Whenever a doula asks what to pack in their doula bag, I always tell them that packing for births is incredibly personal. When I was a new doula, this is what was in my doula bag based on my doula training and what other doulas told me I should have:
These were the items intended for my clients:
This is what I packed for myself:
Five years and a couple hundred births later, this is what my bag turned into:
My bag has morphed a lot throughout the years. While there are a few key items you’ll always need (like a toothbrush), the bag you create when you are new will not be the bag you bring 100 births later, so don’t put too much weight into what your bag does or doesn’t have. You’ll figure it out. Sometimes it’s a hard lesson - like when you are starving at 3 am and there is no decent food around. I found that the number of items I needed for my clients decreased, while my self-care items grew. I came to understand that my hands, voice and presence were all I needed most of the time to lower a mama’s pain or help her find her rhythm. In fact, the more experienced I got, the more my doula bag sat in the corner, unopened.