World Doula Week

Today is the last day of the annual World Doula Week.  Every year, since 2011, the World Doula Week has aimed to empower doulas to improve all aspects of pregnancy, birth and the post-partum period for women, their babies, and their partners.  You can find out more about World Doula Week here!

During the past week, I have been working on some new classes and services that I will start offering the Tokyo/Japan English-speaking community.  Stay tuned for more info coming soon!


I just received a lovely testimonial from a client who had her baby in December of 2018. For more testimonials, please take a look here!

“In the months leading up to the birth, Stephanie met with us several times to answer all of our questions about the pregnancy and birth. Her input was always reassuring, and indeed, helped us know what to expect at the birth itself. As first time parents, her support and coaching at the birth allowed us to have a smooth and worry-free birth experience. Thank you Stephanie!”



Couples Breathing for Birth Classes

I’m really excited to finally start my Couples Breathing for Birth Classes where both mum and dad can come along to find out how the way in which we breathe in labour can make a big difference mentally and physically.  It’s going to be a great chance for couples to connect together as they prepare for baby’s birth, and hopefully have a little fun, too.

In this one hour class, we will be getting in touch with our bodies and minds in preparation for labour and birth.  We will focus on our breathing and the ways in which it can help us during labour  – as an essential tool for relaxation in labour as well as the crucial role our breathing plays in helping us manage our contractions more effectively.

Breathing is the most natural thing in the world for us to do, and we breathe without even thinking that we are doing so.  Yet in labour it can be one of the most challenging parts – breathing regularly and effectively through contractions to help your uterus work as well as possible and giving you a way to stay in control of your labour can be hard work.  Through these classes, you’ll have the chance to focus just on your breathing for labour, and learn how you can use it to relax and prepare your mind for each stage of labour.

Combined together with other gentle relaxation techniques and massage, this one hour class should leave you feeling refreshed, more empowered and more in touch with your body.

It’s a great compliment to any other comprehensive birth preparation class you are doing or may do, and I encourage everyone to come to as many classes as they like to get the full benefit.

Day:  Every 2nd Saturday of the month

Time:  3:00-4:00pm

Place:  My Body My Pilates

Class fee:  1,500 yen per participant (3,000 per couple).  Minimum of 4 couples, maximum of 8.

RSVP:  Please let me know if you’d like to come by RSVP’ing to me at