February’s Doula Cafe

February’s Doula Cafe will be on Tuesday 12th from 10am-11am at the Starbucks in Hiroo.  We will go back to the topic of birth plans (always popular) and I’ll share my experiences as a doula at many different hospitals to give you an idea of what you might expect at yours.

If you’re interested in having a doula at your birth, please also join to find out more.  Currently, I only have 2 spaces left for the first half of this year to take on more birth clients.  Questions are very welcome about my services as well as about pregnancy and childbirth in Japan in general.

If you plan on coming, please let me know by sending me an email!

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2019 Breathing for Birth Classes

Breathing for Birth classes will continue during 2019!

The classes will be held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month for one hour.  The class size will be limited to 8-10 women.

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 women to come to as many classes as they like to get the full benefit.

Day:  Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month

Time:  10:30-11:30am

Place:  My Body My Pilates https://www.mybodymypilates.com/contact-studio-location/

Class fee:  1,500 yen per participant (limited to 8-10 women)

RSVP:  Please let me know if you’d like to come by RSVP’ing to me at skwilson88@hotmail.com

Schedule for the next few months:

January – 9th, 23rd

February – 13th, 27th

March – 13th, 27th

April – 10th, 24th

May – 8th, 22nd

June – 12th, 26th

Happy New Year!

Happy 2019!

2018 was my busiest year yet as a doula with just over 30 births, as well as some birth preparation clients and post-partum clients.  I continued to go to hospitals I’m very familiar with, such as Aiiku, and also some brand new hospitals which is always interesting.  How can 2019 get even better?  I’m excited to see!

I’ll be adding in some new services in January and throughout the rest of this year and will also update my Breathing for Birth class schedule, and next Doula Cafe date soon.

For anyone who is interested in having a doula for their birth, please get in touch soon.  Also, feel free to contact me if you’re looking for private or small group birth preparation classes, or a post-partum consultation.

 

 

December’s Doula Cafe

December’s Doula Cafe will be on Wednesday 12th from 12pm-1pm at the Starbucks in Azabu Juban .  We are going to talk about breastfeeding.  If you have questions about breastfeeding or what support is available to you, come along!

If you’re interested in having a Doula at your birth, please also join to find out more. Questions are very welcome about my services as well as about pregnancy and childbirth in Japan in general.

If you plan on coming, please let me know by sending me an email!

November’s Doula Cafe

November’s Doula Cafe will be on Monday 26th from 10am-11am at the Tokyu Plaza Starbucks 6F in Harajuku.  We are going to talk about Birth Plans, or, more accurately, Birth Preferences.  If you have questions about your birth plans or what to include in them, come along!

If you’re interested in having a Doula at your birth, please also join to find out more. Questions are very welcome about my services as well as about pregnancy and childbirth in Japan in general.

If you plan on coming, please let me know by sending me an email!

October’s Doula Cafe

October’s Doula Cafe will be on Tuesday 30th from 10am-11am at the Tokyu Plaza Starbucks 6F in Harajuku.  The topic of the meeting will be letting go of the fear of birth and strategies you can try to help you relax more during labour.

If you’re interested in having a Doula at your birth, please come along to find out more. Questions are very welcome about my services as well as about pregnancy and childbirth in Japan in general.  There is one spot left for my birth doula service for the rest of this year, and limited availability in January, but lots of spots are open from February onwards.

If you plan on coming, please let me know by sending me an email!

September/October births!

It’s been a while since I’ve updated, so I thought I’d let everyone know how the past couple of months have been going!  Well…in one word…”hectic”!  Since getting back to Tokyo from my summer holidays, I’ve had 9 labours.  Each one, of course, has been different and I also got to experience some new hospitals, too.

Of those 9 labours, 3 of them were in Aiiku hospital with either Dr Sakamoto or Dr Sen; 1 was at Higashi-Fuchu hospital; 1 was at Sanikukai hospital;  1 was at Nisseki;  1 was at the Minato Red Cross hospital in Yokohama (Minato Sekijuji byoin);  1 at Showa university Fujigaoka hospital; and 1 at Tokyo Women’s medical university hospital (Joshi idai byoin).

If anyone would like my take on these hospitals, please get in touch and I’d be happy to share my experiences!