I have been privileged to attended many births in Tokyo and you can read some testimonials from the women I’ve supported below 🙂
“I had very severe morning sickness, constantly vomiting and getting dehydrated, and it lasted till about a few weeks in my second trimester. While doing research about how to alleviate my morning sickness, I came across an article about hiring a doula. I never heard of a doula till then but after reading about it, I knew I wanted to hire one. I was hoping with doula support, I can overcome my trauma with pregnancy and have a better experience in my remaining 2nd and 3rd trimesters. Thank goodness Stephanie’s Tokyo Doula Support exists in Tokyo.
Stephanie has been tremendous in helping me overcome my trauma. We met for the first time when I was about 21 weeks pregnant and from that time, she has been nothing but very reassuring and comforting. She helped me build confidence that I can do this and reminded me how magical it is to deliver a baby to this world. We met a few times to get to know each other better and at every session, she thoroughly answered my incessant questions. My husband and I took her active birth workshop and we appreciated her remarkable breadth of knowledge about childbirth, breastfeeding, and what to expect after childbirth. It helped ease my fear of uncertainty. Stephanie demonstrated activities that help during labor and delivery, for example, breathing techniques, massages, birthing positions, etc.; my husband and I found this helpful and even applied it at the very time of labor and delivery.
Though it may not have felt like it at that time, I can honestly say that with Stephanie’s presence, my childbirth went smoothly. She was there for me from start to finish of my childbirth. She kept track of my contractions, encouraged and accompanied me to walk, go up and down the stairs, and squat, coached my husband what to do as a birthing partner, fed me water to stay hydrated, and gave me constant words of encouragement. My husband said that because of Stephanie, we were able to keep our composure and deliver our baby without an epidural. He even made a remark that Stephanie gave better advice than the nurses/midwives attending to me.
Dr. Sen and Stephanie respected my birth plan and enabled me to give birth as natural as it can be. Because I kept my eyes closed during the entire birthing in order to stay focused, pictures Stephanie took helped tell a story of my baby boy’s birth to the world. I honestly would not have been able to do this without Stephanie and Dr. Sen. My husband and I are very happy and grateful that we had Stephanie guide us throughout this journey. To this day, she continues to support me with motherhood and gives so much TLC when she visits my son.” – Kayleen
“Stephanie attended the birth of our third child (first one to be born in Japan) and she was a vital part of the team. Prior to delivery, she was available to answer questions about the different birthing options in Japan and provide examples from some of her experiences at different hospital settings. We chose a planned home-birth with midwives from Matsugaoka and together, I was able to have a happy and healthy birth. While the midwives did checks throughout labour and provided massage, Stephanie recommended different positions to labour in for comfort and to help move things along. Though she is not a translator, she did explain to my husband and I what was going on as the midwives spoke among themselves. She was also a positive voice when the day became long and I became tired. I highly recommend Stephanie as she was very professional and provided peace of mind throughout my pregnancy, labour and delivery.” – Sarah
“I cannot stress enough how important and helpful it was to have my doula Stephanie at my side throughout this experience. Her very presence calmed me and eased the rough spots, not to mention the many helpful suggestions and actions she offered and performed with me. If you are on the fence about hiring a doula, I cannot recommend it and Stephanie in particular! strongly enough. I am happy to talk to anyone about my experience if it’s helpful, so please let me know.”. – Raku