Aug 20, 2007

Transport & Accessibility in Tokyo

Subway & Train Accessibility:

Map showing conditions of accessibility to platform from street e.g. elevator access for strollers

Taxi Service: English Speaking 24h:

Nihon Kotsu Taxi

(for English speaking customers)

Tel: 03-5755-2336  (24 hours English Speaking operator only)

Register your name, phone number and most commonly used destinations (e.g. Sanno Hospital...etc.)

When you call from the registered phone number, they will recognize your name and registered destinations automatically, and will ask you where to pick up and drop off.

Mar 19, 2007

Nagoya Mothers' Group

Their package:

Japanese terms - labour and delivery

Source: Nagoya Mothers’ Group Website
General vocabulary
anemia: hinketsu
backache: senaka ga itai
bleeding: shukketsu
delivery: osan, bunben
indigestion: shoka furyo
infection: kansen
admission: nyu-in
midwife clinic: josan-in
midwife: josanpu
nurse: kangofu-san, naasu
obstetrics and gynecology: sanfujinka
swelling: hare
toxemia: ninshin chudokusho
uterus: shikyu
vagina: chitsu
vaginal discharge: taige, orimono

due date: bunben yoteibi
last menstrual period: saishu gekkei
morning sickness: tsuwari
pregnant: ninshin shiteiru
pregnant woman: ninpu

breech position: sakago
show (pink or bloody, jelly-like discharge): shirushi
labor pain: jintsu
rupture of membrane: hasui
cesarean section: teio sekkai
fetal monitor: taiji kanshi sochi
pain or discomfort: itami, itai desu
shaving: teimo
enema: kanchoo
injection: chusha
general anesthetic: zenshin masui
epidural: komakugai masui
spinal anesthetic: sekizui masui

delivery room: bunben shitsu
delivery table: bunben dai
episiotomy: ein sekkai
father attending birth: otto tachiai bunben
pillow: makura
placenta: taiban
umbilical cord: heso no o
vaginal delivery: keichitsu bunben
I want to push: Ikimitai
Push now: Ima ikinde.
Don't push: Ikimanaide.

Telephone Phrases
Hello, this is xxxx moshi moshi, xxxx desu
The labor begins: Jintsu ga hajimarimashita
It comes every 10 minutes and lasts 50 seconds: Ju (10) pun oki de, goju (50) byo tsuzukimasu
The water flows: hasui shimashita
How long does it take to come to a clinic: byoin made nanpun kakarimasu-ka?
20 minutes by taxi: takusi de niju (20) pun desu Postpartum
bowel movement: otsuuji, haiben
catheter: kuda, kateteru
constipation: bempi
diarrhea: geri
lochia, normal bleeding after delivery: oro
heavy bleeding or hemorrhage: shukketsu
laxative: kangezai, bempi yaku
perineum: einbu
rooming-in: boshi doshitsu
sanitary pads: napukin
stool: ben
urine: o-shosui
I want to go to the toilet: Toire ni ikitai
Please may I get up? Okitemo ii desu-ka?

The Baby
baby: akachan
birth certificate: shussei shoomeisho
jaundice: odan
meconium: taiben
May I see my baby? Akachan ni attemo ii desu-ka?
May I hold my baby? Akachan o daitemo ii desu-ka?
Please bring my baby: Akachan o tsurete kite kudasai.
nursery: shinseiji shitsu

breast: oppai, o-chichi
breastfeeding room: junyu shitstu
breast massage: o-chichi no massaji
breast milk: bonyu
breast pump: sakunyuki
colostrum: shonyu
formula: miruku
glucose water: budoto eki, tosui
nipples: chikubi
I want to breastfeed: O-chichi o agetai desu.
May I feed my baby? Akachan ni o-chichi o agetomo ii desu-ka?
My breasts are full: O-chichi ga hatte imasu.
My nipples are sore: Chikubi ga itai desu.

General Hospital Phrases
What are you doing? Nani o shitemasuka?
Who are you? Donata desu-ka?
Please call the doctor/nurse. Oisha-san/kangofu-san o yonde kudasai

Mar 11, 2007

Baby First Aid

First Aid Kit info:

Chocking guide:

Buy a "five minutes first aid guide" from the British Red Cross:

Buy First Aid Packs:
PediaPak First Aid Kit for Families with Children ( has it)
Johnson & Johnson First Aid Kit 1 kit ( has it)
The First Years/American Red Cross On-the-Go First Aid Kit ( has it)

First Aid for Babies & Children Fast
Guide to Your Child's Symptoms by the American Academy of Pediatrics:: The Official, Complete Home Reference, Birth Through Adolescence (Guide to Your Child's Symptoms)

To Do List for Before and After Baby

Before baby is born
Find out what Items you need in your Hospital Bag and get them ready
Find a Pediatrician
Finalize Maternity leave/Child care leave details
Find a daycare
Finalize doula details
Attend Prenatal & Breastfeeding classes
Set up the nursery
Purchase all necessities: diapers, formula if needed, breastfeeding help (like lansinoh cream) etc
Pick baby birth announcement (and do a email/address list of whom to send it to!)
Wash all baby clothes
Clean house
Start cooking in advance and freezing food!
Buy frozen food in advance/water/milk/juice
Finalize help schedule (friends, family, helper..)

