I could use some more ideas....Please! And thanks!
Just curious why you promised free stuff? The only thing that comes to my mind would be rice socks. I used to make a rice bag for every doula client I had. I went to the dollar store and bought a package of 2-3 washclothes for $1 and then bought a bag of rice and sewed them up. My clients loved them. Although now in my area several of the hospitals won't allow them in.
Michelle married to my highschool sweetheart and mom to: DD '88, DS '90, DD '91, DD '94, DD '97, DD '98, DD '01, DD '08, and DS'09
(Non-profit Organization Director and Program Coordinator / Doula / Educator / Massage Therapist)
Traditional Medicinals offers pregnancy teas and lactation ones at a decent price, it's available in grocery stores and I've heard of them sending samples for birth educators to give out.
Other ideas: Massage tools, Preggie Pops (anti nausea naturally flavored lollies, they might send samples too), baby socks and hats, reusable water bottles,
Jewelry: necklace cord with a charm like this http://www.firemountaingems.com/details.asp?PN=H207075FN or http://www.firemountaingems.com/details.asp?PN=H203181FX or something spelled in beads on a bracelet, if you want to bend wire yourself something like these http://www.labelledame.com/pregnancy-jewelry.html
Edit,that pewter one might have 1.5% lead though so something similar in another metal would be ideal.
If you're a member of ICEA, Howbility has a "Caring for your Newborn" DVD that they will send to you to give to your clients for free.
Birth Doula and Childbirth Educator serving Northern VA and the Metro DC area.
You could hit up local businesses for donations. It's low cost advertising for them and you wouldn't have to buy all of the gifts.
I've had good luck with massage places, restaraunts and health food stores.
Midwife (CPM, LDM) and homeschooling mama to:
14yo ds 11yo dd 9yo ds and 7yo ds and 2yo ds
Great ideas everyone - thanks! I also found some .99 hand fans (you know, the kind that accordian fold into their handles) - not really for the new pregnancy students, but for the later on cbe students. I liked that one, too. Plus your ideas! :)