3. Suggested Homework
Be Prepared: Plan Ahead and Book Early
- Program your phone with the contact numbers and email addresses of both your primary and secondary doulas.
- Make sure you've completed your Intake Form.
- If you are a Premium Level client, be sure you've registered for Birth Boot Camp. (Use code PremBBC18 to bypass payment.) Alternatively, use this link to arrange an in-home private childbirth lesson (3 hour) if not enrolling in Birth Boot Camp. Private lessons should take place around your 35th-36th gestational week.
- Schedule your Birthday Planning session (prenatal meeting) to take place in your home around week 36-37 of your pregnancy. Be sure to select an appointment with your PRIMARY doula.
- Prepare your Birth Preferences / Plan. Read our sample birth plans and draft your own so we can review it together at our prenatal meeting. Please don't begin writing your plan until your childbirth class is complete or close to completion.
- Review our recommended list of items to pack in your hospital labor bag. It is a good idea for you to own a birth ball, an essential oil for relaxation/aromatherapy, a string of christmas lights, and a rice sock or heating pad. Have fun shopping!
Reserve Perinatal Services and Classes
- Purchase a package for maternity, birth and/or newborn photography. Christina Hodgen of BirthYearBook offers special rates to our doula clients and she books many months ahead of time.
- Schedule a private, in-home breastfeeding lesson or register for this online class series. The team at Milk Drunk can teach you some tricks even if you don't have breastfeeding issues or questions.
- If desired, purchase a Placenta Healing package to encapsulate your placenta post-birth.
- Check with the Red Cross or your hospital about Infant CPR classes.
- Arrange a private, in-home infant care class and reserve special postpartum parent care by Parent Nurture.
- Reserve personal culinary services by MamaFare, stock the freezer or line up a meal train.
- The Birth Partner - a childbirth class in a book! THIS IS A MUST-DO.
- Ina May's Guide to Childbirth - lots of birth stories and statistical information about birth in America.
- The Baby Book - just one of the many wonderful reference guides by Dr. Sears.
- The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding - exactly what you'll need if you plan to breastfeed.
- Tips for the Labor Partner - our recommendations for your labor; timing contractions, staying relaxed.
- The Business of Being Born - an incredible eye-opening movie about the state of childbirth in the US.