Doula Cafe

The first Doula Cafe of the year will be on Tuesday, January 23rd from 10:00-11:30am at the Tokyu Plaza on the Meiji Dori/Omotesando crossing.

I will be talking about my various services that you can utilise during pregnancy, labour and the post-partum period.

For those who are interested in having a doula at their birth, please come along to find out more while we chat over tea or coffee.  I now have limited space to take birth clients on between now and July as I’ve been booked already by a few ladies, and then a very open schedule from late August.   Please get in touch if you are considering it!   For those who are in need of post-partum support, I have space to take on 1-2 clients each month.

If you’d like to come, please let me know at the email address here.

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Testimonial

I wanted to share a lovely testimonial I received from one of my November clients 🙂  I hope you enjoy reading it.  It’s always nice for me to hear how I was a benefit during labour.   You can read some more testimonials here.

When I decided to have an unmedicated birth, I did a lot of research about the best ways to manage the intensity of labor without an epidural. One of the number one recommendations I received was to hire a doula! Luckily, Stephanie was available for my birth month of November and now that my baby is born I can honestly say that I would not have been able to do it without her! She was a constant support for me before my delivery, particularly through her breathing classes. During labor, she directed my husband and I through each phase and captured some incredible moments at the time of birth. She has also been a huge resource for me in these first weeks with baby. Overall, I am so happy to have worked with her and would recommend her to every pregnant woman in Tokyo! Thank you so much Stephanie!

Breathing For Birth Classes

Since I started my breathing for Birth classes in September, they have gone really well.  I’ve had some lovely feedback from women who have said it did help them during their labours to stay focused and more in control.

Here’s the info again about the classes along with an updated schedule of dates over the next few months!

The classes will be held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month for one hour.  The class size will be limited to 8-10 women.

In this one hour class, we will be getting in touch with our bodies and minds in preparation for labour and birth.  We will focus on our breathing and the ways in which it can help us during labour  – as an essential tool for relaxation in labour as well as the crucial role our breathing plays in helping us manage our contractions more effectively.

Breathing is the most natural thing in the world for us to do, and we breathe without even thinking that we are doing so.  Yet in labour it can be one of the most challenging parts – breathing regularly and effectively through contractions to help your uterus work as well as possible and giving you a way to stay in control of your labour can be hard work.  Through these classes, you’ll have the chance to focus just on your breathing for labour, and learn how you can use it to relax and prepare your mind for each stage of labour.

Combined together with other gentle relaxation techniques and massage, this one hour class should leave you feeling refreshed, more empowered and more in touch with your body.

It’s a great compliment to any other comprehensive birth preparation class you are doing or may do, and I encourage women to come to as many classes as they like to get the full benefit.

Day:  Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month

Time:  10:30-11:30am

Place:  My Body My Pilates https://www.mybodymypilates.com/contact-studio-location/

Class fee:  1,500 yen per participant (limited to 8-10 women)

RSVP:  Please let me know if you’d like to come by RSVP’ing to me at skwilson88@hotmail.com

Schedule for the next few months:

2017

December 13, 27

2018

January 10, 24

February 14, 28

March 14, 28

 

December Doula Cafe

The next Doula Cafe will be on Tuesday, December 12th from 10:00-11:30am at the Tokyu Plaza on the Meiji Dori/Omotesando crossing.

This will be an introduction to the work of doulas:  what doulas are, how we can help and support women through their pregnancies, labour and the post-partum period, and how I work in particular with my clients.

For those who are interested in having a doula, please come along to find out more while we chat over tea or coffee.  Currently I am open to take on clients from mid-Feb 2018 onwards but feel free to get in touch if you are due sooner and we can discuss availability.

If you’d like to come, please let me know at the email address here.

Recent Birth at Aiiku

Last week I was at a birth in Aiiku, with Dr Sen as the OB.  It was a really wonderful experience and I quickly wanted to share some general details about it.

My client went into labour during the night and went into hospital that night where she was still very comfortable.  It wasn’t till around 5am when her contractions got intense and very regular.  The LDR unit was actually completely empty – she was the only patient for the whole day.  This meant that we got a lot of extra hands-on support from the midwives which was great.  My client was free to labour however she wanted – so we did a lot of walking, stair-climbing, she used the bath, used the balance ball, and also the active chair.  It was really great at how open she was to trying different things to help her labour along.  It all progressed really smoothly, although the last few centimeters of dilation did take quite a while.  Finding the motivation to keep going naturally not knowing how long there is still left to go and knowing an epidural is an option is a hard thing sometimes, but she really did wonderfully.  She was managing so well that I personally felt she could keep going without an epidural, and I think (I hope) having me there to reassure her that things were going well really helped 🙂

Dr Sen herself is a very laid-back and relaxed doctor when it comes to labour,  letting each woman do what works for them and not over-managing anything (unless the need arises).  She was hands-on during the times she was present doing some massage of foot acupressure points which was nice.  All the times I’ve been in labours with her, I’ve found her to be a really gentle and positive voice.

During the actual delivery, my client was able to have baby immediately placed on her chest and have the heart-rate check and oxygen check of the baby done while on the mother.  In Japan, even if doctors say a mum can have “Kangaroo care” (the term used here for immediate skin to skin contact), it’s not usually as immediate as we expect – usually the baby is quickly taken to the warmer, have the heart-rate check and oxygen checks done, wrapped in a towel and then given back to the mother for the skin to skin time.  So, with Dr Sen, you really can get that immediate contact with your baby which is great!

I’ve got a couple more births coming up with Dr Sen over the next 3 weeks, so I’m looking forward to them, too.

Doula Cafe

The next Doula Cafe will be on Monday, November 27th from 10:00-11:30am at the Tokyu Plaza on the Meiji Dori/Omotesando crossing.

We will again be talking about inductions as it has been a popular conversation point recently with clients.   We will talk about when or why they might be done and what you might expect to happen, as well as go through any concerns or anxieties you may have about being induced .  Feel free to also bring any questions you have about doulas, your hospital, labour, childbirth in Japan and babies in general.

If you’d like to come, please let me know at the email address here.