Would you mind sharing what kind of bag you use for either your prenatal bag or birth bag? :
When I first started out I had a huge bag, but as I went along with my doula career I really scaled down a lot and the bag I carry now is half the size of what I started out with.
Anyhow, I bought my bag really cheap at Walmart (found it on sale).
I need to find a better system. One of my preceptors has a bag that I really like, but she actually doesn't like it at all and she always tells me of another midwife who has a bag she likes even more. I think I need to look at all these bags! The thing that I really like about my preceptor's bag is that she has a small, seperate prenatal bag that fits right into the birth bag, so it is all together for births, but is easy to take out exactly what she needs for prenatals. I think her bag is something similar to this:
Erika, mama to three beautiful kids (plus one gestating), and wife to one fantastic man.
midwives I work with carry lugguage the ones I work with all the time each carry middle sized soft sided bags with oval zippers and a few extra pockets one on each end and front - I think they all come with wheels(and personally I hate the wheels- almost completely useless,just added weight) for a birth bag- and some smaller nylon extra bags- for prenatal bag one carries just a big one opening bag (we have to carry scales) and the other gal has a brief case she uses for a prenatal bag-- now mind you all of us have seperate holders for needles, meds, and herbs that fit inside bags
another gal I assist in town sometimes- she has had many many bags, probably gets new ones every year. right now her bags are luggage bags she carries 2 luggage bags- except that she has nylon bags that are filled with different items and put inside the bigger space- one of her apprentices embroidered titles on the smaller bags- like baby, or IV or suture or instruments - and a bag that also has ASAP supplies
I don't have pic of her minipouches but here is a link to the luggage similar to what she carries
her prenatal bag is one big carpet bag -- she also has a post partum baby bag
My other bag is a small rolling suitcase I bought from Target that holds the IV bags, blankets, heating pads, and resuscitation equipment. Two bags for everything and I can carry it all myself easily.
I keep my homeopathy in a smaller bag inside, as well as my aromatherapy. The carryon has mesh pockets in the INSIDE where I can keep small stuff like straws, hair ties, etc, and larger pockets on the outside where I can keep other larger things that I don't use as often, and some that I DO, like a flashlight, fetoscope, FOOD to munch, etc.
Works for me. Small enough to fit inocuously in my car, large enough to carry what I need, the right color that it doesn't get mixed up with other people's bags.
Mama to two awesome kids. Wife to a wonderful, attached, loving husband. I love my job-- I'm a Midwife, Doula and Childbirth Educator, Classes forming now!
I started out with a scrapbook rolling case, one with little loops under the top lid that I carried all my homeopathics in. Then, it was stolen (please remember to get a rider for your birth supplies on your homeowners or renters insurance!!!! Your auto insurance will NOT cover this loss unless it is specifically added to it!)
Then after that, I moved on to a rolling suitcase. Ok, but I didn't like lying the whole thing down on the floor to open it up. It also seemed like it lacked space while still being heavy - and I missed those little side pouches for all the little stuff.
Then I got this nice big bag - it was super deep, super big. (and I love lime!!) But when it was full, it was HEAVY. and I missed the rollers! Carrying things on my shoulders was hard.
Then I went back to the rolling suitcase -
Then I broke down and bought another scrapbooking case... I like the rolling mechanism, the pouches all on the outside (see thru makes it easy for my apprentice to find things that I always put back in a different spot!) and the ability to close the lid while having some things right in side (the bag valve mask, hemorrhage pouch, etc). I like to carry smaller boxes and pouches inside for various things - I use rectangular plastic boxes from Storables for my stuff like sterile barriers, amnihooks, deLee, extended cuff steriles, sutures, etc. Things I don't want to get bent or beat up. I use one side of the case for gauze (4x4 sterile) and gloves. I have all my IV equipment in a nice big makeup case (two IV bags, IV start kids, catheters of various sizes), my homeopathic kit comes in it's own roll case. My tinctures are in a nylon bag.