After baby is born
Send out baby birth announcement
Enroll baby with health insurance
Send out thank you cards for gifts
Do the ward/embassy/visa paperwork

Mar 5, 2007

Breastfeeding Links

Getting Started:

Breastfeeding & Your Diet

Vitamin D Supplementation

Common Breastfeeding Problems:
Flat or Inverted Nipples
Latching Problems
Mastitis/Plugged Ducts
Nipple Confusion
Nursing Strike
Supply Problems

Herbs & Breastfeeding

Tandem/Twin Nursing


Attachment Parenting

Nursing in Public

Medications & Breastfeeding

Nursing your Special Needs Baby


Local Breastfeeding Links
There are two La Leche League groups in Tokyo, Tokyo Central in Shibuya (see below for details) and Tokyo West in Tachikawa.  La Leche League (LLL) offers information and support for all women interested in breastfeeding, with monthly discussion meetings and free phone and email help.  LLL Leaders are all volunteers.  Annual membership of 6,200 yen (with LLL's highly acclaimed book "The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding" included) is optional.

LLL Tokyo Central group has re-started its meetings. We hold regular continuing series of informal discussion meetings open to all women interested in breastfeeding. Babies and toddlers are always welcome.  We meet in a very spacious hall and toys are available.

Meeting Details

Location:                  Franciscan Chapel Center
Address:                  4-2-37 Roppongi, Minato-Ku, Tokyo 106-0032
Date:                                     Second Friday of the month
Time:                                     10 – 12 am
The Franciscan Chapel Centre is 5 min walk from Roppongi Station and Tokyo Midtown.
Please refer for directions to the Franciscan Chapel Website:
Meeting details can be also found on our facebook page:

For information about the other English speaking groups, please check:

Also, there is the breastfeeding and parenting workshop run by lactation consulatant Iona Mcnab once a month in Tokyo.  This workshop is for expectant couples, and covers all the practical aspects of getting breastfeeding started, and overcoming common challenges. Personal consultations are also possible.  Her website and link to her blog can be found at

The academy of breastfeeding medicine with pdf documents downloads available on cosleeping and breastfeeding, mastitis, human milk storage guidelines etc. sometimes in multiple languages.

Book on breastfeeding and medecine (drugs): Hale, T. 2004, Medications and Mother’s Milk. Available from to find a lactation consultant

From Abroad

Ask Baby

Ask Dr. Sears

American Academy of Pediatrics

Baby Bargains

Baby Centre

Babywearing resource

BBC on Pregnancy and Having a Baby

Berkeley Parents Network: Advice on Pregnancy and Childbirth

DONA (Doulas of North America) International

Dr. Spock


International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA)

Postpartum depression


Online shopping - international delivery

Last update May 2014

Vertbaudet(based in France)

Baby Central
Hong Kong based, but has a lot of recognisable brands and delivers most products to Japan

Blooming Marvellous (based in the UK)

Destination Maternity (based in the US)

Expat Express

The Gap - Maternity and Baby Gap (based in the US)

Maternity Mall (based in the US)

Mothercare (based in the UK)

Pottery Barn Kids (based in the US)

Babywearing Resources



Breasfeeding Resources
maternity/nursing bras/nursing wear (ships international)

to prevent milk leakage for online retailers

Hydrogel dressings (for nipple pain)
Ameda ComfortGels

Shopping in Japan

Akachan Honpo

Amazon Japan

Airbuggy or
1-16-1 Tomigaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0063. Phone : 03 5465 7580. Open 11am-8pm

Babies R Us/Toys R Us


Children’s Ikea

Motherways for the addresses of the shops in Tokyo

Tokyo Organic

Breastfeeding products
Blue Sky for Lansinoh cream for breastfeeding mothers

Medela pumps (small manual and electric, not the bigger models) and medela cream: babies r Us,

Slings, carriers
Maya slings, Blue Sky

Slings: Toys R Us Ikebukuro, Babies R Us (see above for addresses)
all in Japanese but the owner speaks English.

Slings: Hug-a-bub sling.
Be sure to mention if you're a TPG member when purchasing.

Maternity Clothes
Lindsey Sawada (TPG Speaker)
Contact Lindsey for maternity and nursing bras, without underwire, sizes from 32B up to 46G. Tel: 03-6279-2800; 090-5317-4121


Tokyo, Shibuya store saJ_{O2-32-3 (other shop addresses
Phone: 03-3796-1103, open from AM11F00`PM7F00

Muji (Shinjuku 3 Chome station)

Bennetton (ometesando station, exit 2)

Keio Department Store (Shinjuku station)

Babies R Us

Baby clothes

Petit bateau
Stella Jiyugaoka 1F, 1-26-4 Jiyugaoka, Meguro-ku. Tokyo. Phone : 03 5731 5730
Hillside Terrace B-2, 29-18 Sarugakucho, Shibuya-ku. Tokyo. Phone: 03 5784 3570
Lamia Building 5-1-3, Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku. Tokyo. Phone : 03 5468 2471
2-25-7, Kitazawa Setagaya-ku. Tokyo. Phone : 03 5790 5464
*new location - Omotesando, beside Burberry, across from Omotesando Hills

Du Pareil au Même :
Yasuda Life Insurance Building IF, 2-9-12 Jiyugaoka Meguro-Ku, Tokyo-Jiyugaoka.
Phone : 03 5726 3201

Jennifer Friese, Noko Clothes

Familiar baby clothes
Hiroo station exit 1, cross the street and go down 50-80 m to find the familiar shop.

