Doula support options in the age of Social Distancing

How’s everyone doing?  It’s been quite a few weeks all around the world with the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.  I hope everyone is doing ok – it can easily get overwhelming.

I thought I’d take a moment to let everyone know of current services I’m offering (in addition to my birth doula service) in light of the virus and with all of us being more cautious about group activities and distancing ourselves socially more than we’d usually do.  I’d hate for any couples who are currently pregnant to feel they are without support or any means of preparation before their baby is born, so these options can also be done online via video calls (using whichever mode works best for each couple).

Full Birth preparation classes:

I’m currently offering PRIVATE birth Birthing with Confidence Classes for couples in the comfort of their own homes – in-person or Online.  Content includes Late Pregnancy & Overview of Labour, Breathing for Labour and Birth, Positions/Activities during Labour, Massage and Other Comfort Techniques, Interventions, What to Expect in Japan and your Specific Hospital, Useful Japanese Terms, and the post-partum period and breastfeeding.  These sessions can be done in one session or split over 2 sessions.

Birth plan/hospital choice consultations:

My Birth plan/hospital choice consultations continue to be private and, again, these can be arranged either as in-person meetings or done online.

Breastfeeding and post-partum consultations:

Post-partum support is something that continues to be very important for me to provide.  While ideally breastfeeding support is given in-person, for those who need virtual support I’ve just started offering that option more regularly.

Infant care classes:

Again, I’m still offering these as private sessions in the comfort of clients’ homes.  Online consults about infant care topics can also be arranged, too.

So please feel reassured that support is still there for anyone who needs it – whether it’s in person or online.  I’m always happy to discuss more if anyone has any questions, so please feel free to send me an email at skwilson88@hotmail.com.

For my Birth Doula support, that is still continuing.  Virtual support is also possible!

Hope everyone is hanging in there and not getting to stressed or anxious either here in Japan or for their home countries.  Please reach out if you find that your anxiety levels are increasing and we can do some relaxation breathing to help a little bit.

Stay healthy everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

September so far!

Since I’ve been back from my summer holidays, I’ve been to 3 births – all at Aiiku hospital.  2 with Dr Sakamoto and 1 with Dr Sen.  In all 3 cases, everything went very smoothly.  For anyone looking for some perspective and information about what to expect in Aiiku with either Dr Sakamoto and Dr Sen, please get in touch (you are in good hands, though).

Towards the end of this month, or possibly early October depending on when baby decides to come, I’ll also be acting as a distance doula for a client who isn’t able to have a doula for her birth in person.  I’m excited to see how that will go and hope that it will be a positive experience for my client and her partner.  If anyone is in a different part of Japan or has a very strict (less progressive) hospital that flat-out refuses doula support, please get in touch if you’d like to consider distance support instead!

I’m also now working on setting up a Facebook page for Tokyo Doula Support.  As I often post relevant articles, advice and so on on different Facebook groups, I though it was about time (after 5 years of running Tokyo Doula Support) that I have my own page for it all.  Watch this space!!