Group Birth Preparation Class in Tokyo

Birthing with Confidence

 

Join Tokyo’s two most experienced Doulas, Stephanie Kawai and Celia Hughes, for a comprehensive birthing class aimed at preparing you fully for having your baby in Japan!

We welcome pregnant women alone, with husbands, and/or any other birth support partner!

 

CONTENTS:

Late Pregnancy & Overview of Labour

Breathing for Labour and Birth

Positions/Activities during Labour

Massage and Other Comfort Techniques

Interventions

What to Expect in Japan and your Specific Hospital

Useful Japanese Terms

 

Birthing without fear is one of our main goals as we look at how we can view labour positively. We’ll talk about pain and discuss the question “Is childbirth necessarily painful?”

 

We will go through all the stages of birth, the sensations that accompany each stage and what you can do to receive/provide the best support for each stage – looking at breathing, positions, activities and other comfort measures.

 

We will also touch on interventions, what they are, why they might be necessary, and what you can do to minimize the chance of needing any interventions.

 

Finally, we will consider what it’s like giving birth in Japan as a whole from a cultural point of view and also what you could expect to happen during labour at your own particular hospital here.

 

Details :

A 3-hour class from 3:30pm to 6:30pm on November 24th

Place: Yoga tree, Hiroo

Fees: 10,000 JPY per couple

To register, please email: skwilson88@hotmail.com and celia.hughes@mac.com

For any couples who’d like a birth class in their own homes, I also offer private birth preparation sessions.
Also, for those who’d like to find out what happens next after birth – at the hospital, in the newborn and post-partum with baby and mum, and to find out all about breastfeeding, you can also contact me for a session!

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October Doula Cafe #2

The next Doula Cafe will be on Monday 28th from 10-11am at the Tokyu Plaza Starbucks in Harajuku.

We’ll go back to one of the most popular topics – breastfeeding! We’ll discuss what you can do now in pregnancy and the early post-partum period to help breastfeeding get off to a positive start.

Also, if you are due to give birth from January onwards and are interested in having a doula support you and your husband during the labour, please come along or get in touch.  My schedule is already getting booked up for the first few months of 2020 but there is some availability for me to take on more clients.

Please send me an email if you plan to come!

September so far!

Since I’ve been back from my summer holidays, I’ve been to 3 births – all at Aiiku hospital.  2 with Dr Sakamoto and 1 with Dr Sen.  In all 3 cases, everything went very smoothly.  For anyone looking for some perspective and information about what to expect in Aiiku with either Dr Sakamoto and Dr Sen, please get in touch (you are in good hands, though).

Towards the end of this month, or possibly early October depending on when baby decides to come, I’ll also be acting as a distance doula for a client who isn’t able to have a doula for her birth in person.  I’m excited to see how that will go and hope that it will be a positive experience for my client and her partner.  If anyone is in a different part of Japan or has a very strict (less progressive) hospital that flat-out refuses doula support, please get in touch if you’d like to consider distance support instead!

I’m also now working on setting up a Facebook page for Tokyo Doula Support.  As I often post relevant articles, advice and so on on different Facebook groups, I though it was about time (after 5 years of running Tokyo Doula Support) that I have my own page for it all.  Watch this space!!

October 2019 Doula Cafe

October’s Doula Cafe will be on Tuesday Oct 1st from 10-11am at the Tokyu Plaza Starbucks in Harajuku.

In this Doula Cafe, we’ll be going back to the topic of birth plans and questions to consider asking your hospital/birth clinic so you can be prepared with what to expect.

Also, if you are due to give birth from November onwards and are interested in having a doula support you and your husband during the labour, please come along or get in touch.  I have availability for just 2 more clients for the rest of this year (it’s getting full), and clients are already booking in up till April.  I’m happy to arrange a meeting with anyone who is considering doula support.

Please send me an email if you plan to come!

September Doula Cafe

Now that I’m back from my UK summer, the next Doula Cafe will be on Monday, September 2nd from 10-11am at the Tokyu Plaza Starbucks in Harajuku.

In this Doula Cafe, we’ll look at the role of a doula and how using one can help you during your pregnancy, labour, and post-partum life supporting you with infant care, breastfeeding and more.

Also, if you are due to give birth from November onwards and are interested in having a doula support you and your husband during the labour, please come along or get in touch.  There is still some availability for me to take on more clients.

Please send me an email if you plan to come!

Infant Care Class

NEW CLASS!

This new class will start from September 2019 and will be held on the 3rd 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 going through various different aspects of infant care – diapering, bathing, sleeping and breastfeeding (including steps women can take during pregnancy to help get breastfeeding off to the best possible start) among other topics.  We will take time to go through any questions women have about infant care and items related to having a baby in Japan.  Hopefully, everyone will leave the class feeling a little bit more confident about what they will do once baby arrives.

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 1st Wednesday of the month

Time:  11:00am-12:00pm

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

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:

Sept – 18th

Oct – 16th

Nov – 20th

Dec – 18th

Relaxation & Visualisation Classes

NEW CLASS!

This new class will start from September 2019 and will be held on the 1st 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 focusing on relaxing our bodies and releasing tension and anxiety – both physically and mentally.  Relaxation techniques can help manage pregnancy-related stresses as well as help during labour to help everything progress a little more smoothly.  Coupled with visualisation techniques to help women connect more with baby and body, both during pregnancy and labour, it can help lead to a more positive birth experience.

Hopefully, women will leave this one hour class feeling relaxed, refreshed and more connected to their bodies and the amazing things that they will go through.

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 1st Wednesday of the month

Time:  11:00am-12:00pm

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

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:

Sept – 4th

Oct – 2nd

Nov – 6th

Dec – 4th