Baby Gap for the store locations (shibuya, ometesando –usually with the normal Gap stores)

Baby shoes
tel 03 5976 6436

Lindsey Sawada (TPG Speaker)
Baby shoes from England.
Tel: 03-6279-2800; 090-5317-4121

Kiddy land
Open 10am-6pm daily. 6-1-9 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku. Tel: 03-3409-3431. Nearest stn: Meijijingumae, exit 4

Hakuhinkan Toy Park
Open 11am-8pm daily. 8-8-11 Ginza, Chuo-ku. Tel: 03-3571-8008. Nearest stn: Shinbashi, across from Ginza 9.

Toys R Us

Bookstore with kid books in English: fiona bookstore
Open 11am-8pm daily. 5-41-5 Okusawa, Setagaya-ku. Nearest stn: Jiyugaoka, towards Den-en-Chofu. Tel: 03-3721-8186.

Yuzawaya: hobby store
Craft-supply complex with more than ten multistory outlets selling art, needlework, hobby supplies, stationery and knickknacks. Myriad displays of everything from paper, brushes, beads and fabric to noren panels and silk flowers-the list is never-ending-are sure to get your offspring's gray matter churning with activity.
Open 10am-7pm daily. 8-23-5 Nishi-Kamata, Ota-ku. Tel: 3738-4141 or 3734-0010. Nearest stn: Kamata, south exit. JR Keihin Tohoku, Tokyu Meguro or Ikegami lines.

Disney store
Open 11am-8pm daily. 20-15 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku. Tel: 03-3461-3932. Nearest stn: Shibuya. Also Kita Senju stn, Odaiba Aqua City Mall, Ikebukuro Sunshine Alpa, Ikebukuro Seibu.

Akachan Honpo
5F T.O.C. Bldg, 7-22-17 Nishi Gotanda, Shinagawa-ku. Nearest stn: Osaki-hirokoji, Ikegami line, or Gotanda, on Sakurada street. Tel: 03-3779-0365. Also Kinshicho, Itabashi, Odaiba.

addresses in tokyo:

Shopping for Baby in Kinshicho, Tokyo:

Babies R Us store in 'Central' Tokyo
Delivery available for Y550 per box (East side of Tokyo only).
5 mins walk from Kinshicho Metro station on the Hanzomon line (Z13), in North Eastern Tokyo.
It's in a shopping centre that opened in April 2006
From Kinshicho station on the Hanzomon line:
Take exit 4
Walk up the main road past the park, towards the 2 tall towers
From Kinshicho JR station on the Chuo Sobu line:
Take the north exit
Turn right until you find the main road
Turn left, cross the street & walk up towards the 2 tall towers
Olinas is on your right after about 2 blocks
Babies R Us is on the 3rd floor at the back.

The AkachanHonpo store in Kinshicho is located at the north exit from the JR Station.
If you turn directly left as you exit the station you can see a department store (Queen's Isetan) Akachanhonpo is on the 5th Floor.

Also at the South Exit of Kinshiho Station is a large Marui Store (OIOI)
This has a whole floor designated to baby goods - clothes mainly.

N.B. If you use the Oedo Line from Roppongi and change to the Hanzomon Line at Kiyosumi Shirakawa, there are lifts at the stations

What to Buy for Home

□ Bath and stand
□ Bath support
□ Nappy Bucket
□ Rubbish Bin
□ Change mat/pad
□ Cloth/Disposable nappies
□ Cotton Buds/balls
□ Baby shampoo
□ Baby oil
□ Baby powder
□ Wipes
□ Nappy rash cream
□ Hooded towels
□ Bath towels
□ Face washer/wash mitt
□ Baby laundry detergent

□ Pram/stroller/pushchair
□ Pram blanket
□ Storm cover
□ Sun umbrella/cover
□ Carrier or pouch
□ Port a cot
□ Car Seat – capsule
□ Car Seat – upright
□ Capsule liner/hood
□ Head Support
□ Sun Shade
□ Mosquito net
□ Rocker/bouncer
□ Insulated bottle carrier
□ Diaper bag

□ Nipple shields
□ Nipple cream
□ Nursing pads
□ Sanitary napkins
□ Massage oils
□ Maternity/Nursing bras
□ Nightgown
□ Reference books, magazines

□ Breast Pump
□ Bottles
□ Teats
□ Formula
□ Bottle/teat brush
□ Pacifiers
□ Sterilizing equipment
□ Plate/cutlery set
□ Training cup
□ High Chair
□ Bibs

□ Bassinet/cradle/Moses basket
□ Mattress
□ Quilt set for bassinet/cot
□ Sheet sets
□ Cot/crib blanket
□ Mattress protector

□ Singlet
□ One piece suits/Bodysuits
□ Socks
□ Bonnet, mittens

□ Brush/comb set
□ Nail Scissors
□ Teething gel/ring
□ Thermometer
□ Medicine dropper
□ Sunscreen
□ Antiseptic
□ Baby Monitor

