Aiiku Tours

You may remember I mentioned in a previous post that I’d be doing tours of Aiiku hospital in English for Dr Sakamoto’s patients. ¬†The very first one was just over a week ago on November 14th.

It went really well and I think the couples who attended left feeling a lot more positive about their choice of hospital and more reassured in what to expect when the times come for them to go there.

I’ll give a quick overview about what I included in the tour ūüôā

We met in the lobby of the first floor and did some introductions and general conversation and questions about the tour and the hospital.  From here, I showed the couples the day and night time entrances and what they specifically had to do in the event they went into labour during the night.

Next, we went to the 3rd floor which has the LDR area. ¬†We were able to spend a good amount of time looking at the open labour/delivery rooms, become familiarised with the environment and the equipment, and talk about labour positions for comfort and to help things along as well as show them additional tools they could use like the birth ball or active chair. ¬†In the LDR area there is also a bath that can be used (providing the woman’s waters haven’t already broken). ¬†Across from the LDR area is the operating area in the event a c-section is needed.

After this, we went to the 5th floor which has the NICU and briefly looked through the window into the room there.

We then went up to the 7th and 8th floors which have the rooms for staying in after baby is born. ¬†There are 3 types of private rooms available – a suite-type room where the partner can stay overnight, too, a much smaller private room with toilet and shower (partner cannot stay overnight), and a private room without toilet and shower (patients are free to use the communal shower and toilets close by). ¬†We were able to see each of these types of rooms and also wander around the floors to become more familiar with them, looking at the babies’ nursery and the day room. Although there is a nursery, it is absolutely fine to have your baby in your room with you (assuming everything is fine with baby and mother).

The 9th floor is where we went next and this has a restaurant and shop, very conveniently, where you can get anything you need during your stay in the hospital including breastfeeding pillows, slippers, nipple cream, a tokochan belt, drinks, snacks and much more. ¬†It’s a really nice open floor.

The last floor we went to was the 2nd floor which has the maternity unit. ¬†Dr Sakamoto is, I believe, there every Tuesday morning and it is where patients of his who choose to use Aiiku for their baby’s birth will need to go when they go to register at the hospital. ¬†The maternity unit also has breastfeeding rooms, ¬†breastfeeding consultation, and has aromatherapy.

Finally, we went back to the 1st floor lobby where we finished off with final questions or comments.

Celia and I will be doing tours of Aiiku monthly (each of us doing one tour a month) so if you’re interested, please check the schedule the next time you go to your appointment with Dr Sakamoto ūüôā



My first birth at the new Aiiku

I always wish I could blog a little bit more regularly…ah well, the busy life of a mother of 3, a doula and everything else I have been doing and working on!

So a recent update from me ūüôā ¬†I finally experienced my first birth at the new Aiiku hospital! ¬†I was there for most of yesterday and the mother had the birth she had been hoping for (which is always wonderful as it is not always possible for so many reasons). ¬†The LDR rooms (there are 8 of them I believe) are all roomy and allow for lots of labouring positions. ¬†We made very good use of the birth ball yesterday ourselves. ¬†The hallway is just about roomy enough to walk down to pass time during labour and help things along. ¬†We wanted to go outside the LDR area where there are much longer and wider hallways on the same floor, but weren’t allowed. ¬†But no problem! ¬†The mother was a patient of Dr Sakamoto’s and he was, as always, very gracious towards me and my role as a doula and the teamwork between him, the midwives and myself was great. ¬†A really good birth I thought!

Speaking of the new Aiiku, security is a very big thing and patients are all given a card to scan to enter and leave certain areas. ¬†I’m happy to announce that I have my own one now, as Dr Sakamoto has made me an associate of his. ¬†This means I can attend births there with his patients (which previously had not been allowed at the new Aiiku as the security is tight and people allowed are limited). ¬†This is also a good thing for Aiiku and for Dr Sakamoto because using me, for example, as a doula there makes their jobs easier as I can explain things, I’ll be with my client all the time to hep relieve anxieties (as well as doing my labour and birth coaching), and there will be less pressure on everyone else making things go smoother overall.

In November or December, it also looks like I’ll be starting to do Aiiku tours for any patients of Dr Sakamoto’s who are interested. ¬†This is an important thing because currently there are no tours in English. ¬†Seeing the hospital and all the rooms you’ll be using in labour and after is very important as it will help you feel comfortable and give you a chance to have your questions and any concerns answered. ¬†Keep an eye out for further updates on that!