Happy New Year!
The first Doula Cafe for 2020 will be on Tuesday 7th January from 10-11am at the Tokyu Plaza Starbucks in Harajuku.
The topic of this meeting will be Infant Care and Post-partum support. We’ll go through any questions you may have about infant care in Japan, products, and options available to learn more, as well as post-partum support that you can utilise after your baby is born.
Also, if you are due to give birth from March onwards and are interested in having a doula support you and your husband during the labour, please come along or get in touch. My schedule is already quite booked up for the first half of 2020 but there is some availability for me to take on 3 more clients.
Please send me an email if you plan to come!
I have just one spot left in my schedule for a private Birth Preparation session before the end of 2019!
If you’d like to take that spot (to be arranged according to our schedules up to Dec 29th), please get in touch.
What is covered:
Labour & its stages
How to manage labour: breathing, positions, activities, massage and other comfort measures
What to expect in Japan & your specific hospital
The post-partum period – for mum and baby
I’ll be offering more private sessions in 2020!
Why is it important to breathe deeply, regularly and rhythmically during labour?
💫 Steady, rhythmic breathing can be very calming – both physically and mentally, and using rest periods in between contractions to focus on relaxation breathing can help reset your mind and body in preparation for the next surge.
💫 It can help reduce tension and anxiety, and induce a more relaxed state in the labouring woman. The more relaxed and less panicked someone is in labour, the more the body’s natural endorphins can kick in and do their job to help counteract the intense feeling of the contractions.
💫 Deep breathing during contractions, using specific focusing techniques – such as counting or affirmations – can give your mind something to concentrate on doing. Having this focus can help the mother stay more relaxed overall during the contraction, which can help the contraction work more effectively in opening up the cervix and bringing baby down.
💫 Regular breathing gives the labouring woman a “job” to do that can feel productive, especially when used with vocalised breathing where you can use your voice to match the strength of the contraction
💫 As labour progresses and the strength of contractions continue to build, things can get overwhelming. But focusing on specific breathing techniques can promote a sense of control and a stronger sense of “I can do this”.
💫 Getting a good regular supply of oxygen is Very important for mum and baby to stay well and energised during a labour that, for some can take 1-2 days.
💫 The muscles of your uterus also need a good steady supply of oxygen to work effectively. In the same way that our breathing can help us during an intense exercise session, breathing is vital to helping the uterus working as well as it can during labour.
💫 The more practice someone does with breathing techniques before labour, the more automatic it becomes and the more natural it will feel to fall into these patterns of breathing on the day (or night) of labour.
✨Come along to one of my regular breathing classes to practice some breathing techniques and help you feel more confident about your upcoming labour! ✨
If you’d like more information about my breathing classes, get in touch!
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!”
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!
My Breathing for Birth classes have continued to go well, and it’s been really great to hear how women have found the breathing useful in their own labours for so many reasons.
The class details are below and I’ve updated the schedule for the next quarter of 2018.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Schedule for the next few months:
January 10, 24
February 14, 28
March 14, 28
April 11, 25
May 9, 23
June 13, 27
Right now I’m getting very booked for births up to July. I am able to take on 3-4 more clients in total between now and mid-July. I’ll then be very free to take on clients from late August onwards!
Please get in touch if you’d like to have a doula support you during your labour, and/or if you’d like childbirth preparation!