C-section Preparation & Recovery Workshop

A new workshop I will be holding every 2 months!

The first workshop will be on Sunday, July 25th at 4:30pm. The workshops will be held at the My Body My Pilates studio in Azabu.

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.

2,000 yen per person or 3,000 yen per couple.

Birth Preferences Workshops

I will start holding monthly birth preferences workshops starting from this month!

The first workshop will be on Sunday, July 25th at 3:30pm and you are welcome to attend as a couple or alone. The workshops will be held at My Body My Pilates studio in Azabu.

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.

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.

2,000 yen per person, 3,000 yen if you attend as a couple.

**Private Birth Plan consultations are also possible for those who prefer**

July 2021 in-person Doula Cafe

I’ll be holding an in-person Doula Cafe on Tuesday, July 20th at 2pm 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! 

I’m opening it up to up to 4-5 women only, so please let me know if you’d like to join!

These meetings are FREE and something I enjoy doing very much and I’ll continue to hold a few more 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!

Zoom Breastfeeding Workshop July 2021

The next workshop will be on Zoom on July 20th, 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.

NEW Online Post-partum Support Package

I have added a NEW online package option to my post-partum support packages! In addition to my already existing in-person post-partum support packages (which you can see here and here), I’m now offering the following online package!

Post-partum Virtual Support Package

3 Months’ Support

A weekly video call in the first month (4 calls).

2 video calls a month in the 2nd & 3rd months.

Text & Email questions are welcome in addition to the above.

18,000yen in total

Virtual/online post-partum support can be really helpful for those who live outside of Tokyo/Kanto area or those who prefer to be more cautious about home visits due to corona. The support includes help and advice with breastfeeding, aspects of baby care and any questions, concerns you may have or other resources you might be looking for. It can also be a great chance to debrief on the birth experience, which can be a huge part of the post-partum recovery process (mentally) for new parents.

You can see much more information about the value of post-partum support in my blog post here.

If anyone is interested in a post-partum support package, either in-person or online, or if anyone would like a single post-partum visit to have your questions answered, get some help with breastfeeding etc, please get in touch!

July 2021 Zoom Doula Cafe

The July Doula Cafe on Zoom will be on Sunday, June 11th at 10am!

Partners are also welcome to attend this Doula Cafe!

We’ll be talking about current hospital rules, restrictions, and what to expect (the inside scoop) as well as how you can advocate for yourself regarding preferences. We will also have time to talk about anything related to pregnancy, hospitals, labour and post-partum in Japan that may be on your minds – so bring your questions!

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. I’ll be working less in August with classes and preparation to have some time with my kids who are growing up too fast. Private preparation sessions, consultations and post-partum/breastfeeding visits are available but there will only be 2 open slots each week. From September onwards it’ll be back to full steam with everything! For those who are interested in a birth support package, I am full for September and can take only 2-3 more clients between October to December, so please get in touch asap!

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 July in-person meeting.

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Breathing for Birth Classes – July & August

(Limited schedule over Summer)

Breathing is the NUMBER 1 thing to focus on for whatever kind of labour you hope for – natural or with an epidural. It gives you focus, relieves tension, keeps you mentally calmer and leads to a (generally) smoother birth experience. You can see more here about the importance of breathing in labour!

In-person Weekday Classes: 

In-person preparation is so important for birth and my Breathing for Birth classes have been a popular option over the past few years .  My classes are limited to 3-4 women maximum currently to make sure there is plenty of space between attendees.  Mask wearing is required (and actually practicing breathing with a mask on is important as hospitals require masks for some parts of labour). The studio room is well ventilated with open windows and doors to maintain good airflow during the classes, too.  Each class is one hour and they are a great way to practice useful breathing techniques to manage labour more effectively.

The schedule for these classes is as follows:

July 21st Wednesday  11am-12pm

August 25th Wednesday  11am-12pm

2,000 yen per person per class

Minimum of 2 attendees, maximum of 4

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

Online Zoom Classes:

For those who feel more comfortable staying at home, I am continuing to offer Zoom classes for Breathing.  These classes will be 50-60 minutes long and will hopefully provide attendees with enough knowledge about how the way you breathe can help in labour along with some practical practice.

The schedule for these classes is as follows:

July 9th & 30th Friday 9:30am

August 13th & 27th Friday 9:30am

Cost per class per attendee: 1,000 yen

Minimum of 2 attendees, maximum of 8

In-person Couples Breathing for Birth Classes:

OFF for July/August (private options only)

Couples Zoom Breathing for Birth Classes:

July 24th Saturday 9:30-10:30am

August 21st Saturday 9:30-10:30am

Cost per couple: 2,000 yen

In-person Couples Birthing With Confidence Classes: 

Fully comprehensive birth preparation – private options at home and semi-private/small group options for 2-3 couples available.

