As a birth photographer, I often find myself as the only member of a birth team alongside mom and partner. I absolutely love when I get to work with doulas, but unfortunately it’s rare that my clients have both. Because of this and especially since attending doula training recently, I bring a bag of tools that often help laboring moms. I wanted to share what’s in my bag in order to help birthing families be prepared.
My most used oils are Lavender and Peppermint. Lavender can be used to calm down an anxious mom (or partner) and Peppermint can help with nausea. There are TONS of other oils that can be used during labor, birth, and postpartum, but I’m not an expert. I would suggest researching the oils you use and talk to your doula or care provider.
I bring this out at almost every single birth. Many laboring moms tend to get hot, so having a fan on hand is a great tool! I love this one that is made to attach to a stroller so can easily attach to a hospital bed!
When mom is thirsty but is laying down, sipping from a cup or using a straight straw can be difficult. I’ve found that bringing bendy straws can be helpful for during labor and when holding their new baby!
Sometimes mom just needs that extra pick-me-up, especially right before or after pushing. Honey sticks are easy and don’t have a strong smell (not a good idea to bring smelly food to a birth). They also can last in your bag for a long time!
A Rebozo (or any large strip of fabric – I bring a baby sling to births) can help to lift your belly to relieve some pressure while you’re laboring. It can also help to re-position baby if needed. This is a great tool to have in your bag!
To be honest, my doula bag is fairly simple but provides a lot of comfort to the mommas I support. I’d love to hear what’s in your bag in the comments below! For more birth resources, click HERE.