□ Musical mobile
□ Play mat/gym
□ Lamp/night light

□ Change table, storage boxes
□ Cot/crib
□ Chest of drawers, wardrobe

Mar 1, 2007

Calling an Ambulance

The national number for ambulance services is 119. To ask someone to call an ambulance ("Kyukusha kudasai!"). It is advised to give the request and directions in Japanese. However, operators should understand basic English (don't use full sentences). You will be asked:

Sho bo cho. Kaji desu ka? Kyu kyu desu ka? (Fire department or ambulance)
Kyu kyu desu. (I require an ambulance)
Do shimashita ka? (What is the matter?)
Shusan desu ga, hayaku kite kudasai. (I am in labour, please come quickly).
Nani-ku, nani machi, nan-ban desu ka? (What is your address?)
Jusho wa _________ku, __________cho, __________chome. (My address is….)
Chikaku no mokuhyo wa? (Is there a well known landmark nearby?)
________ no chikaku desu (______ is near by)
Namae wa? (What is your name?)
Denwa bango wa? (What is your phone number?)

What to Bring to the Hospital

(Sample Checklist)

For Labor
_______ Birth Plan
_______ Bathrobe (if hospital or birth center does not supply one or you want your own)
_______ Slippers
_______ PJ's or old T-shirt to give birth in
_______ Socks
_______ Tennis Ball or rolling pin (for back labour massage)
_______ Massage Oils or lotions
_______ Hair band
_______ Lip Moisturizer
_______ Cooling facial spray
_______ Snacks and drinks
_______ Watch with a second hand to time contractions
_______ Camera and/or video camera
_______ Relaxation materials; books, magazines, card games or music
_______ Pictures of someone or something you love (the inspiration you may need to see you through to the end.)

For Coach
_______ Toiletries
_______ Change of clothes
_______ Snacks

_______ Going home outfit
_______ Nursing Bras
_______ Breast Pads
_______ Sanitary napkins
_______ Lots of underwear
_______ Nightgown (front-opening, cotton)
_______ Toiletries
_______ Ear plugs and eye-shade
_______ Address book, plus lots of change/prepaid cards for all the phone calls you will need to make.

For Baby
_______ Infant car seat
_______ Outfit for the trip home (one-piece stretchy outfits are easiest)
_______ Receiving blanket (a heavy one if weather is cold, otherwise Muslin or cotton)
_______ Diapers (if you are using cloth, include your own diaper pins)
_______ Baby Wipes
_______ Baby Nail clippers
_______ One pair of socks or booties
_______ Cap
_______ Bunting or snowsuit for winter

Birth Plan

These are indications/examples only.. feel free to do your own, or none at all..

□ Private Birthing Room
□ Dim Lights
□ Peace and Quiet
□ Bring our own Music
□ Wear my own clothes
□ Private Phone
□ We would like to video labor and birth.
□ We would like to take pictures during labor and birth.
□ No unnecessary exams or visits by students, residents, etc.
□ Minimal vaginal exams

Procedures and Labor:
□ Free to walk around, go to the bathroom throughout labor.
□ Freedom to move in bed only (up to the bathroom)
□ Mobility not important (catheter, used with regular epidural)
□ I would prefer to avoid an enema and/or shaving of pubic hair.
□ I would like to be able to eat & drink whatever I want.
□ I would like to be free to drink clear fluids.
□ I would like Ice Chips available to me at all times.
□ I do not want an IV unless I become dehydrated.
□ I would like to choose my positions for pushing and giving birth:
□ Semi-reclining
□ Side-lying position
□ Squatting
□ Hands and knees
□ Whatever feels right at the time
□ As long as my baby and I are doing fine, I'd like the pushing stage to be allowed to progress free of stringent time limits

□ I do not wish to have continuous fetal monitoring unless it is required by the condition of the baby.
□ I do not want an internal monitor unless the baby has shown some sign of distress.
□ I prefer fetal monitoring.

In the event that I require or have chosen fetal monitoring, my preference is:
□ Fetoscopy
□ Doppler ultrasound
□ External Electronic Monitor
□ Internal Electronic Monitor

Pain Relief Options:
□ I plan to give birth naturally without medication and will be coping with pain using the following techniques:
□ Bradley Method
□ Lamaze
□ Water (Shower or tub)
□ The Alexander Technique
□ Massage
□ Acupressure
□ Doula
□ Other, Please state:___________________
□ I am attempting a natural childbirth but if I ask for pain medication I'd like to use:
□ Stadol
□ Nubain
□ Demerol
□ Walking Epidural (low dose)
□ Epidural block
□ Please administer pain medication as soon as possible.
□ Stadol
□ Nubain
□ Demerol
□ Walking Epidural (low dose)
□ Epidural block

□ I do not wish to have the amniotic membrane ruptured artificially unless their are signs of fetal distress.
□ If labor is not progressing, I would like to have the amniotic membrane ruptured before other methods are used to augment labor.
□ I would prefer to be allowed to try changing position and other natural methods before medical methods or medications are used.

