I have created a large collection of handouts which doulas can share with clients, and which childbirth educators can use in class. I will be adding them to this site over time.
- Are you ready for a baby? a handout with questions to ask yourself.
- Improving Overall Health and Increasing Fertility: One-Page Handout.
- Six-Page Handout with all the details; includes the “Are you ready?” questionnaire.
- 7-Week Series Outline: This set of handouts basically summarizes all of the information I cover during the series, along with illustrations of positions for labor and birth.
- Choices to Make: Choosing a Caregiver compares OB, family doctor, nurse-midwife and licensed midwife.
- Hormones: My handout on Hormones of Pregnancy, Labor and Postpartum was written for prenatal yoga instructors and has tips for how they may use this info in their work.
Labor and Birth:
- Beliefs About Birth: A starting point for discussion between expectant moms and their support people on underlying expectations about labor.
- Checklist of comfort measures [.doc] that support people can suggest to their partner during labor.
- Coping styles: Helps couples to understand what tools they use to cope with other challenges, so they can think about how to apply those to labor.
- Tracking Your Tigers: The effects of fear on labor and how to tame it and work through your fear.
- Labor support “Cliff Notes”: A 2 page summary of stages of labor, comfort techniques, and positions.
- Labor Review Quiz [HTML]: A one-page quiz that can be completed over lunch or as homework.
- How Partners Can Support Breastfeeding: a handout targeted at dads and partners about benefits of breastfeeding, how breastfeeding works and how they can help with it, and all the ways they can support the breastfeeding relationship to increase the chance that their partner will initiate and continue breastfeeding.
- Benefits of Breastfeeding: The benefits breastfeeding provides for baby, parents, and society.
- Preparation for Breastfeeding: Optional supplies you may choose to obtain before baby is born, things you should not do to prepare for breastfeeding, and some things you may want to do.
- Anatomy and Physiology: Anatomy of the breast, changes during pregnancy, and milk production.
- How to Breastfeed: Position and Latch.
- Frequency and Duration of feedings: how often? How much? Guidelines on when to feed and hunger cues.
- Signs that baby is getting enough: How to tell baby is well-fed and when to be concerned.
- Hurdles: Common challenges in breastfeeding and how to overcome them.
- Nutrition for breastfeeding moms.
- Pumping, storing, and bottle-feeding.
- Breastfeeding Past the First 6 Weeks: How long to breastfeed and how to fit it in with your life.
- Baby Care Plan & “Shopping List”: Helps expectant parents think out a list of what they need to buy/borrow, but also encourages them to think out some of the realities of life with baby, like who is responsible for night-time wakeups, who is responsible for laundry, and what obligations they can let slide for the first few months while they get to know their baby. The second version omits the shopping list stuff, and just explores the parenting plan.
- Support and Sanity Savers a handout which encourages parents to plan ahead for support for postpartum support, self care, relationship support, and more. Includes a letter to give to friends/family about how they can help. Here’s an editable word document that you can adapt to your own needs, including local resources.
- Sleep: Covers Infant Sleep from 0 – 6 months. A collection of tips on what to expect for typical sleep patterns and what parents can do to help baby sleep.
- One-page review quiz with answers and resources on the back.
- Appreciation: Appreciating your partner when you feel like you’re putting in more than you’re getting back.
- Finding the Time and Space to Be Together: How to fit in couple time when baby needs so much time.
- Love Languages for Labor and Love Languages for Newborn Care: Figuring out the best way to show love to your partner.
Forms for Feedback and Input from Students:
- Student Info and Feedback Sheet: I give this out on the first night of a class series to gather a little more information about my students so I can adapt my class to best meet their needs.
- Student Input: Ask students what topics they most want to learn about, and how they learn best.
- Ratings: Ask your students to rate how confident, knowledgeable, etc. they are at the beginning of a class series (could do a “post-test” at the end of the series to evaluate the impact of the classes).
- Class Reactions: This is an evaluation to be completed part way through a multi-week series. It gets immediate feedback on how class went that night so instructors can get a sense of where to adjust it from there.
- Class Evaluation: To be completed at the end of a class or class series.
Copyright and Payment Information
Copyright: All the articles on this site were written by me, Janelle Durham, between 2000 and the present day.
Fair Use: You cannot sell these materials. You are welcome to use the materials as part of a class or your doula services where you are charging for those services. You may ask for reimbursement for copying costs, but otherwise no money for these materials. You may also link to them from your website.
Using Excerpts: If you cut and paste substantial information from my website, please cite me as the author and include a link to the webpage where it was found.
Payment: I offered all the materials on this site free of charge from 2000 – 2014, but now find that additional income makes it easier for me to be a mostly-stay-at-home mom to my little guy. If you are making frequent use of my handouts, I ask that you consider making a payment for them. How much you pay depends on what you think is fair, and what is doable given your circumstances. As a general guideline, consider 3-5 cents per copy used. So, for example, if you expect to distribute 100 copies of a handout this year, that would be $3.00 – 5.00. Click on the button below, to make a payment in whatever amount you choose. [Note: I am not a non-profit, just a private individual and this is not a charitable donation… the button says “donate” because that’s the only way I’ve figured out to make PayPal and WordPress.com work together to let you choose how much to pay.]