Doula Bag Checklist - 2024 Updates

Pregnancy and Postpartum Care for Everyone

A doula bag is an essential tool for birth and postpartum doulas to provide support and comfort to their clients. The contents of a doula bag may vary based on individual preferences and the specific needs of the clients, but here is a general checklist to help you get started:

1. Comfort Items:

  • Aromatherapy items (lavender oil, essential oil rollerballs)
  • Heating pad or hot/cold packs
  • Massage oils or lotions
  • Reusable gel ice packs

2. Tools for Relaxation:

  • LED candles or fairy lights for a calming atmosphere
  • Battery-operated twinkle lights
  • Soft music playlist or a portable speaker
  • Relaxation scripts or affirmations

3. Supportive Tools:

  • Birth ball or peanut ball for labor
  • Rebozo or large scarf for comfort measures
  • TENS machine (if used and permitted)
  • Massage tools (roller, massage balls)

4. Nutrition and Hydration:

  • Healthy snacks for both the doula and the birthing person
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Electrolyte drinks or hydration tablets

5. Information and Resources:

  • Copies of any birth plans or preferences
  • Educational materials for labor and postpartum
  • List of local resources and support services

6. Communication and Documentation:

  • Charged smartphone with important contacts
  • Charger or power bank
  • Notepad and pen for notes or birth log
  • Camera or smartphone for non-intrusive photo documentation (with permission)

7. Personal Comfort:

  • Comfortable shoes and clothing
  • Snacks and water for the doula
  • A blanket or shawl for personal comfort during long labor sessions

8. Miscellaneous:

  • Reusable bags for dirty items or laundry
  • Spare change for parking meters or vending machines
  • Lip balm and hand sanitizer

9. Doula Reference Materials:

  • Doula handbook or reference guide
  • Business cards and brochures for self-promotion

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