My Doula Bag (continued)

I got a couple more items to add to my doula bag recently … first of all, I purchased a couple of sets of scrubs for me to wear during births.  I got lucky and found most of them on clearance.  : )

Yesterday, I received a product called Ez-Birth.  The Ez-Birth was developed by a certified doula and is extremely effective in cutting down the pushing time.  Here are some of its benefits:
–  Effective tool for the second phase of labor with an epidural.
–  Decreases pushing time by isolating the correct muscles.
–  Helps push baby under the pelvic bone.
–  Helps Mom to focus, balance, and have stability while pushing.
–  If the partner chooses to hold the other end, it creates an active role for the partner to participate in birth.
–  Easy to tie onto birthing bar on the hospital beds.
–  Allows mother to push with confidence and strength.

Here is the website to read more about it and see how it can be used to your benefit.  I have a couple of friends who didn’t know how to push when having their first child.  They ineffectively used the wrong muscles to push and ended up exhausted.  Some medical personnel grow impatient with a mother that does not know how to push and instead of working with her and teaching her how to do it, they proceed to a surgical birth instead.

I also got a Rebozo.  The Rebozo is a traditional Mexican shawl that is long enough to wrap around a woman’s body, with a little extra (about 4-5 feet). The rebozo is a multifunction tool for labor, used to assist the mother into various positions and for relaxation.  Here is a link to read more and learn different ways that it can be used.  Rebozos can also be used as a sling to wear baby.

I also spent some time one day last week putting all of my items into the bags that I plan on taking with me to births.  I’m very pleased with how things are starting to come together.  : )

~ by cmb0414 on April 13, 2010.

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