Create a plan of action before contacting companies. Here are a few things to think about before requesting samples from companies:
Create gift bags for new clients or use these for giveaways at baby fairs or conventions you participate in. Companies may change policies at any time.
Some companies may send out demo samples that you could have available for clients to try before they buy. You might use these in a class or at a prenatal or postpartum visit to demonstrate the proper way to use the products. You could also create a lending library if you have a variety of products (ie: slings and carriers).
How to Request Free Samples
Once you have your list of companies, look up the websites and see if there are any programs for freebies for health professionals. If you can't find anything, use the company's contact form and send an inquiry like this (feel free to copy and paste):
Hi! I am a birth doula/postpartum doula/childbirth educator/etc. in City/State (or, I run a non-profit doula organization...) and I help women [Explain what you do and who you serve]. My website is _______ if you'd like to know more about my services. I am a big fan of your products and would love to introduce them to my clients/students. [If you have a personal story about how the company's product helped you, be sure to share it!] Does your company have a program for birth professionals or a way I could request samples from you? Thanks so much!
I wouldn't personally ask for free samples. The company will let you know if there's a fee for them and give you further instruction if they have a sample/demo product program.
Do you have a favorite company that you get samples from that isn't on this list, or do you know if one of the above companies does NOT have a program? Please add the information in the comments below and I will add to or delete companies from the list.
Looking for additional free resources for your birth business? Here's another blog post:
13 Resources for Free Childbirth Education Materials and Handouts