I have a nice prenatal bag - it holds both BP cuffs, a stethoscope, my baby bag (a mens' shaving bag - has my scale, sling, neonatal stethoscope, lancets, oral vitamin k), two fetoscopes, blood draw supplies, gloves, lube, my doppler and my gel.
The prenatal bag has an attachment (like a huge belt loop) on the back that the handle of my birth rolling case slides through - so when I'm going to a birth, the prenatal bag fits and stays on top of the birth case while I'm rolling it.
I also bring my O2 tank (sometimes, I'm still not really convinced I need it at births, though I like to have it in the car at least in case a mama loses alot of blood) and my birth stool. Usually I can get it all by myself, but I am happy when parnters offer help out.
What i have now is this: I bought a cheap but very nice bag at Bass store (fishing and tackle). I love going through there looking at all their containers. I also have a large Creative memories bag that is on wheels, it is one large pocket in the middle which holds all my big stuff. Then I have a bag which usually stays in my car with IV bags, cath supplies, o2 supplies and extra chux, pads, etc. That stuff takes up so much room, I leave it in until I need it.
What does everyone put their tinctures in? I am having a hard time finding a plastic container tall enough to fit them, I carry around 15 or so?
Anyone want to share photos of their organization, that would be great! I will try to take some tomorrow if I don't have a birth, I'm waiting on a few people right now, i really should be in bed!
Does anyone label all their pockets? See, maybe it's just me, but i put everything in there all nice and neat in little pockets, then forgot which is which is dig around.
I got these plastic thingies (the technical term) at Basshttp://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10151_-1_10001_37107_100011010_100000000_100011000_100-11-10I really like them to store my little things, I can just flip through and it keeps them all together. (someone help me figure out how to link, I don't have my teenager around to do it for me, how embarrassing!)
Erika, mama to three beautiful kids (plus one gestating), and wife to one fantastic man.
and Lennon let us know what you end up getting and using
I'll try to remember to post a picture when I am done! (It may take a month or so to sew it given my crazy busy life...lol)
For a larger birth bag, I am not sure yet, but I am leaning very much to the large scrapbooking bags. We'll....see.
I LOVE this adjustable divider box. You can move the little dividers as needed. Perfect for midwifery! I keep blood draw supplies (tourniquet, bandaids, gauze, alcohol prep pads, etc) in the larger one which goes in my prenatal bag. I also have the smaller one for meds/homeopathics that I keep in my purse -- to avoid the extreme TX heat.
Then I have a "grab-and-go" bag, which is a simple little cafe-press-style tote from a midwifery conference. In it, I have a 1.5 quart tupperware container with all the basics that you might need for a birth. In fact, this box is usually all I use during most births. Well, other than the stuff from my prenatal bag for taking vitals.
I also have the crop-in-style for my extended birth kit. In it, I carry the things I might use, but can certainly live without if I don't have time to haul it in because she's already pushing. Heating pad, tupperware with my suturing kit, extras of all the basics, rice sock, comfort items, personal toiletries, pop-up trash cans for linens and trash, fracture pan, pump for the birth ball, straws, extra batteries in a variety of sizes, etc.
Some people like shoes, I like a good bag!
Comfort measures bag that I use as a doula and as an apprentice:
It is a retired color, but similar to this color and the same style. It has six pockets on the inside and a big middle that fits my rebozo, oils, and essential oils.
Prenatal and postpartum bag: Same as above but in java blue. I keep four zippered cases in the middle
with my fetascopes, BP cuff and infantscope in them. The pockets hold my watch, thermometer and baby scale. I LOVE this bag!
My birth/midwifery bag with my gloves, intruments, 4X4's and tinctures are in a bag like this. It opens up and has little mesh pockets along the side that fit my tinctures in it perfectly. It has a mesh zip on the top that I put my gloves and stuff in, and then the other stuff lays flat. It is a retired color, but is sort of like this:
And last but certainly not least, I carry my folders and calendar and such in this!: It is a different color (retired) but this style
I bought ALL of my Vera Bradley on ebay. Great deals and they are gorgeous and will last a very long time. I LOVE them!!
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