I offer a wide variety of services for pregnant women/couples, as well as post-partum support. Please take a look and see if anything is of interest or need to you!
Birth Doula Service (70,000yen)
Support and regular meet-ups during your pregnancy which include :
*Discussing and help with writing your birth plan
*Birth preparation (breathing, comfort measures,positions etc – for more comprehensive preparation please take my private class mentioned below)
*My continuous support during your labour and birth
*1 post-partum visit.
*Use of maternity TENS machine if requested during labour and access to my personal reference library of over 40 books on pregnancy, birth and beyond.
*Some Japanese language support can also be provided by me if necessary. After your birth, I will write up your baby’s birth story from my perspective as a keepsake for you.
*I work with Celia Hughes to provide doula services. She is my back up and I am hers.
Private Birth Preparation classes (18,000yen for 2 classes plus transportation)
Comprehensive, private classes for couples in their own homes who want to find out more about the birth process; how to prepare for labour; signs of labour; breathing, positions and comfort techniques; what to expect in Japan; once the baby is here; breastfeeding.
The classes can be split over 2 different days (approximately 2-3 hours each day), or combined into one 4-5 hour class depending on schedules.
The first class covers labour and birth, including what to expect in your hospital or clinic in Japan. The second class covers topics such as breastfeeding and what to expect (with baby and mother) after the baby is born.
Group Birth Preparation classes outside of the Tokyo/Kanto area (15,000yen per couple, minimum of 4 couples and maximum of 8, transportation costs included in the fees)
Group classes for English-speaking couples in other areas of Japan where Engish-speaking classes and support are not readily available. Content is based on the above for private classes but can also be tailored if necessary. This is a one-day class of approximately 5 hours with a break in the middle to be held at a location of the couples’ choosing.
Post-partum Home Visits and post-partum doula support (6,000yen for a 1 hour visit plus transportation, a 2-3 hours visit is 10,000yen plus transportation, full-day rate of approximately 6 hours is 17,000yen plus transportation)
*Breastfeeding support and advice
*General support with any questions or concerns
*Providing info on helpful resources available in Tokyo/Japan
*Looking after mum and assisting with hands-on baby care!
*If you need the help of a certified lactation consultant, please contact Celia Hughes*
Over-night Home Support (15,000 yen per night plus transportation)
For families who need help during the night with their baby. I will stay over-night with you and look after baby while you rest. Sometimes a good night’s sleep can do wonders for the parents.
*Please note that this isn’t for sleep-training a baby, rather another pair of hands to give the parents a chance to rest.
Personal birth-plan (birth wish list) consultation and help with writing (6,000 yen plus transportation)
For anyone who needs some help writing their hospital or clinic birth plans. A 1-2 hour meeting where we go over various topics related to labour and delivery and consider what the mother-to-be would like to include.
Accompanying to maternity hospital/clinic appointments (6,000 yen plus transportation)
For anyone who’d like someone to be with them during hospital/clinic appointments when the husband/partner is unavailable. Some Japanese language support can be provided.
Baby-care lessons for couples (7,000 yen plus transportation)
For couples wishing to find out and practice how to bath, diaper, clothe a newborn (appropriate to the season and temperature) as well as useful breastfeeding positions, and questions and answers about anything related to raising babies in Japan. All in the comfort of your own home. This is a 1.5 hour lesson. Group lessons can also be arranged.
Baby-care lessons for groups (2,000 yen per couple, or individual without partner)
Held at a location/home of your choosing. Content is as above. This is a 2 hour lesson. Minimum of 4 couples maximum of 6.
Tour of Akachan Honpo or Babies R Us near you (1,000 yen per attendee, minimum of 4 attendees)
For anyone who would like a comprehensive look around the most popular baby stores, with explanation of items, what is useful, English translation of Japanese products/instructions and more. A 1-hour tour.