As a labor and delivery doula, I have what some people have called a “bag of tricks” that I bring when women call me in labor. Many of the tools I bring to a birth are not really things at all.
As I meet with women and their partners, I often tell them that preparing for birth, discussing their preferences, spending time researching their options, and surrounding themselves with a supportive birth team are some of the most important “items” they can bring to their labor and birth. I do, however, bring or recommend several things to help with labor comfort and to promote labor progress. Here is a list of some of the tools I recommend having available to help you during labor. Many birth facilities have will already have some of these for you to use, so ask about them before labor starts. That way you know which items you want to consider bringing with you from home.
Think of things that you find comforting or helpful to you when you experience pain and choose which items from this list and from your own comfort items to have available when labor starts. Enjoy this time preparing for the birth you desire!