mamas. The ball provides plenty of support, but is malleable enough to allow the mama to adjust her position and get comfy.
A quick inflating pump is a must-have. When mama needs the birth ball, she needs it now! Being able to quickly inflate the pump makes a huge difference.
Laying hands on a birthing mama can be a key support tactic. The comfort of human touch is sometimes just what is needed to feel safe and move forward.
I love providing massage and counter pressure during labor, but personally find massage oil to be so messy. Once oil has been applied, things are always going to be a bit slippery.
Cornstarch provides the same friction as oil, but I think is easier to clean. I really enjoy that cornstarch isn't scented, which can be a turn off for laboring mamas.
This is a must for me. Hospitals can be cold and birth can be a bit messy. Having an extra outfit and layers keeps me comfortable so I can focus on helping mama be comfortable.
Not many doulas bring a TENS Unit in their doula bag, which is just fine. It can be pretty intimidating if you haven't used it regularly or aren't familiar with it.
I am trained in using a TENS and find it incredibly valuable for back labor. Offering this to mamas requires a bit of education, but can be very helpful.
So doulas, what do you keep in your doula bag? I'd love new ideas, it's funny the things you can rig to be helpful in the moment!
The Sown Seed
Belly, birth & beyond. Our mission is to help women embrace change, find inner strength and live with unapologetic joy.
the sown seed/2018