Birth Doula Service (70,000yen) – Support and regular meet-ups during your pregnancy, help writing your birth plan, birth preparation (breathing, comfort measures,positions etc), continuous support during your labour and birth, and 1-2 post-partum visits. 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. Basic Japanese language support can also be provided. After your birth, I will write up your baby’s birth story from my perspective as a keepsake for you. There is some flexibility with costs depending on individual family circumstances, so please feel free to contact me.
*I work with Celia Hughes to provide doula services. She is my back up and I am hers.
Private Birth Preparation classes (15,000yen for 2 classes plus transportation) – 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 first 2 hour class covers labour and birth, including what to expect in your hospital or clinic in Japan. The second 2 hour 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 (5,000yen for a 1 hour visit plus transportation, a 2-3 hours visit is 8,000yen plus transportation, full-day rate of approximately 6 hours is 15,000yen plus transportation) – breastfeeding support, general support with any questions or concerns, looking after mum and assisting with baby care!
*If you need the help of a certified lactation consultant, please contact Celia Hughes*
Personal birth-plan (birth wish list) consultation and help with writing (5,000 yen plus transportation) – For anyone who needs some help writing their hospital or clinic birth plans. A 1-2 hour meeting.
Accompanying to maternity hospital/clinic appointments (5,000 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.