If you choose to be induced or it becomes medically necessary please state your preferences:
□ Pitocin ®
□ Prostaglandin gel
□ Amniotomy

Complications & Cesareans
□ Unless absolutely necessary, I would like to avoid a Cesarean.
□ If my primary caregiver recommends a cesarean birth I would like a second opinion if time warrants.
□ If my primary physician recommends a Cesarean. I accept and will cooperate with the procedure at any time.

Normal Childbirth (vaginal delivery)
□ I would like a mirror available so I can see the baby's head when it crowns.
□ I would like to have the baby placed on my stomach/chest immediately after delivery.
□ I would like to try to deliver in a hands-and-knees position.
□ Please dim the lights for the birth
□ I would appreciate having the room as quiet as possible when the baby is born.
□ To hold my baby right away, putting off any procedures that aren't urgent
□ To breastfeed as soon as possible

□ I want an injection of pitocin after the delivery to aid in expelling the placenta.
□ I do not want a injection of pitocin after the delivery to aid in expelling the placenta.
□ I would like to see the placenta after it is delivered.

□ Prefer No Episiotomy (Massage, compresses, positioning, etc.) (Select this one if you would prefer no episiotomy but not to the point of tearing.)
□ Prefer to Tear (Massage, compresses, positioning, etc.) (Select this option if you would prefer to tear than have an episiotomy.)
□ Episiotomy
□ Pressure Episiotomy (Done without anesthesia, although you cannot feel it due to the pressure from the baby's head.)
□ Local Anesthesia (for repair)

Cesarean Delivery
□ Spinal/epidural anesthesia
□ General anesthesia
□ I would like my partner or coach present
□ I would like my partner to be able to take Video/Pictures
□ Screen lowered to view birth
□ Touch the baby as soon as possible
□ Partner to cut cord
□ Other (Please specify):

Baby Care
Umbilical Cord:
□ Partner would like to cut cord
□ I would like to cut the cord
□ Neither of us wishes to cut the cord
□ Don’t’cut the cord before it stops pulsating

Eye Care:
□ None
□ Delayed for bonding time
□ Immediate

Feeding Baby:
□ Breast feeding only
□ Bottle feeding only
□ Combination
□ No pacifiers or glucose water (This would be to avoid nipple confusion.)

□ No separation. Baby/ Mother rooming in.
□ Delayed (after recovery period)
□ Partial Rooming-In (Baby with mother during day, but not night.)
□ Nursery (baby brought to you on your schedule.)

□ In the Hospital
□ Parents Present
□ Use anesthesia (Depends on the practitioner)
□ None (Check here if you do not intend to have the baby circumcised, or if you do not intend to have him circumcised at the birth place.)
□ Do not retract the foreskin

Sick Infant:
□ Breast feeding as possible
□ Unlimited visitation for parents
□ Handling the baby (holding, care of, etc.)
□ If baby is transported to another facility, move us as soon as possible

Feb 28, 2007

Registration Procedure

When you find out that you are pregnant, obtain a notification of pregnancy form, which is available at your local ward office/city hall. Record your name, address and the name of you hospital on the form. You will receive a Maternal and Child Health Handbook and the Mother and Child Health Bag. The Maternal and Child Health Handbook is needed for routine pregnancy health checkups. Please keep the Handbook as it can be used to certify your child’s vaccination record. The Mother and Child Health Bag contains two application forms enabling you to receive free pregnancy health checkups, as well as information on Pregnancy classes, information of health consultations for new mothers, and a birth registration form.

When your child is born, you must report the birth to the city office of the area where you reside. Ask your doctor for the certificate of live birth and submit the Birth Notification Certificate to the Registration Subsection, Resident Registration Section within 14 days of birth. City hall will issue you a certificate of registration for birth notification (Shussei Todoke Kisai Jiko Shomeisho).

The local municipal office where the birth occurred or the municipal office where the notifying person maintains his/her current residency.

Mother or Father

Notification of birth (attached certificate of birth must bear the signature of the attending physician), both parents’ passports and alien registration cards, and the Mother and Child Health Handbook.

For babies born in Japan, if one parent is a Japanese national, the child automatically becomes a Japanese nationality. For other babies their nationality will be determined in accordance with the law of their parents countries.

Bring the certificate of birth notification to the Foreign Resident Registration Subsection, Resident Registration section for foreign resident registration within 60 days of birth.

Apply at your embassy in Japan.

Apply at the Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau within 30 days of birth.

Bring your baby’s passport and foreign resident registration card within 14 days of acquiring status of residence and period of stay to the Foreign Resident Registration Subsection, Resident Registration Section.

Please refer to your local ward office for more information.

Fun with Your Baby

Azabu Music Together (Priscilla Carmichael, TPG Speaker)
Music education for mixed ages, newborn through 4 years, with parent or caregiver. Siblings may attend together.

Music Together Classes In Meguro & Shimokitazawa
Denise Kobayashi-Seitz
Our classes offer a research based music program, parents & caregivers involvement and of course a lot of FUN!

Tokyo Baby Yoga
Certified instructor Sharee Hosoi offers Itsy Bitsy Yoga program for parents and babies.
Tel: 03-5499-2043, 090-3814-3538

Little Namaste Kids Yoga

National Children’s Castle/Kodomono Shiro

Little Angels/Blue Sky
Little Angels is a casual group for mothers with little babies up to about age one who are not yet walking.
Reservations open by email or phone 2 weeks before the session date. Cancellations by 5pm of the day preceding the session please so someone can take your place!
For older babies(from 1 to 3yrs of age):

Tumble Tots Japan
The aim of Tumble Tots is to develop children's physical abilities, co-ordination, balance and language skills (English) through using original equipment and music. Each lesson is lead by professionally trained instructors who conduct the sessions in English. Each lesson is 45 minutes long and the groups are separated by children's age.