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

The post-partum period

Breastfeeding

Cost per couple for semi-private (2 couples): 13,000 yen (one session of approx 3 hours)

Private session: 18,000 yen (can be split over 2 sessions of 1.5-2hours each)

Group class: 10,000 yen (from 3 couples)

July 2021 Classes & Meetings

It’s July and half of 2021 is now behind us! The State of Emergency has now ended and hopefully won’t be reinstated (at least not so soon) but of course, no doubt, we will all continue to be careful. So, as usual, 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 – 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 July-September (1 new client only). There is more availability from October onwards and I’m already taking bookings for early 2022.

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

July 3rd – 9:30AM – Zoom Baby Cafe –  FREE SUPPORT SESSION for mothers/parents with babies of any age

July 9th – 9:30AM – Zoom Breathing for Birth class

July 11th – 10AM – Zoom Doula Cafe – FREE SUPPORT SESSION for pregnant women & partners

July 11th – 3:30PM – Semi-Private/small group Birthing With Confidence 3 hour Childbirth Preparation – 2-3 couples only (in Azabu)

July 16th – 9:30AM – Zoom Infant Care class

July 20th – 9:30AM – Zoom Breastfeeding Education Workshop 

July 20th – 2PM – In-person Doula Cafe – FREE SUPPORT SESSION for pregnant women (Harajuku)

July 21st – 11AM – In-person Breathing for Birth class (in Azabu)

July 21st – 12PM – Labour & Birth Movement  (in Azabu)

July 21st – 1PM – In-person Baby Cafe – FREE SUPPORT SESSION for mothers with babies of any age (Harajuku)

July 24th – 9:30AM – Zoom Couples Breathing for Birth class

July 24th – 10:30AM – Zoom Couples Positions & Massage class

July 25th  – 3:30PM – Birth Preferences Workshop for Couples (in Azabu)

July 25th – 4:30PM – C-section Preparation & Recovery Workshop for Couples (in Azabu)

July 30th – 9:30AM – Zoom Breathing for Birth class

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

**For July, online group classes will continue to be 1,000yen per attendee or 2,000 yen per couple. In-person group classes will now be 2,000 yen per person due to limiting numbers (3,000 per couple if you join with your partner). Birthing with Confidence semi-private birth preparation will be 13,000 yen per couple (for 2 couples only) or 10,000 per couple for 3 couples. For private options are 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

Find me on Facebook @Tokyo Doula Support

Instagram @steph_tokyodoula

Clubhouse @stephanietmg

Facebook groups: Tokyo Pregnancy Group & Tokyo Mothers Group

2021 First 6 months Summary

It really feels like the New Year happened only a few weeks ago, yet here we are at the start of July with half of 2021 behind us! I say it very time, but how fast is this year going?

I hope January-June has treated everyone well even though things have remained quite stressful/frustrating/depressing/upsetting/annoying (choose your adjective!) because of the pandemic. I can understand all these feelings but I’m grateful my work has given me real joy despite the negatives we’ve all been living through.

I’ve had a a busy few months. I’ve held so many different classes and sessions to help prepare couples for birth and baby, had many different consults (from birth plans, to hospital options, to post-partum and breastfeeding support), and supported 25 couples with their labours – mostly virtual due to coronavirus restrictions in hospitals but also a few in-person labours which were wonderful!

For the next half of the year, I also have another 20 couples who I’ll be supporting in their labours, along with the pre-natal support, preparation and post-partum support that comes along with it. And of course I’ll be continuing my usual classes, consults and support sessions (Doula Cafe and Baby Cafe).

I’ll be reducing my schedule for the summer (July/August) as I take a little break and hang out with my kids but I’ll keep some services and options going. As my schedule will be limited, if anyone would like a consult or birth preparation please get in touch soon. I’ll be posting up my July schedule very soon.

After summer, I’ll be back full force and also have a series of new classes, workshops and sessions planned for which I’m excited about (so watch this space).

I’ll also try and work on some more useful blog posts and information for everyone during the summer, too. If there’s anything you’d like me to write about, let me know!

Remember, as well as here, you can also find me on my groups Tokyo Pregnancy Group & Tokyo Mothers Group, my Tokyo Doula Support FB page, and my Instagram @steph_tokyodoula

Here are a few highlights from the past 6 months that I hope you enjoy!

Zoom Breastfeeding Workshop June 2021

The next workshop will be on Zoom on June 23rd, 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.