I’ve been working as a doula for fifteen years and as I’m writing this it makes me wonder where the time has gone! I have to say, over those fifteen years I pride myself on having turned packing my “doula kit” into a fine art.
Here are some ideas of what you might want to pack in your own doula bag. I want to start by saying that it’s probably best to have a bag that is not too big and takes up a lot of room. You will most likely be helping your clients with their bags as well as your own. A backpack might be a good idea or a nice tote bag that’s easy to carry. It’s also useful to have a smaller bag or pouch within your chosen bag with essentials like mobile phone and charger, keys, change for parking machines or vending machines, and a few snacks, so you can be sure to always have these to hand.
The following I see as essential, which is why I’ve included them in the BirthBliss Doula Starter Kit:
Other items to consider:
This is not a definitive list and all doulas will have their own things that they like to take with them. You might find that there are some items you never use, some you find yourself missing; with time, you’ll find the right kit that works for you.
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Kicki Hansard is a member of Doula UK, however any opinions expressed on this blog are personal views and not necessarily the view of Doula UK.