3 Reasons Honey sticks are a Doula Bag and Hospital Bag Necessity

3 Reasons Honey sticks are a Doula Bag and Hospital Bag Necessity

If you haven't tried a honey stick yet, you are missing out!  These little treats have been a secret snack for many doulas and I'd love to prove my case for why they are a hospital bag and doula bag necessity.

1) Honey is a liquid

Sometimes a laboring mom is given a food restriction and limited to only liquids.  This practice is not evidence based, however is still common in many areas of the world.  Honeysticks are one snack that I think bridges the gap between food and liquid.  They feel more like a food, but technically are liquid.   They are a nice alternative to water, sports drink or broth that are often the only options when restricted to liquid.

2) Honey sticks are SUPER SNACKS

Honey sticks have all of the qualities that I look for in a perfect snack.  Depending upon where you purchase your honeysticks, they are 100% natural.  They usually contain no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.  {we proudly carry high quality honey sticks!}  They have a great flavor without any odor.  Honey sticks also can be eaten discreetly, no crunching or loud package opening noises. {a peaceful birthing environment is key!}

Honey sticks stay fresh for a LONG time. Most honey is fresh indefinitely! Occasionally it will start to crystallize.  Once the honey has crystallized it is still okay to eat.

Honey sticks are portable and easy to eat. Eating a honey stick might seem tricky, but once you know the technique it’s super easy. 


3) Honey sticks provide a quick shot of energy for everyone

The sugary sweetness provided by honey can be a quick shot of energy.  During labor the entire team (mom, partner and doula) can often use a quick pick me up!  Honeysticks are a perfect solution.  

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  • Alice Turner
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  • Donna Montanarella
    Donna Montanarella

    Thank you for this great tip! Where can you buy these honey sticks? I live in the Phoenix, AZ area.

  • Rachel

    The sugar in honey is known to be used as a natural anesthetic too!!!

  • Carla

    Awesome tip!! I’ve been a big fan of honey sticks for a while, but never considered keeping them in my on call bag. Adding them to the list!

  • Bruce Bieri
    Bruce Bieri

    Thanks for the amazing list, I ve definitely bookmarked it for later referral. I see a lot of discussion around Doulas, but was wondering if having a Midwife was on par with that?

  • Kathy

    Thank you for the great info and honey demos! I never knew you could tell the difference except by taste of labeling!

  • tina madelina
    tina madelina

    i definitely use honey sticks … great for all of the reasons you mentioned above.

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