March Doula Cafe

March’s Doula Cafe will be on Tuesday, March 13th from 10:00-11:30am at the Tokyu Plaza on the Meiji Dori/Omotesando crossing.

The topic will be fear and anxieties around labour and childbirth, and how we can work to overcome them.  Labour can be quite a scary experience for some women, especially when hearing stories from friends or relatives talking about “pain” or how “bad” it was.  It doesn’t have to be like that.  Labour and childbirth can be incredibly empowering and there are definitely ways to mitigate pre-birth anxieties!

If you’d like to come, please let me know at the email address here.

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New Testimonial

One of my January clients just me a testimonial and I was genuinely touched to read it.

I’m sharing it below for everyone, and you can also find this and more testimonials here.

“I had very severe morning sickness, constantly vomiting and getting dehydrated, and it lasted till about a few weeks in my second trimester.  While doing research about how to alleviate my morning sickness, I came across an article about hiring a doula.  I never heard of a doula till then but after reading about it,  I knew I wanted to hire one.  I was hoping with doula support, I can overcome my trauma with pregnancy and have a better experience in my remaining 2nd and 3rd trimesters.  Thank goodness Stephanie’s Tokyo Doula Support exists in Tokyo.

Stephanie has been tremendous in helping me overcome my trauma.  We met for the first time when I was about 21 weeks pregnant and from that time, she has been nothing but very reassuring and comforting.  She helped me build confidence that I can do this and reminded me how magical it is to deliver a baby to this world.  We met a few times to get to know each other better and at every session, she thoroughly answered my incessant questions.  My husband and I took her active birth workshop and we appreciated her remarkable breadth of knowledge about childbirth, breastfeeding, and what to expect after childbirth.  It helped ease my fear of uncertainty.  Stephanie demonstrated activities that help during labor and delivery, for example, breathing techniques, massages, birthing positions, etc.; my husband and I found this helpful and even applied it at the very time of labor and delivery.

Though it may not have felt like it at that time, I can honestly say that with Stephanie’s presence, my childbirth went smoothly.  She was there for me from start to finish of my childbirth.  She kept track of my contractions, encouraged and accompanied me to walk, go up and down the stairs, and squat, coached my husband what to do as a birthing partner, fed me water to stay hydrated, and gave me constant words of encouragement.  My husband said that because of Stephanie, we were able to keep our composure and deliver our baby without an epidural.  He even made a remark that Stephanie gave better advice than the nurses/midwives attending to me.

Dr. Sen and Stephanie respected my birth plan and enabled me to give birth as natural as it can be. Because I kept my eyes closed during the entire birthing in order to stay focused, pictures Stephanie took helped tell a story of my baby boy’s birth to the world.  I honestly would not have been able to do this without Stephanie and Dr. Sen.  My husband and I are very happy and grateful that we had Stephanie guide us throughout this journey. To this day, she continues to support me with motherhood and gives so much TLC when she visits my son.”

Doula Cafe – Birth Plans

February’s Doula Cafe will be on Tuesday, February 20th from 10:00-11:30am at the Tokyu Plaza on the Meiji Dori/Omotesando crossing.

The topic will be Birth Plans (or a birth wish list).  This topic has come up a lot recently at various meetings and I thought it would be a good idea to do a Doula Cafe meeting about it.  We’ll be thinking about things to consider for your birth plans – taking into account the hospital you’re at and of course you’re own thoughts on labour.

For those who are interested in having a doula at their birth, please come along to find out more while we chat over tea or coffee.  I now have limited space to take birth clients on between now and July as I’ve been booked already by a few ladies, and then a very open schedule from late August.   Please get in touch if you are considering it!   For those who are in need of post-partum support, I have space to take on 1-2 clients each month.

If you’d like to come, please let me know at the email address here.

Over-night Home Support Service

I’m very excited to announce my NEW Over-night Home support Service!

This service is for parents of young babies up to 4 months of age who need extra support at night.  I will come and stay with you over-night, staying awake to be on hand to look after baby, pick up and carry baby, soothe baby, change baby, while you get the rest you need.  If needed, I will bring baby to you when it’s time to breastfeed and then continue to look after baby in between feeding.  If baby is formula-fed, I will do the feeding for you.

My aim is to help mum and dad feel more rested even if it’s just for one night.  A good night’s sleep can sometimes make all the difference.

I won’t sleep train your baby – that isn’t something I do – but your baby will be looked after safely even if he or she wakes up often.

If you are interested in this new service, please contact me!  You can see info on fees here 🙂

My Current Availability

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!

January Births Done!

January ended up being one of my busiest months birth-wise!  I was at 5 births overall – which I think is the most I’ve done in one month before!  All of the babies were delivered at Aiiku hospital with either Dr Sakamoto or Dr Sen, and, as expected each labour was very different.

Dr Sen continues to impress me with each labour I’m at with her.  She is definitely natural-labour-minded, allowing the woman to labour at her own pace and it seems to me that less women who have her as a doctor end up with an epidural – partly because she has to call Dr Sakamoto or another back up to administer it if a patient wants one, which puts a barrier in front of getting an epidural in the first place, but mostly because of her encouragement and approach to labour in general.  While she can’t spend all labour with her patients (that’s my job as doula when I’m there), she is hands on when she can be.  She often gives massages, stimulates pressure points and so on during labours which is a really nice thing and comforting thing for an OB to do.   She is also great at making sure women don’t have episiotomies.  I think I’ve only seen her do one once in the various labours I’ve been in with her.

My next labour so far will be a home birth, all being well.  My client will be using So san from Matsugaoka Birth House as her home-birth midwife.   I met her today and she’s lovely.  She can speak English well-enough and is very reassuring.  With Matsugaoka Birth House, you can choose to give birth there (with a midwife), at Nisseki in Hiroo with So san, or in your own home with So san.  Of course, conditions apply and they can’t take on women with any complications, but for those who are looking for a very natural labour, this is a great choice – an experienced English-speaking midwife with the back up if needed of an extremely well-respected hospital.  I’m looking forward to this labour very much!

 

Doula Cafe

The first Doula Cafe of the year will be on Tuesday, January 23rd from 10:00-11:30am at the Tokyu Plaza on the Meiji Dori/Omotesando crossing.

I will be talking about my various services that you can utilise during pregnancy, labour and the post-partum period.

For those who are interested in having a doula at their birth, please come along to find out more while we chat over tea or coffee.  I now have limited space to take birth clients on between now and July as I’ve been booked already by a few ladies, and then a very open schedule from late August.   Please get in touch if you are considering it!   For those who are in need of post-partum support, I have space to take on 1-2 clients each month.

If you’d like to come, please let me know at the email address here.