Almost every doula brings a bag with her to every birth. But what's in that magical Mary-Poppins-like pouch? I can't speak for everyone, but I'll give you a glimpse of the most common items you'll find in mine - the items vary from time to time, but these essential things can always be found inside.
Why do you have that in your bag?
Some of these items might seem a bit strange, or maybe you don't know why a doula would want them at a birth, so here's a quick run-down:
But don't judge a doula by what's in her bag - many doulas bring hardly anything with them, and they are just as effective at everything they can do to help you! Other doulas might have a whole suitcase full of things to help, ranging from warm packs to rice socks to tennis balls and etc. The best way to know if a doula is right for you is to meet her and talk with her. If you get along, if she's professional and respectful of your birth plans and desires, then you've probably found the one.
What have you seen your doula pull out of her bag? Comment below!