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Every doula is different in what they carry in their doula bag to support clients for birth. Over the years, I have learned that less is more. However, there are quite a few tried and true tools that I continue to carry to every birth, regardless of their frequency in use.
I used to carry everything under the sun that I thought I needed. As the years passed by, I learned which items in my bag were merely just taking up space vs. ones that I actually used. That being said, there are some random items that I thought would never be used and just recently, they were a life-saver to a client.
Certain items I thought I needed but don't are:
What Kind of Bag do I bring?
I like backpack diaper bags for my birth bag, along with a fanny pack (with LOTS of pockets) for the small things I need while moving around with my clients.
Here is the list of essentials, in my opinion. After attending over 150 births:
Certain items not listed because I always keep in my purse:
I am adding to my bag:
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