As a pregnant woman, how much time are you spending preparing for birth? Are you taking breathing classes? Touring your hospital? Packing a hospital bag? Reading books? What about for breastfeeding? If you're anything like me, you barely prepared at all! Before giving birth I knew I wanted to breastfeed, but I really had no… Continue reading What You Need to Know About Breastfeeding BEFORE Giving Birth
Congratulations! You're pregnant! But you're...in Japan. Now what? Bringing life into the world is intense enough, let alone doing it outside your home country. If you're anything like me, you turned to Google to help you find a caregiver and you probably got the same result as I did...Aiiku Clinic and Dr. Sakamoto! Although this… Continue reading Choosing a Maternity Caregiver in Japan
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
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!
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