Pregnancy & Childbirth

Mom and Baby Friendly Hospitals, Maternity Clinics, and Birth Houses in the Tokyo Area

Caregivers in Japan can be quite conservative compared to other countries. When choosing a caregiver, it is important to do your research early in your pregnancy so you know their policies and what options are available to you (particularly surrounding pain relief) before it's too late to make a change. For more info about how… Continue reading Mom and Baby Friendly Hospitals, Maternity Clinics, and Birth Houses in the Tokyo Area

Pregnancy & Childbirth

Take a look inside Tokyo’s Aiiku Hospital!

When I first found out I was pregnant in Japan and going to be giving birth in Tokyo, it didn't take long for Aiiku Hospital to come up on my radar. For Tokyo moms wishing to give birth with an English speaking OB and at a hospital that guarantees access to an epidural, Aiiku is… Continue reading Take a look inside Tokyo’s Aiiku Hospital!

Pregnancy & Childbirth

Packing My Hospital Bag in Japan // SUGGESTIONS VS REALITY

So it's official, with a little under 6 weeks to go...I am finally packing my hospital bag!  So before I begin this post I just want to let you in on a little known secret about hospitals in Japan: you stay for a long time! I think the average length of stay in the US… Continue reading Packing My Hospital Bag in Japan // SUGGESTIONS VS REALITY

Pregnancy & Childbirth

Come With Me To My OB Appointment in Tokyo

So...you peed on the stick and it says you're pregnant...now what? I think for most women, their search starts with finding an obstetrician or midwife to look after them during pregnancy. In Japan, you have several options but definitely fewer than the US when it comes to caregivers. This is simply because of the language… Continue reading Come With Me To My OB Appointment in Tokyo