The next Doula Cafe will be on Monday 24th October and it’s free to join! It will be at the Tokyu Plaza Starbucks (6th floor) in Harajuku, from 10:30-12:00. The Tokyu Plaza is on the Meiji Dori/Omotesando crossing.
If you are due next year and are considering using a doula for your birth, it’s a great chance to find out how one can support you. If you have never heard of what a doula is, come along to find out If you are due in the next few weeks/months and want to be around other women to talk about birth and baby stuff – perfect!
If you’d like to come, let me know if you can. My email address is here. Simply turning up on the day is also fine, too
One of my recent births, as I mentioned in my previous post, was at Aiiku hospital with Dr Sen. It was the first time I had been at a labour where Dr Sen was the doctor and I was genuinely so impressed her skills, her manner and her “way” of managing things. It was a really relaxed environment for the parents from start to finish and Dr Sen was wonderful in respecting fully all of her patient’s wishes and requests without question. My client, her patient had the labour she hoped for from start to finish. Of course, a lot of this is due to things just going smoothly on the day but I also think a big part of it is that Dr Sen was progressive in her practice to not manage the labour unnecessarily. Once example is during the pushing phase. quite often the expectation with most doctors here is to be on your back on the bed for this part of labour. However, Dr Sen, was very much open to the mother pushing how she wanted – whether that be on the bed, on all 4s, squatting and so on. Following the mother and how her body naturally wants to move (as it should be when everything is going very smoothly and without complications). So I would certainly very much recommend Dr Sen to anyone!
As for myself, my client in the above labour – the lovely Amanda – very kindly wrote a testimonial about me which I’m happy to share with all of you 🙂
“Having a doula for my first labor and delivery was the best decision my husband and I could have made in preparation for the birth of our son. I’ve always known I wanted a natural birth but I just wasn’t quite sure how to go about achieving this or if I would even be able to cope with the pain once the time came. Now I can honestly say that by having Stephanie there with me got me through the hardest parts and I also believe she helped speed up my labor.
My husband wasn’t keen on the idea of having a doula at first. He had never heard of a doula nor is it a very popular in Japan in general as far as I know. He now believes that every women should have a doula. Not only did Stephanie help me get through delivery she helped my husband help me which kept stress levels down for everyone.
Not to mention she was even able to capture photos of the delivery of my son, I will cherish these photos forever and am eternally grateful for this.
I would recommend Stephanie to anyone wanting to have a memorable, relaxed, enjoyable labor and I have every intention of calling on her again once we try for a second child.”.
It’s been a busy few weeks for me! I’ve had 3 births in the past month already and I have 2 more who are due anytime now!
One of the births was at St Luke’s hospital and the other 2 were both at Aiiku – one with Dr Sakamoto and the other with Dr Sen. It was my first time at St Luke’s hospital (I’d been at a birth in their birth clinic previously) and also my first time with Dr Sen at Aiiku. Both of these “firsts” were great! I was impressed with both St Luke’s and also Dr Sen (she’s amazing and I would love to promote her more). So stay tuned for proper posts on those experiences over the next few days 🙂