Labor Goodie Bags can include:
Class material and any notes from your childbirth education class.
Birth Ball - we caution against purchasing one at a local toy store. Those balls are great to play with but may contain latex, have not been weight tested and may not be made of burst resistant materials. Also, one size does not necessarily fit all, so take care in choosing a birth ball for your labor.
Lotions or oils - do effleurage with this as it promotes ease in massage, fragrant smell enhances relaxation through aromatherapy. Wonderful scents include relaxing lavender or energizing citrus scents such as orange or grapefruit.
Focal Point - something to externalize you and help you focus on the positive (ie. stuffed animal, photo, small cross stitch).
Sour Lollipops - during the active phase of labor and beyond, your mouth will be very dry due to decreased fluid intake and the rapidness of your breathing. Sour lollipops help to counteract the unpleasantness.
Chapstick - unflavored, to help with dry lips.
Breath freshener - for Mom and for Coach!
Food for Coach - high in protein, low in odor/spicyness, easy to eat out of hand.
Food for Mom - you can't drive a car without gas, and you can't labor without nourishment. Withholding food and beverage from laboring women is an old policy born out of the 0.01% of women who might have an emergency cesarean, need general anesthesia, and then aspirate their vomitus and develop severe pneumonia. With spinal and epidural anesthesia being the norm these days, this policy is nearly obsolete.
Money - for extra food from vending machines or cafeteria.
Socks - to keep Mom's feet warm.
Counterpressure items - tennis ball in sock, massager, rolling pin, etc.
CD's or tapes - for music therapy.
Robe and slippers - for walking in labor.
List of phone numbers - of people to notify after the birth.
Camera/video recorder - with film and fresh batteries. Or perhaps purchase a disposable camera.
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- Nichols, F., Humenick, S. Childbirth Education: Practice, Research & Theory (2000) Saunders & Co.
- Jones, C. The Birth Partner Handbook: Everything You Need To Know for a Healthy, Positive Birth Experience. (2010)
- Reeder, S., Martin, L., and Koniak-Griffin, D. Maternity Nursing: Family, Newborn, and Women's Health Care. (1997) Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company.