October 2021 in-person Baby Cafe

The next Baby Cafe is an in-person one on Wednesday, October 20th at 10:30am in the Tokyu Plaza Starbucks in Harajuku .

These meetings are FREE and a great chance to connect with others.  If you are a mum/caregiver to a baby of any age, these meetings could be of benefit to you.

In the newborn period, it can be quite overwhelming at times as you learn to adjust to your new family dynamic, get to know your baby, get used to breastfeeding and other aspects of baby care, and figure out who this new “you” is.  These Baby Cafe meetings are a chance for new mothers/parents to meet others, talk about motherhood/parenthood and baby topics, feel less isolated, and get some support if you’re finding things tough.

If you’d like to join, let me know by sending me an email to the email address here.

Zoom Breastfeeding Workshop October 2021

The next workshop will be on Zoom on October 18th, 9:30am-10:30am.

Every month I hold a Breastfeeding Education Workshop to help women prepare for breastfeeding and be as informed as possible before baby comes. As a doula and breastfeeding counsellor, accurate and evidence-based information regarding breastfeeding is important to me, and helping women achieve their breastfeeding goals is a huge part of the work I do.

In these workshops, you will find out about:

The benefits of breastfeeding & breastmilk

The process of breastmilk production

What to expect in the first few weeks & normal newborn behaviour

All about latching and getting a good latch

Positions

Building and protecting your milk supply

Common breastfeeding problems

How to get support for breastfeeding from your hospital

Top 5 tips to breastfeeding success

Useful items

List of resources

Cost per attendee: 1,000yen.

If you’d like to attend, please get in touch here.

Akachan Honpo Tours

After a very long hiatus (thanks Corona), I’m re-starting my Akachan Honpo tours!

Akachan Honpo is the most popular baby goods store in Japan and can give new parents-to-be an insight into readily available items in Japan.

In these tours, we take a comprehensive look around the Gotanda store with an explanation of different items, what could be useful, English translations of any Japanese items/instructions/info, and go through any questions you might have.

These tours are fun and looking around baby stores is part of the excitement of having a baby!

Tours are for 4-6 people (couples welcome) and 1,000 per person. Private tours are also available on request (please ask).

October 2021 in-person Doula Cafe

I’ll be holding an in-person Doula Cafe on Monday, October 11th at 10:00am in the Harajuku Tokyu Plaza 6F outside terrace area. It’s a great chance to connect with other pregnant women and talk about all things related to pregnancy, birth and baby, as well as meet me – a Tokyo Doula – and find out all about the services I offer and how they might benefit you! 

These meetings are FREE and something I enjoy doing very much and I’ll continue to hold in-person meetings in outside spaces for safety’s-sake (although I’ll continue to offer virtual meetings, too).

Please let me know if you’d like to join!

October 2021 C-section Preparation & Recovery Workshop on Zoom

The next workshop will be on Sunday, October 10th at 5pm. The workshop will be on Zoom.

This workshop is a c-section-specific workshop. For anyone who is expecting a c-section, this workshop can help you understand what to expect at your specific hospital and give you questions to bring to your care-giver so you can be as informed as possible about the procedure in advance.

We will also go through breathing and other relaxation techniques to help you stay calm during the operation, suitable exercises during pregnancy to facilitate an “easier” recovery afterwards, what to expect with recovery – tips/advice and useful items, and the benefits of scar massage after the first 6 weeks.

You are welcome to attend alone or with your partner.

1,000 yen per person or 2,000 yen per couple.

October Birth Preferences Workshop

Birth preferences workshops are held monthly, either in-person or on Zoom!

This month the workshop will be on Zoom on Sunday, October 10th at 4pm and you are welcome to attend as a couple or alone.

In these workshops, we’ll be going through what to consider for your birth plans – taking into account your birth preferences. We’ll discuss options to consider for the contraction stage of your labour, the delivery (as you are pushing), and the post-partum stay at the hospital/clinic. You can bring any birth plan form your hospital/clinic may already have provided you with.

