Updated: Jun 27
When I finished my doula training I scoured the internet endlessly looking for the tools [things] that would make my practice complete, that would solidify my doula practice.
I watched endless hours of youtube videos of Betty, Keisha, Martha and Morgan explain their MUST HAVE doula items as well as the reasons why they couldn't live without any of them.
Armed with the assumption that my doula work would be obsolete without the socks filled with rice, oil and a rebozo naturally I headed to where I find all my life answers... TJ Maxx.
Since this is a safe space, I feel safe saying that this was partially a huge fail.
Now let's be serious for a moment, TJ Maxx is my life. Just thought I'd insert that. But TJ Maxx did not have all the essentials needed to be "complete" little did I know my "essentials" were not really essentials at all. Ultimately what I needed was to define my style and philosophy in order to tailor tools that would reflect that.
I would urge all of you new (and old) doulas in to do the same; attend a birth, define your style and then head to TJ Maxx. Just kidding.. kind of.
Below is a list of things and items that I love and keep in my doula bag, maybe you'll find some inspiration. I've included amazon links to either the exact items I use or close alternatives, [full disclosure] these are affiliate links.
I also go in extent on my latest video (below), where I go in detail about each product.
Those in bold are used very often.
Beauessence Body Oil -- mix of Jojoba oil, Almond oil & Vitamin E
Raw Shea Butter
Socks/Change of Clothes
bonus items: snacks, straws, hair ties, phone chargers,
Links to birth essentials, affiliate links.
Birth Ball | https://amzn.to/3fWA2Jb
Diffuser | https://amzn.to/3evbGWI
Eye Mask | https://amzn.to/3fSWiDGIce/
Hot Pack | https://amzn.to/2Z656iNBirth
Pool Liner | https://amzn.to/2Z6GK8v
Birth Pool | https://amzn.to/3fPSXVU
Tea Lights | https://amzn.to/2VhGDpF
Hope this helps!
As always I hope you all are feeling empowered in your body, empowered with your baby and empowered in your birthing experiences.