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Hi all,<br>
I am so excited...I have just been hired by my first client. Since I am a student doula, I have agreed to do this birth for free, and I think my client and I are going to do very well together. She is young and does not have a dh or boyfriend, so she really needs the support. She is due late Oct. and hasn't had childbirth education yet due to lack of $$$. So...any suggestions for a "crash course" so to speak? Also, what items do you all recommend for my doula bag? I am planning to give her The Birth Book by Dr. Sears and Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way, just to cover the basics. Any helpful hints would be much appreciated!<br>
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Ina May's book or Henci Goers' Thinking Womans Guide might be appropriate. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I also like Birthing From Within.
 

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I think Ina May's book is a great book to give. Birthing From Within is pretty good too, though I don't know much about it. I'm a labor doula and I like bradley a lot. I think giving her a lot of emotional support is going to be important for her since she is going in alone. What a first birth to have!<br>
Things I keep in my birth bag are:<br>
massage oils<br>
massage tools<br>
change of clothes for me<br>
new socks (for mom or dad)<br>
new lip balms for mom's in labor<br>
new wash cloths<br>
re-usable hot/cold packs<br>
straws<br>
extra (new) toothbrushes<br>
tooth paste<br>
birth ball pump<br>
birth books<br>
phone cards<br>
batteries<br>
extra film (all kinds)<br>
extra cash<br>
Snacks<br>
bottles water<br>
olive oil<br><br>
There is more but I can't think of this late at night. I'm 7 months pregnant and it's past my bedtime! hehe. I'll post more when I think of them. Good luck to you and congrats on your first client!<br><br>
Hugs,<br>
Ashley<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Congratulations to you!!<br><br>
Now what? Now, go get business cards and an appointment book!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
I have the whole list of stuff in my doula bag also, but there are only a few that I actually use ALL the time. And that is:<br><br>
Fanss!! most laboring women get very hot during a contraction, so I fan very high and slow above their heads.<br><br>
Baby wash clothes for wiping their brows after a very intense contraction and during the pushing stage.<br><br>
Black and White film. I usually take pictures after the birth... that is usually my gift to the woman/couple.<br><br>
Flexible straw. They have to be flexible. It's not a pretty scene trying to get a laboring woman to move a cup to her lips after every contraction.<br><br>
Honestly, I have used alll of these particular items on every single birth that I have attended. Hope that helps.<br><br>
Birthing From Within is good. Also Active Birth by Janet Balaskas is Excellent!!! Read the books first, then you can make suggestions on what to read based on her individual needs.<br><br>
I wish you much success!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 
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