Handouts

This page collects free printable handouts for doulas to share with their clients, or for childbirth educators to use in birth preparation classes. You’re also welcome to share links to anything you find here.

Some of these materials reference page numbers, for example, they may say PCN 67. We use Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn as our class textbook, and those are the page numbers in the 5th edition.

Pre-Conception:

Comprehensive Handouts:

  • 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.
  • Guide to Labor Support. A 2 page handout that covers how to assess whether someone is coping with labor or needs more support, and summarizes all the labor support tips and comfort techniques from this website and my podcast.
  • Labor support “Cliff Notes”: An older 2 page summary of stages of labor, comfort techniques, and positions.

Pregnancy:

Labor and Birth:

  • Values Clarification Handouts: the first step in Informed Decision Making is Values Clarification. I’ve designed three different handouts which could be used to explore this – these can be used as an in-class exercise, or homework for a birth class, or in a prenatal appointment with a doula client. They’re all intended as starting points for a discussion between a pregnant person and their partner.
    • Beliefs About Birth – how important is the birth experience, how painful is labor, pain medication preference, desire for advocacy, support style, and faith in body’s ability to give birth.
    • Values Clarification – how important is birth, natural vs. medical approach, beliefs about pain meds, top priorities for birth, do your caregivers share your values, decision making style, key questions to ask care provider, then key questions to ask yourself when making a decision.
    • Beliefs About Labor Pain – pain-coping identity, how do you cope with a headache or when sick, pick 5 words that describe what you think labor will be like, what style of support helps, how painful do you expect labor to be, pain medication preference,
    • Medical Mindset and decision making spectrum – based on ideas from Groopman – understanding each other’s general attitudes toward medical care (are you a maximalist or minimalist, a believer in natural health or modern technology) and decision making helps a partner and laboring person make decisions together.
  •  Coping Techniques
    • Guide to Labor Support. A 2 page handout that covers how to assess whether someone is coping with labor or needs more support, and summarizes all the labor support tips and comfort techniques from this website and my podcast.
    • Comfort Techniques Handout – covers cognitive strategies, gate control, counter-irritants, body mechanics. (Note: all the techniques and ideas are covered in more detail in episode 4 of the Transition to Parenthood podcast – a transcript is available.)
    • Checklist of comfort measures [editable .doc] that support partners can suggest using 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 Review Quiz: A one-page quiz that can be completed over lunch in a one-day class or as homework.
  • VBAC fact sheet handout

Breastfeeding:

Newborn Care:

  • 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.

Relationships:

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.
  • 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.

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Copyright: All the articles on this site were written by me, Janelle Durham, between 2000 and the present day.

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