Doula Cafe

The next Doula cafe will be a lunch get-together on Thursday Feb 23rd!  It will be at the Tokyu Plaza Starbucks (6th floor) in Harajuku, from 12:00-1:30.  The Tokyu Plaza is on the Meiji Dori/Omotesando crossing.

We’ll talk about comfort measures during labour.

If you are due around May onwards and are considering using a doula for your birth, it’s a great chance to find out how one can support you (as a childbirth coach, guide, “mother”, motivator and encourager, advocate and so much more).  I currently have availability to take on 1 more client between May and July.  If you have never heard of what a doula is, come along to find out🙂

The Doula Cafe is a great time to come and just chat about all things related to pregnancy and birth here.  I love being surrounded by baby bumps and sharing and offering advice where I can!

If you’d like to come, let me know if you can.  My email address is here.  Simply turning up on the day is also fine, too🙂

Next Doula Cafe

The next Doula Cafe of 2017 will be Monday, February 6th, and it’s free to join!  It will be at the Tokyu Plaza Starbucks (6th floor) in Harajuku, from 10:30-12:00.  The Tokyu Plaza is on the Meiji Dori/Omotesando crossing.

We’ll talk about breathing for labour, and what are some breathing patterns that could help.

If you are due over the next few months and are considering using a doula for your birth, it’s a great chance to find out how one can support you (as a childbirth coach, guide, “mother”, motivator and encourager, advocate and so much more).  I currently have availability to take on 2 more clients between now and July.  If you have never heard of what a doula is, come along to find out🙂  If you are due in the next few weeks/months and want to be around other women to talk about birth and baby stuff – perfect!

If you’d like to come, let me know if you can.  My email address is here.  Simply turning up on the day is also fine, too🙂

2017 so far!

I’m really excited for 2017 as I already have 5 births lined up for the first half of the year!!  I still have some availability to take on 2 more clients up till mid July, so please get in touch as soon as possible if you are considering birth doula services.  As well as first-time parents, I’ll also be supporting women having VBACs and second-time vaginally-birthing mums 🙂

I’m also putting a call out to those who read – what topics about pregnancy and birth in Tokyo/Japan would you like me to cover in this blog?  Let me know here

 

 

 

First Doula Cafe of 2017!

Happy New Year!

The first Doula Cafe of 2017 will be tomorrow, Tuesday Jan 17th, and it’s free to join!  It will be at the Tokyu Plaza Starbucks (6th floor) in Harajuku, from 10:30-12:00.  The Tokyu Plaza is on the Meiji Dori/Omotesando crossing.

We’ll talk about labour – what are some signs, ways to manage labour, and what to expect in your hospital or birth clinic.

If you are due over the next few months and are considering using a doula for your birth, it’s a great chance to find out how one can support you (as a childbirth coach, guide, “mother”, motivator and encourager, advocate and so much more).  If you have never heard of what a doula is, come along to find out🙂  If you are due in the next few weeks/months and want to be around other women to talk about birth and baby stuff – perfect!

If you’d like to come, let me know if you can.  My email address is here.  Simply turning up on the day is also fine, too🙂

2016 Births!

I’m getting ready to go back to the UK for Christmas and the New Year with my children for 3 weeks, so this will be my last post of 2016 🙂

2016 has been such a wonderful year for me as a doula.  I’ve been a birth doula to 16 women and their partners this year and been to some different hospitals and birth clinics. Each experience has been very different, each experience is one that I still remember, and I hope that for all the women I supported (as well as their husbands/partners) that their experience was more enjoyable/bearable/rich/calming/ (choose your favourite adjective) because of me being there!  You can see a few testimonials from some clients here .  I should really ask everyone to write one when they have time – which is not always possible when you have a baby to care for 😉

I look forward to getting back to more doula support in 2017 once I’m back in January from my trip.   Stay tuned for my next Doula cafe dates in the new year, and please get in touch if you are considering doula support for your labour or post-partum!

Have a great Christmas and New Year!!!

Stephanie

 

 

Doula Cafe

The next Doula Cafe will be Tuesday Dec 6th and it’s free to join!  It will be at the Tokyu Plaza Starbucks (6th floor) in Harajuku, from 10:30-12:00.  The Tokyu Plaza is on the Meiji Dori/Omotesando crossing.

We’ll talk about breastfeeding, newborn care, and what to expect after baby is born.

If you are due next year and are considering using a doula for your birth, it’s a great chance to find out how one can support you.  If you have never heard of what a doula is, come along to find out🙂  If you are due in the next few weeks/months and want to be around other women to talk about birth and baby stuff – perfect!

If you’d like to come, let me know if you can.  My email address is here.  Simply turning up on the day is also fine, too🙂   I have a client who is due to give birth soon, so hopefully I won’t have to cancel due to her being in labour then!

 

 

VBAC Success

A week ago today, I was at my first VBAC (Vaginal Birth After C-section).  Dr Sakamoto was the doctor, so the birth itself was at Aiiku hospital.   The mother didn’t have the best experience with the C-section she needed to have with her first child (overall stress of the experience, reaction to medication, and the long recovery time afterwards), so she was very determined to at least be able to try for a VBAC with this pregnancy.

As it was my first VBAC, I was very “excited”to be asked by the mother to be her doula 🙂 Throughout her pregnancy, as is the case with all my clients, we had regular meetings where we discussed things related to her pregnancy, the labour, what had happened at hospital appointments and so on.  I really hoped that she’d be able to get her wish of trying for her VBAC and that nothing unexpected would come up to change things.  Dr Sakamoto was willing to let her try but was cautious about the chance of success (I think this goes with his character and his role as doctor and main care-provider).

The mum went into labour the day before her due date.  A c-section had been booked already for the next week if labour didn’t start naturally because in a VBAC situation inductions are not done.  She was very very glad her labour started naturally and I got to the hospital as contractions were very close together and pretty intense.  Without going in to the full details of her labour (as that is the mum’s story to tell), her sheer will and determination to have a successful VBAC were what got her through.  There was a time where it looked like a c-section was going to be needed as the labour wasn’t progressing…but then literally in less than an hour she was ready to push and her baby was born beautifully.  It was fantastic and I was so thrilled for her!

For anyone who is considering a VBAC, I’d love to hear from you!