There will be a chance for you to ask questions to understand your options more clearly regarding the hospital that you’re at, and you will come away with additional questions to ask your hospital so that you can be as informed as possible regarding your preferences and how they align with hospital policies.

For anyone who is still unsure about which facility they’d like to use for their pregnancy and birth, these workshops can help, too.

You can see more about Birth Plans here.

1,000 yen per person, 2,000 yen if you attend as a couple.

**I also offer Private Birth Plan consultations and hospital consultations**

October 2021 Zoom Doula Cafe

The October Doula Cafe on Zoom will be on Saturday, October 9th at 5pm!

Partners are also welcome to attend this Doula Cafe!

In this Doula Cafe, we’ll talk about birth interventions like episiotomies (useful questions to ask your doctor/hospital, what to expect at your hospital) and how to advocate. It’s also a chance for everyone to ask any questions they have about pregnancy, about your hospital/clinic here and policies/rules/restrictions, about labour, about life with a baby in Japan.

These Doula Cafes are also great if anyone is interested in finding out about my work as a doula, how I work and how I can support you through pregnancy, labour and the post-partum period, I’m always very happy to talk about that, too. For those who are interested in a birth support package, I can take 1 more full birth package client until December (I’ll be taking some time off over Christmas/New Year), so please get in touch asap! There is more availability from next year and I’m already accepting clients.

If you’d like to join, please email me here and I’ll send you the link!  Grab yourself a drink of choice, relax in the comfort of your own home, and let’s talk! 

These Doula Cafe meetings are FREE and something I enjoy doing very much.  I am keeping an online option each month but will also have an in-person meeting, too. Stay tuned for details of the October in-person meeting.

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October 2021 Zoom Baby Cafe

The October Zoom Baby Cafe will be on Friday, October 8th at 10:30am on Zoom!

These meetings are FREE and a great chance to connect with others.  If you are a mum/caregiver to a baby of any age and want to chat to others and have questions, these meetings could be of benefit to you.

In the newborn period, it can be quite overwhelming at times as you learn to adjust to your new family dynamic, get to know your baby, get used to breastfeeding and other aspects of baby care, and figure out who this new “you” is.  These Baby Cafe meetings are a chance for new mothers/parents to meet others, talk about motherhood/parenthood and baby topics, feel less isolated, and get some support if you’re finding things tough. If your baby is a little older, that’ completely fine, too. Perhaps you want some company or have questions about a new phase your little one is going through! Come along to talk 

If you’d like to join, let me know by sending me an email to the email address here.

October 2021 Classes & Meetings

It’s October and we are into Autumn – a wonderful season in Japan. The State of Emergency was lifted at the end of September, but hospitals haven’t significantly altered any restrictions (even with previous liftings of States of Emergency, not much changed). I think, after a few weeks/months, if the situation in Japan remains stable and numbers don’t significantly increase again, possibly things may relax more…so let’s see.

With my classes, meetings & get-togethers, this month there will continue to be a variety of online classes with some in-person options so everyone can choose what they feel most comfortable with. With any classes that are in person, health precautions and proper distancing will continue to stay in place (mask wearing and limited numbers). The classes and events I offer have all come from me knowing what I would have benefitted from with my first pregnancy – the support and information that would have helped me. I hope these classes and meetings help you, too.

As always, for anyone who would like to arrange a private, semi-private or small group, fully comprehensive childbirth preparation class – Birthing With Confidence or Aiiku Birth Skills – please get in touch.  And, I’ll continue to offer private sessions in-person and online for birth plan consultations, Infant Care classes, Breastfeeding support and post-partum help. If you are interested in any other type of class and wonder whether I offer it, please send me a message.

Please get in touch if you’d like to book a class or if you have any questions.  For anyone who is interested in a Birth Support Package for doula support during pregnancy, labour (in-person or virtual depending on restriction) and the post-partum period, I have limited availability for Nov-Dec (1 new client only now). There is more availability from January onwards of 2022.

Don’t forget, for ONLINE options, I have a ticket system available too (which includes a small discount).

