Group Birth Preparation Class in Tokyo

Birthing with Confidence


Join Tokyo’s two most experienced Doulas, Stephanie Kawai and Celia Hughes, for a comprehensive birthing class aimed at preparing you fully for having your baby in Japan!

We welcome pregnant women alone, with husbands, and/or any other birth support partner!



Late Pregnancy & Overview of Labour

Breathing for Labour and Birth

Positions/Activities during Labour

Massage and Other Comfort Techniques


What to Expect in Japan and your Specific Hospital

Useful Japanese Terms


Birthing without fear is one of our main goals as we look at how we can view labour positively. We’ll talk about pain and discuss the question “Is childbirth necessarily painful?”


We will go through all the stages of birth, the sensations that accompany each stage and what you can do to receive/provide the best support for each stage – looking at breathing, positions, activities and other comfort measures.


We will also touch on interventions, what they are, why they might be necessary, and what you can do to minimize the chance of needing any interventions.


Finally, we will consider what it’s like giving birth in Japan as a whole from a cultural point of view and also what you could expect to happen during labour at your own particular hospital here.


Details :

A 3-hour class from 3:30pm to 6:30pm on November 24th

Place: Yoga tree, Hiroo

Fees: 10,000 JPY per couple

To register, please email: and

For any couples who’d like a birth class in their own homes, I also offer private birth preparation sessions.
Also, for those who’d like to find out what happens next after birth – at the hospital, in the newborn and post-partum with baby and mum, and to find out all about breastfeeding, you can also contact me for a session!


New Classes from September 2019

As the summer starts to wind down, I’m excited to announce my new classes that will start in September!

Along with my regular Breathing for Birth classes, I’m also starting a pregnancy & labour relaxation and visualisation class and also an infant care class that will cover aspects such as diapering, bathing, sleeping and breastfeeding among other things.

Each class will be an hour long from 11-12pm and will be held at the My Body My Pilates studio and the monthly schedule for the classes will be as follows:

1st Wed of each month – Relaxation & Visualisation

2nd Wed of each month – Breathing for Birth

3rd Wed of each month – Infant Care

4th Wed of each month – Breathing for Birth

The Couples Breathing for Birth class will also continue on the 2nd Saturday of each month, too.

I’m really excited to introduce these new classes and hope to meet even more women over the upcoming months!