including socks and shoes) on standby in your doula bag. Breath mints or chewing gum–Because we are so often very close to your face, breathing in rhythm with you, reassuring you, we want our breath to be minty fresh! I keep a large supply of Trader Joe’s brand breath mints or Trident peppermint chewing gum in the outer pocket of my doula bag. Something special for the nurses-We have some...