During prenatal visits with clients I always go over what tools I bring with me to support you while in labor. I ensure to both bring a balance of tools and also remind clients that a doula's presence is a huge part of what we do, it's not all the hands on tools. With our presence we bring support, education, and are expert space holders!
My doula bag is a relatively inexpensive back-pack style diaper bag that I got from Amazon. It is washable, has tons of pockets, and is easy to tote around.
Comfort & Environmental Items:
Variety of essential oils (never in a diffuser, just on a face cloth)
pick me up bright citrus scents
Peppermint to help with nausea
lavender to relax those muscles
A few combs (the comb trick is truly magical!)
Battery operated twinkle lights or candles
Affirmation cards from the amazing Cam @ Wyld Magick
Ethically sourced Rebozo
A few alcohol wipes (for curbing nausea)
Lotion for massage
Tennis balls (for tired hip squeezing arms!)
Self Care Items:
Change of clothes (sometimes birth is messy and/or long!)
High protein snacks
Gummy bears/fruit snacks
Tools are only a very small part of what a doula does, but they can be so integral and important to the birth trajectory & atmosphere.