Supporting Childbirth in a Faraway Land
For women, giving birth abroad can be a daunting prospect. Luckily, the Brazilian expectant mothers of Hamamatsu in Shizuoka Prefecture have an invaluable partner - fellow Brazilian Ludmilla Hirata. She's a doula, a profession still relatively unknown in Japan, who provides emotional support and advice to women before, during and even after childbirth. Join us to find out more. Later on, we also "shed light" on the work of French-born Jeff Rudge, who makes traditional Japanese paper lanterns in Ibaraki Prefecture.
Ludmilla and midwife Takahashi Miho guide a mother through childbirth
Ludmilla helps expectant mothers relax with massages
Ludmilla also teaches massage techniques to Japanese midwives
Because they come in all shapes and sizes, Jeff loves to craft paper lanterns