Doula Cafe

The next Doula Cafe will be Tuesday Dec 6th 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.

We’ll talk about breastfeeding, newborn care, and what to expect after baby is born.

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🙂   I have a client who is due to give birth soon, so hopefully I won’t have to cancel due to her being in labour then!

 

 

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VBAC Success

A week ago today, I was at my first VBAC (Vaginal Birth After C-section).  Dr Sakamoto was the doctor, so the birth itself was at Aiiku hospital.   The mother didn’t have the best experience with the C-section she needed to have with her first child (overall stress of the experience, reaction to medication, and the long recovery time afterwards), so she was very determined to at least be able to try for a VBAC with this pregnancy.

As it was my first VBAC, I was very “excited”to be asked by the mother to be her doula 🙂 Throughout her pregnancy, as is the case with all my clients, we had regular meetings where we discussed things related to her pregnancy, the labour, what had happened at hospital appointments and so on.  I really hoped that she’d be able to get her wish of trying for her VBAC and that nothing unexpected would come up to change things.  Dr Sakamoto was willing to let her try but was cautious about the chance of success (I think this goes with his character and his role as doctor and main care-provider).

The mum went into labour the day before her due date.  A c-section had been booked already for the next week if labour didn’t start naturally because in a VBAC situation inductions are not done.  She was very very glad her labour started naturally and I got to the hospital as contractions were very close together and pretty intense.  Without going in to the full details of her labour (as that is the mum’s story to tell), her sheer will and determination to have a successful VBAC were what got her through.  There was a time where it looked like a c-section was going to be needed as the labour wasn’t progressing…but then literally in less than an hour she was ready to push and her baby was born beautifully.  It was fantastic and I was so thrilled for her!

For anyone who is considering a VBAC, I’d love to hear from you!

Doula Cafe

The next Doula Cafe will be Tuesday Nov 22nd and it’s free to join!  It will be at the Tokyu Plaza Starbucks (6th floor) in Harajuku, from 11:00-12:30.  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!

We’ll talk about hospitals and birth clinics and experiences in them.  We’ll also talk about ways to manage labour – thinking about breathing , relaxation and visualisation techniques.

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🙂

Lovely Testimonial

I wanted to share a lovely testimonial one of my clients (she had her baby in October) wrote for me 🙂

I was really touched to read it!

“Having a baby so far from home, and doing it all for the first time is incredibly nerve wracking. Stephanie proved to be a fantastic support during my pregnancy, on hand to answer any questions or concerns, and helping me write my birth plan – providing insight and advice on the ‘Japanese system’ to help me work out what was going to be most appropriate for me.

During my labour Stephanie was the most wonderful, calm and knowledgeable supporter. She helped my husband and I relax throughout, kept us updated with how things were progressing, and provided reassurance and ideas. My labour was deemed ‘high risk’ so could so easily have been daunting and scary, but Stephanie’s presence helped guide us through the whole journey and keep us calm. After my labour Stephanie was a lovely lovely presence, as my daughter was away from me for quite some time. I really appreciated her staying with me throughout that emotional time, and keeping my mind occupied with inane chat whilst my husband and baby daughter were away from me.
Breastfeeding has so far been great for me, and a lot of that I put down to Stephanie’s lobbying for kangaroo care immediately after birth (something which, due to the high risk nature of her delivery I don’t think we would have managed to secure ourselves). She has also been fab at answering all my questions and helping with any concerns.
I couldn’t recommend Stephanie’s services more, she has become someone I would class not only as a brilliant doula, but also now a friend. “

Doula Cafe

The next Doula Cafe will be on Tuesday 8th Nov 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!

We’ll talk about hospitals and birth clinics and experiences in them.  We’ll also talk about what labour can be like, signs to look out for, and the real nitty-gritty of birth!

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🙂