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Gifts for Midwives, Doula, Childbirth Educators

If you’ve decided that you want to give a gift to your midwife, doula, childbirth educator, or OB to say thank you for their support, you might wonder what works as a great gift. The truth is that a gift is absolutely not required. However, if you do want to give them something, here are a variety of ideas. Please note some of these are affiliate links. Books are always a great idea. Many of these jobs have long lists of books if you’re working towards a certification or just interested in staying abreast in your field. For example, many birth professionals love keeping a copy of the Labor Progress Handbook which gets updated every few years. You might also want to consider something not work-related. This might simply be a gift card for a local bookstore or even a subscription to a magazine. Uterus Lapel Pin Womb Service I Heart Guts This funny pin is a great for her everyday or even birth outfits. The uterus and ovary pin is a great source of conversation and shows a slightly humorous side. Placenta Baby’s First Roommate Designer Plush Figure I Heart GutsĀ – If you’re look for a great laugh and something to hang around the office, this stuffed placenta is great. It’s another conversation starter for sure and sometimes can double as a teaching aid. I Love Lady Bits...

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Doula Tools

Your doula bag is going to contain items that will be of use for you when you are assisting a family during a labor. What you need in your bag may vary from place to place, depending on what supplies the places of birth carry. For example, some hospitals and birth centers may already have plenty of standard birth balls, but not peanut balls. Here are some things that you might consider for your birth bag or recommending for clients in pregnancy. (Some of these may be Amazon affiliate links.) Milliard Anti-Burst Peanut Ball Variety Pack – Approximate Sizes:...

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Doula Books

There are so many pregnancy and birth books available that sometimes it is really hard to figure out which ones you should read, which ones you should ignore, and which ones you should own. I’ve had several favorites through the years and my bookshelf space has grown a lot, but when all is said and done, there are a few books that really stand out. Here are some Amazon links to some of those that I recommend you consider for your bookshelf. The Labor Progress Handbook: Early Interventions to Prevent and Treat Dystocia This book is a classic. While...

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Breastfeeding Books

Breastfeeding is natural, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a learning curve. And certainly, there are a ton of books available on the topic. Though as someone who has not only breastfed herself, but also helped hundreds of new mothers breastfeed, I’ve read more than a few books available. So, to help you figure out which of the books best suits your needs, I’m listing a few of my favorites in these affiliate links. Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers This book is a newer book written by a veteran Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant...

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Become A Doula

There are many things that go into your decision to become a doula. Being a birth doula takes time, effort, and a great deal of energy to accomplish what it takes to become certified. That said, it’s the best job in the whole world. Here’s more information on becoming a doula: Thinking About Becoming a Doula? (Read this first.) Doula Reading List Annotated Birth Doula Trainings What’s the difference between the Intro to Childbirth Course and the regular CBE...

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