Gymboree (TPG Speaker)
Offers classes from newborn to 5 year olds. Example: baby signs, play, music.
Philosophy: stretch a child's rapidly developing mind and body and you begin to prepare him or her for life.

K Space: Baby and Toddler Play Gym, Music and Movement Classes
Juliet Rogove, Owner/Principal (TPG Speaker)
- FOR babies and toddlers 0 to 4 years old.
- FOR mothers looking for opportunities to meet new friends in 'the big city'
- FOR Working Mothers, seeking a play centre, where they can be assured that their child will learn and develop, whilst their carer has fun too!
- FOR Dads to come and enjoy parent-child interactive classes on weekends.
- TSPACE for pre-school/play groups, and crèche facilities
Address: 5-3-18 Shirokanedai, Minato-Ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03-5421-4186, 03-3446-3478
Email :
Website :

English Lessons
English Studio: (Mita, Meguro, Setagaya)
Global Kids Academy:

Kay Akahane NY State Licensed Massage Therapist "Essence K" - Baby Massage Class in Japanese
Phone: 090-9959-2639

Mama's Club Theatre - Roppongi Hills
Every Thursday at the Roppongi Hills Toho Theater is Mama's Club Theatre where mothers are allowed to bring their babies to view certain movies. Ticket price is 1,800 yen.
Phone: 03-5775-6090

Psychological Counseling

Tokyo English Life Line (TELL)
Services include free phone counseling and information, crisis counseling, professional face-to-face counseling, and educational workshops.
Tel: 03-5774-0992 (free phone counseling); 03-3498-0261 or 03-3498-0285 (to make appointments for face-to-face counseling)

Maggie Yamasaki, MSW
Also highly recommends two therapists who are currently using her office: Chie Okuda, PhD, and Jim McRae, PhD.
Tel: 03-3406-3239

Aromatherapy, Massage, Reflexology

Updated September 20, 2012
Eve School of Aromatherapy (Eve Howards, TPG Speaker)
Eve Howard, internationally fully qualified British consultant holistic aromatherapist, offers courses in English on the home use of pure essential oils. Imported British aromatherapy products and books in English are available from the school. In addition, a full-body massage course is available to small groups along with private consultations and treatments with by special arrangement only.
4-13 Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0004
Tel: 03-3225-6376

Neuromuscular Therapy/Deep Tissue Massage (Hiroko Yanagida, TPG Speaker)
Hiroko can provide prenatal massage from her premises in Roppongi as well as make hospital visits after birth.
Tel: 03-3584-7670

Kay Akahane "essence k" - Pre & Post-Natal Massage, NY State Licensed Massage Therapist
Phone: 090-9959-2639
Testimonial from TPG member, Rachel:
I had a fabulous experience with a prenatal massage last night in Azabu-Juuban and thought I would pass along my recommendation to the group. I wish I hadn't waited till my 36th week of pregnancy to start seeing her, but she does all kinds of massage so maybe I'll keep seeing her after delivery too.  The business is run from a small but very professional converted apartment 4 minutes walk from Azabu-Juuban station by a Japanese woman with fluent English named Kay. I was even more impressed after the massage when I assumed I would just pay and leave, but she wanted to spend another 10 minutes explaining which of my muscles were tight or weak and what exercises I could do to strengthen them both for my comfort and to help with delivery.

Fitness and Nutrition

Tokyo Yoga Circle (Rajay Mahtani, TPG Speaker) - Roppongi
For further information on Prenatal yoga classescontact Rajay Mahtani:
Tel: 03-3586-7848

Shizen Yoga Studio (Dana Levy, TPG Speaker)
This yoga studio located in Kichijoji offers pre- and postnatal yoga classes. For more information contact Dominica Serigano:
Tel: 090-3814-4488.

Tokyo Physio (Vanessa Colless, TPG Speaker)
Tokyo Physio holds pre- and postnatal classes at K Space in Shirokane/Meguro. Prenatal classes consist of an aerobic workout, specific strengthening and toning exercises and an educational session covering a different topic each week. Postnatal class focuses on restoring the body to its pre-pregnant state through specific exercises which strengthen, tone and stabilize the body. For more information contact Vanessa Colless:
Tel: 03-3443-6769

Furla Yoga Studio
The studio located near the Omotesando metro station offers both pre- and postnatal yoga classes.

