New Testimonial

One of my January clients just me a testimonial and I was genuinely touched to read it.

I’m sharing it below for everyone, and you can also find this and more testimonials here.

“I had very severe morning sickness, constantly vomiting and getting dehydrated, and it lasted till about a few weeks in my second trimester.  While doing research about how to alleviate my morning sickness, I came across an article about hiring a doula.  I never heard of a doula till then but after reading about it,  I knew I wanted to hire one.  I was hoping with doula support, I can overcome my trauma with pregnancy and have a better experience in my remaining 2nd and 3rd trimesters.  Thank goodness Stephanie’s Tokyo Doula Support exists in Tokyo.

Stephanie has been tremendous in helping me overcome my trauma.  We met for the first time when I was about 21 weeks pregnant and from that time, she has been nothing but very reassuring and comforting.  She helped me build confidence that I can do this and reminded me how magical it is to deliver a baby to this world.  We met a few times to get to know each other better and at every session, she thoroughly answered my incessant questions.  My husband and I took her active birth workshop and we appreciated her remarkable breadth of knowledge about childbirth, breastfeeding, and what to expect after childbirth.  It helped ease my fear of uncertainty.  Stephanie demonstrated activities that help during labor and delivery, for example, breathing techniques, massages, birthing positions, etc.; my husband and I found this helpful and even applied it at the very time of labor and delivery.

Though it may not have felt like it at that time, I can honestly say that with Stephanie’s presence, my childbirth went smoothly.  She was there for me from start to finish of my childbirth.  She kept track of my contractions, encouraged and accompanied me to walk, go up and down the stairs, and squat, coached my husband what to do as a birthing partner, fed me water to stay hydrated, and gave me constant words of encouragement.  My husband said that because of Stephanie, we were able to keep our composure and deliver our baby without an epidural.  He even made a remark that Stephanie gave better advice than the nurses/midwives attending to me.

Dr. Sen and Stephanie respected my birth plan and enabled me to give birth as natural as it can be. Because I kept my eyes closed during the entire birthing in order to stay focused, pictures Stephanie took helped tell a story of my baby boy’s birth to the world.  I honestly would not have been able to do this without Stephanie and Dr. Sen.  My husband and I are very happy and grateful that we had Stephanie guide us throughout this journey. To this day, she continues to support me with motherhood and gives so much TLC when she visits my son.”

Doula Cafe – Birth Plans

February’s Doula Cafe will be on Tuesday, February 20th from 10:00-11:30am at the Tokyu Plaza on the Meiji Dori/Omotesando crossing.

The topic will be Birth Plans (or a birth wish list).  This topic has come up a lot recently at various meetings and I thought it would be a good idea to do a Doula Cafe meeting about it.  We’ll be thinking about things to consider for your birth plans – taking into account the hospital you’re at and of course you’re own thoughts on labour.

For those who are interested in having a doula at their birth, please come along to find out more while we chat over tea or coffee.  I now have limited space to take birth clients on between now and July as I’ve been booked already by a few ladies, and then a very open schedule from late August.   Please get in touch if you are considering it!   For those who are in need of post-partum support, I have space to take on 1-2 clients each month.

If you’d like to come, please let me know at the email address here.