The next Doula Cafe

The next Doula Cafe will be on Tuesday, September 19th!  It will be a lunchtime meeting at the Tokyu Plaza Starbucks (6th floor) in Harajuku, from 12-1:30pm🙂  The Tokyu Plaza is on the Meiji Dori/Omotesando crossing.

This will be a free topic meeting where you can come with any questions you have about doulas, your hospital, labour, childbirth in Japan and babies.

If you’d like to join, send me a quick email


Breathing for Birth – New Classes

I’m really excited to announce my new Breathing for Birth classes that I’ll be holding twice a month at My Body My Pilates studio in Minami Azabu!  The first class will be on Wed, Sept 13th!

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

Time:  10:30-11:30am

Place:  My Body My Pilates

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

Schedule for the next few months:

September:  13th, 27th

October:  11th, 25th

November:  8th, 22nd



Back from hols and next Doula Cafe

My family and I got back from the UK a few days ago and I was greeted immediately by a labour!  It was a very very fast one (around 2 hours) and the mum seems to be doing really well!

The next Doula Cafe will be on Monday, September 4th!  It will be at the Tokyu Plaza Starbucks (6th floor) in Harajuku, from 10:00-11:30am🙂  The Tokyu Plaza is on the Meiji Dori/Omotesando crossing.

If you are curious about what a doula does and how one can support you through your pregnancy and labour (and beyond), please come along!  I’ll be sharing my own birth experiences and what I learned from each of them, as well as new things I learned from helping clients.

I’m currently fully booked for births for the whole of October (always a very busy month for babies!).  I have limited availability for November and December, and am able to take on just 1 last-minute client for early-mid September.   Please contact me as soon as possible if you’d like birth doula support!

If you’d like to come to the Doula Cafe, please email me.  My address is here

Doula Cafe

The next Doula cafe will be on Friday, July 7th!  It will be at the Tokyu Plaza Starbucks (6th floor) in Harajuku, from 12:30-1:30 – a lunchtime gathering 🙂  The Tokyu Plaza is on the Meiji Dori/Omotesando crossing.

We will talk about life after baby is born, and different support options available!

This will be the last Doula Cafe before September as I’ll be away after that for the summer.

If you’d like to come to the Doula Cafe, please email me.  My address is here

Looking forward to seeing those who come 🙂

Seijo Kinoshita Hospital

This week I had a birth at Seijo Kinoshita hospital in Setagaya ku,  very close to Seijogakuenmae station on the Odakyu line.

It was another new hospital for me, so I was looking forward finding out how they looked after the labour and birth.  The building itself is lovely.  It’s very modern and apparently has won some kind of architectural award.  Inside everything is very calming and quite plain – but really very nice, and there’s lot of green space, too.  I think a lot of thought went in to making it a relaxing environment.

The labour itself was quite straightforward.  Although the mother had to be induced (she was 41+4), it went smoothly – seaweed sticks followed by balloon to help dilation on day 1, then a prostaglandin drip on day 2.  The mother was going to have the Oxytocin (pitocin) drip on day 3 but the prostaglandin drip seemed to be enough to get things started and she had her baby within 6 hours of starting that.   She also wanted an epidural.  This was an integral part to her birth plan, and the hospital actually does epidurals (I believe anytime around the clock) which is not so common in Japan.  It was a “walking” epidural, though, so my client still had feeling – she just felt a lot more comfortable.

The midwives were lovely.  The were really attentive (in part because it was a quiet day for them) and hands-on with comfort measures.  They were also excited to have me there as a doula and I was made to feel very welcome.  2 of the midwives there could speak decent enough English (Mastuo san and Miyoshi san) and had a really gentle way with my client during her labour.   Kinoshita sensei could also speak decent English and was able to communicate well enough with my clients about everything.

During the actual delivery, my client was encouraged to push how she felt she wanted to. Although eventually they did get her to move on to her back (that’s basically the case with almost all hospitals here).  She really didn’t want an episiotomy and they were great with that (some hospitals here do them a lot, while others don’t).  They said “Ok, that’s fine.  We don’t think you’ll need one and we’ll do our best to make sure you don’t tear much”.  As it was, she only had a very small tear and just a couple of stitches.  I’m glad they respected her wishes on that encouraged her in a way to push that would let her perineum stretch gently.

I’d certainly be happy to recommend Seijo Kinoshita as a birthing hospital.

Recent Birth

I’ve just had a birth a few days ago at another new clinic to me – Oshio Women’s Clinic in Urayasu (Chiba)

It was a small clinic (a one-doctor place), so the care felt really personal. The doctor spoke some English and the midwives were all very nice.  They couldn’t speak English really but luckily my clients and I could speak enough Japanese so that it wasn’t a problem.

The LDR room itself was small but had some great things to use during labour – including squat bar, bean bag, birth ball, and hooks on the ceiling to hang rope from to use for squatting/pulling on.  The midwives moved the bed out of the room and put a mattress down on the floor to make moving about more easy.

The labour was very freestyle for the most part in that the mum could be free to do what she wanted.  While she was initially induced, when the induction medicine was turned off (as contractions hadn’t really started), her body went into natural labour by itself – which can sometimes happen!

Always interesting to be at a labour in a new place 🙂

Doula Cafe

The next Doula cafe will be on Thursday, June 1st!  It will be at the Tokyu Plaza Starbucks (6th floor) in Harajuku, from 10:00-11:30.  The Tokyu Plaza is on the Meiji Dori/Omotesando crossing.

We will talk about childbirth preparation – why it’s a good idea to do some childbirth preparation (a group or private class or course) before the arrival of your baby, at what stage of pregnancy a class is a good idea, and what class options in English are available to you in Tokyo!

Also, coming along is a great chance to find out what a birth doula does and how one can help you through your pregnancy and at your labour!  There is space for one more client in July.  My next availability isn’t until September, so please get in touch if you’d like birth support!

If you’d like to come to the Doula Cafe, please email me.  My address is here

Looking forward to seeing those who come 🙂