This page collects free printable handouts for doulas to share with their clients, or childbirth educators to use in birth preparation classes. You’re also welcome to send out links to anything you find here.
- 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.
- Food Diary a homework assignment for students to track their diet on for a few days as a follow-up to a presentation on nutrition
- Relaxation Techniques for Pregnancy and Labor
Labor and Birth:
- Beliefs About Birth: A starting point for discussion between pregnant people and their support partners about underlying beliefs and expectations about labor.
- 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 support “Cliff Notes”: A 2 page summary of stages of labor, comfort techniques, and positions.
- 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
- 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.
- 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 the new parent will initiate and continue breastfeeding.
- Benefits of Breastfeeding: The benefits breastfeeding provides for baby, parents, and society. [Note: this is from 2003, and should be updated, but it can give you ideas for what to look for in creating your own handout.]
- 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.
- Relationships skills – a one page summary including all the tools above and more.
- Relationship toolbox – a handout covering appreciation, quality time, love languages, and conflict resolution skills
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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