Oct 3rd – 3:30PM – Birth Skills – 3 hour session specifically about birth in Aiiku 2-3 Couples only (in Azabu)

Oct 8th – 9:30AM – Zoom Breathing for Birth class

Oct 8th – 10:30AM – Zoom Baby Cafe –  FREE SUPPORT SESSION for mothers/parents with babies of any age

Oct 9th – 5PM – Zoom Doula Cafe – FREE SUPPORT SESSION for pregnant women & partners

Oct 10th  – 4PM –  Zoom Birth Preferences Workshop for Couples 

Oct 10th – 5PM – Zoom C-section Preparation & Recovery Workshop for Couples 

Oct 11th – 10AM – In-person Doula Cafe – FREE SUPPORT SESSION for pregnant women (Harajuku)

Oct 13th – 11AM – In-person Breathing for Birth class (in Azabu)

Oct 13th – 12PM – Labour & Birth Movement  (in Azabu)

Oct 17th – 3:30PM – Semi-Private/small group Birthing With Confidence 3 hour Childbirth Preparation – 2-3 couples only (in Azabu)

Oct 18th – 9:30AM – Zoom Breastfeeding Education Workshop 

Oct 20th – 10:30AM – In-person Baby Cafe – FREE SUPPORT SESSION for mothers with babies of any age (Harajuku area)

Oct 20th – 12PM – TPG Lunch

Oct 22nd – 9:30AM – Zoom Infant Care class

Oct 23rd – 9:30AM – Zoom Couples Breathing for Birth class

Oct 23rd – 10:30AM – Zoom Couples Positions & Massage class

Oct 25th – 10AM – Mount Takao excursion

Oct 31st – 2PM – In-person Infant Care class for couples (in Azabu)

Oct 31st – 3:30PM – Birth Skills – 3 hour session specifically about birth in Aiiku 2-3 Couples only (in Azabu)

*Weekdays & Weekends are also possible for private classes/sessions at depending on the day/time*

**For Oct, online group classes will continue to be 1,000yen per attendee or 2,000 yen per couple. In-person group classes are 2,000 yen per person or 3,000 per couple if you join with your partner. Birthing with Confidence semi-private/small group birth preparation will be 13,000 yen per couple. For private options, available for all classes, please ask as it depends on the class :)**

About Breathing classes, please see here and here

About Positions & Massage classes, please see here

About Infant Care classes, please see here

About Breastfeeding Education Workshop, please see here

About Labour & Birth Movement, please see here

About Birthing with Confidence fully comprehensive birth preparation, please see here

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Facebook groups: Tokyo Pregnancy Group & Tokyo Mothers Group

Birthing with Confidence & Birth Skills September 2021 onwards

My Birthing with Confidence childbirth preparation classes have been very popular over the past 18 months in particular due to corona, with couples realising even more than before the importance of preparing for labour, their specific hospital, and the early post-partum period. With all the changes and on-going restrictions put in place by many hospitals for labour and visiting, couples really want to know more about labour and how they can still have a positive experience despite these restrictions.

Preparing for labour and birth, both mentally and physically, cannot be underestimated. In addition to learning all about labour and practicing useful breathing techniques and comfort measures, we also consider what to expect at your own particular hospital/birth clinic in Tokyo/Japan. Being fully informed this way is hugely important. We also take a look at the early post-partum period and the very basics of breastfeeding. My hope and aim is for couples to come away feeling more aware, more encouraged, more prepared and positive with a feeling of “we’ve got this”!

If you’d like to book a group class (for 2-3 couples) held in Azabu, please ask about the next available date.

For those at Aiiku hospital with the International Unit, there is also a specific Birth Skills class available to take – so that you find out all about what to expect at Aiiku hospital. Content is very similar to my Birthing with Confidence class but the focus is only on Aiiku, how you can prepare for labour there, what to expect with labour and the post-partum period there and your IU doctor, and how you can support yourself with breathing, positions, massage and more!

Private sessions are also available. For the rest of 2021 I have limited space for private clients, so please book in asap!