I am a birth doula and I have 2 clients due days from each other. I'm really excited about it, but I think that has caused me to not get very much sleep. I am really tired right now but I am doing homework for tomorrow and have to work at 5. I'm really thinking I might have a client go into labor tonight because she's lost her mucus plug and has been having intermittent contractions the past two days and they've gotten increasingly stronger at night. Her attitude has also changed from being afraid to ready, and for me I am finding that is the biggest cue that I need to be ready because that attitude change is powerful.
I'm afraid I'm going to be really tired for her birth, and this is a first baby so it could be long. I have another client who was due today and she isn't showing many signs of impending labor, but she's gonna have a baby soon too nonetheless.
Would it be a bad idea to buy a 3 pack of 5-Hour Energy for my doula bag? Other friends, including doula friends have suggested it to me because you don't get that rush and crash like caffeine or Rockstars give you. I don't usually ever take any kind of energy drink because of how it affects me, but people have assured me this one is better. What do you think? And what do you think of the use of energy drinks by birth professionals in general?