Sun and Moon Yoga Studio
The studio located in Meguro, one minute from JR Meguro Station offers
prenatal classes from 14 weeks to delivery. For more information
contact Leza Lewitz, Tel. (03)3280-6383- or (080)3778-0771

Dietary Counseling
Tomomi Serizawa, certified dietitian, offers dietary counseling for weight control in pregnancy and after delivery, food allergies, diabetes, obesity, and can educate you about Japanese food.
1-1-3 Sengoku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-0011
Tel: 03-3944-6321 or 090-4825-0048

Nutrition Consultant
Samira Zarghami is a Registered Dietitian (Canada and USA) - with a focus on prenatal and postnatal nutrition. Samira offers a prenatal workshop and private consultation services.
Tel: 080-3008-3430

Alternative Therapy: Physio, Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Hypnotherapy


ACURA Acupuncture Clinic: Taiken Jo, (TPG Speaker)
Provides holistic, non-invasive acupuncture treatment including pre and post natal sessions. Facilitation for easy birth, breech, girdle pain, postpartum depression & mastitis are just some of the symptoms acupuncture can help alleviate.
For more information contact Dr Taiken Jo:
Tel: 03-5469-0810

Shirokanedai Sugeta Acupuncture Clinic: Yuko Sugeta
Licensed acupuncturist, offers pre-natal treatments.
Address: Daigo-Matsushima Bldg. 101, 3-17-2 Shirokanedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0071 Tel: 03-3447-4189


Suto Healing Center: Dr. Kazuhiko Suto (TPG Speaker)
English speaking Chiropractor, specializes in pre- and postnatal care. Prevention of lower back pain & facilitation of birth.
Tel: 03-3402-1654


Tokyo Physio: Vanessa Colless (TPG Speaker)
Tokyo Physio provides pre- and post-natal exercise classes, which include educational sessions on different topics such as body care and pain relief. Tokyo Physio also offers breathing classes, rents out TENS machines and works on private physiotherapy related problems such as back pain and sacroiliac joint problems. For more information contact Vanessa Colless:
Tel: 03-3443-6769

Oriental Medicine

KOSAI Oriental Healthcare Center
The Center offers treatments for morning sickness, mastitis, breech baby as well as allergy (including for small children) and a range of other problems. Home visits possible. See the English website below for more details.
Tel: 03-3445-0887

Dr Yamane (speaks English)
Address:#801 Shinichi Bldg. 2-8 YotsuyaShinjuku-ku Tokyo 160-0004


Tokyo Hypnotherapy: Karen Mattison (TPG Speaker)
Clinical Hypnotherapist, Karen Mattison has recently opened a practice in Tokyo. She specializes in accelerated healing and pain management.
Hypnosis during childbirth is growing in popularity as an alternative to pain medication or natural birth with pain. Hypnosis can be used to anesthetize the body without medication and at no risk to your baby. Hypnotherapy can be used to overcome fears common among women having their first babies.
Phone: 090-6195-0501

Breastfeeding and Newborn Baby Care

Tokyo New Mothers Group
Established in 2006, this group gives new mothers an opportunity to get together and share their experiences.

La Leche League International (TPG Speaker)
La Leche League is a volunteer network set up to help mothers to breastfeed successfully. LLL Tokyo Central holds a regular continuing series of informal discussion meetings open to all women interested in breastfeeding. Babies and toddlers are always welcome. Meeting time: the second Friday of the month in Shibuya. Toddler meetings, designed to address the unique needs of mothers who are nursing toddlers, are held on the fourth Tuesday of the month. 90 + book library available to members. Pregnant women are welcome to attend the meetings!
Membership in LLL Japan is \6,200. For more information please contact:
Carla – Tel: 03-3998-4975; E-mail:
Iona- Tel/Fax: 03-3425-2534; E-mail:
Kathryn – Tel/Fax: 03-5449-4020; E-mail:

Blue Sky Breastfeeding & Newborn Baby Care (Iona Macnab, TPG Speaker)
Blue Sky offers the only breastfeeding and newborn baby care classes for expectant couples taught by an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in English in Japan. Topics covered include getting off to a good start with breastfeeding, avoiding problems, night-time parenting, dads & breast feeding, bathing, changing and comforting baby; renting high-quality breast pumps in Tokyo.
Tel: 03-3425-2534

Baby Massage Center
Baby Massage Classes in Tokyo with small and relaxed classroom atmosphere or one-to-one private lessons by professional instructors.

General Practitioners

Tokyo Medical and Surgical Clinic
32 Mori Building, 2F, 3-4-30 Shiba Koen, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0011
Tel: 03-3436-3028

National Medical Clinic
#502, 4-5-2 Minami Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0047
Tel: 03-3473-2057

Tokyo British Clinic
Daikanyama Y Bldg. 2F, 2-13-7 Ebisu-Nishi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0021
Tel: 03-5458-6099

International Clinic
1-5-9 Azabudai, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0041
Tel: 03-3582-2646 or 03-3583-7831


Makiko Wada
speaks English, French and Japanese.
or :

Hospitals and Birthing Clinics

Aiiku Hospital
5-6-8 Minami Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0047
Tel: 03-3473-8321

Japanese Red Cross Medical Center (Nisseki)
4-1-22 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0012
Tel: 03-3400-1311

Jikei University Hospital
3-25-8 Nishi Shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0003
Tel: 03-3433-1111

Sanno Hospital
8-10-16 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052
Tel: 03-3402-2187 (operators speak English)

Seibo International Catholic Hospital
2-5-1 Nakaochiai, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 161-8521
Tel: 03-3951-1111

St. Luke’s International Hospital
9-1 Akashi-cho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-8560
Tel: 03-3541-5151

