Recent Birth Doula Experiences

I’ve had a really fun couple of weeks with births and private birth preparation classes!

On Wednesday, March 15th I supported a birth at Keiyu hospital in Minato Mirai (Yokohama) and then on Sunday, March 19th I was at a birth in Kosei hospital in Suginami ku (near Koenji).  They were, of course, 2 very different birth experiences and both went well for the mother, father and baby in each case.  They were also 2 new hospitals for me to attend.  Bringing my grand total of different hospitals I’ve been at now to 10 if my counting is correct, with over 20 birth doula clients!

Keiyu hospital had a more clinical feel to it with the LDR room (which was all one room for labour and delivery), although the doctor on call – Matsuo sensei – was able to speak quite good English.  The midwives were very attentive and this hospital offered the option of an epidural which was on my client’s birth plan.  There wasn’t much opportunity to be fully active and walk around too much as my client was on a monitor for most of the labour, even prior to the epidural.   I was able to explain what was happening when necessary, translate a little between the hospital staff and my client, and offer a lot of reassurance.

Kosei hospital was quieter and less hospital-like in the LDR area.  My client was able to labour in one room using things like a birth ball and active chair, as well as being free to walk around outside in the hallway.  They don’t offer an epidural at this hospital, so it was great for me to get really stuck in to supporting my client physically with positions and breathing.

If anyone would like a more detailed account of my experiences at either of these 2 hospitals, please let me know!

March Doula Cafe

The next Doula cafe will be on Tuesday, March 14th!  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 the benefits of various positions during the different stages of labour.

The Doula Cafe is a great time to come and just chat about all things related to pregnancy and birth in Japan.   I have space for 1 more client between mid-May and July (I’m fully booked up till then), so we can discuss more if you’d like birth doula support at your birth.

If you’d like to come, please email me.  My address is here.  Simply turning up on the day is also fine, too🙂  I have a birth client who is due around now, so I’ll let everyone who emails me know if I can’t make it (fingers crossed baby chooses another day to come!)!

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