Aqua Birth House
Head Midwife: Setsuko Yamada
4-16-21 Sakuragaoka, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 156-0054
Tel: 03-3427-1314
(directions in English)

Matsugaoka Birth Center
Head Midwife: Shoko So
10-13 Matsugaoka 1-chome, Nakano-ku, Tokyo 165-0024
Phone/Fax: 03-5343-6071

Yachiyo Midwifery clinic
(at iidabashi station –moving to Gokokuji station in 2008)
Ms. Inukai speaks fluent English


Dr. Karl Che (TPG Speaker)
National Medical Clinic
#202, 5-16-11 Minami Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0047
Tel: 03-3473-2057 or 03-5420-5866

Dr. Norie Endo
2-24-13-305 Kamioosaki, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 141-0021
Tel: 03-3492-6422

Dr. Kawashima
1-39-1 Tomigaya
Tel: 03-3467-7831

Dr. Michiko Suwa
Nikko Royal Palace 103, 16-4-5 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0012
Tel: 03-3444-7070

Dr Gabriel Symonds, Tokyo British Clinic (TPG Speaker)
Daikanyama Y Bldg. 2F, 2-13-7 Ebisu-Nishi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0021
Tel: 03-5458-6099

Feb 26, 2007

Labor Support

Ann Tanaka, RN (TPG Speaker)
Independent Doula/Birthing Assistant. Home visits possible.
Tel: 03-3482-0728

Brett Iimura, ICCE (TPG Speaker)
Independent Doula/Interpreter
Tel/Fax: 03-3414-7458

Tokyo Hypnotherapy: Karen Mattison (TPG Speaker)
Karen Mattison specializes in accelerated healing and pain management.
Hypnosis can be used to anesthetize the body without medication and at no risk to your baby. Hypnotherapy can be used to overcome fears common among women having their first babies.
Phone: 090-6195-0501

Childbirth education

BEST — Birth Education Services in Tokyo (Ann Tanaka, TPG Speaker)
Early pregnancy, birth planning and birth preparation for couples. Courses are held at the Tokyo American Club but not restricted to TAC members. For more information contact Ann Tanaka, RN:
Tel/Fax: 03-3482-0728

Childbirth Education Center (Brett Iimura, ICCE TPG Speaker)
CEC provides the only ICEA Certfied Childbirth Educator in Japan offering classes and counseling for expectant parents. CEC's classes include “Birthing Your Baby – Preparation for Labor,” “Birth Refresher Class,” “Choosing a Caregiver,” “Baby Basics for New Parents.” For more information contact Ms. Brett Iimura, ICCE.
Tel/Fax: 03-3414-7458

Free Prenatal Classes in Shibuya
Several times a year the Shibuya Public Health Center offers classes in English for pregnant women, who are residents of Shibuya-ku, on pregnancy, childbirth, and newborn baby care.
Tel: 03-3463-1211 (ext. 2489, 2490)


Last update April 2014

Dr. Claudine Bliah
Tokyo Medical and Surgical Clinic and Aiiku Hospital. French gynecologist, does not deliver babies. She sees pregnant patients without complications, deliveries with Dr Sakamoto or OB-GYNs of the hospital you chose. Fluent in English, French and Japanese.
Fees: Regular consultation 7,000 yen for the visit. Prenatal check-up tests extra.
Tel: 03-3436-3028

Dr. Sayoko MakabeKanda Second Clinic
Umeda Bldg. 2F, 3-20-14 Nishi-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03-3402-0654 or 03-3402-8062

Dr. MiyazakiMaeda Hospital, 8F, 1-1-5 Akasaka-Mitsuke
Fluent in English, with English speaking nurses. Specializes in amnio testing and complicated pregnancies. Anesthesiologist available to administer an epidural and can deliver at other hospitals, (e.g., Aiiku). Accepts Japanese Health Insurance card.
Tel: 03-3478-6443

Dr. Aikou OkamotoExecutive Clinic. Delivers at Jikei Hospital Women’s and Children’s Centre.
Tel: 03-5405-1095

Dr. Yoko OshibaSanno Hospital, Head of the OBGYN Department. Fluent in English.
Tel: 03-3402-3151

Dr. Saito
St. Luke’s Hospital, Resident OBGYN. Fluent in English, hospital staff also speak English. Hospital does not take insurance; service is excellent.
Tel: 03-3541-5151

Dr. Hideki Sakamoto (TPG Speaker)
Tokyo Medical and Surgical Clinic. Delivers at Seibo, Sanno and Aiiku Hospitals.
Fluent in English and Spanish, trained in the United States. Renowned for epidural guarantee.
Tel: 03-3436-3028

Dr. Kinoshita
Seijo Kinoshita Hospital, Chair of OBGYN Department of Jutendo University Medical School. Speaks English well, as does his OBGYN son and daughter. Delivers at Seijo Kinoshita Hospital; hospital staff speak minimal English. Open-minded, flexible and willing to arrange an anesthesiologist for epidural.
Tel: 03-3482-1702

Dr. Tsuruga
Best english speaker in Aiku. Studied and worked in US until 2013. She is nice and good listener.
Prenatal check-up tests extra.
Tel: 03-3473-8321

Dr. Adachi
Aiiku Hospital, Head of OBGYN Department. She speaks a little English
Prenatal check-up tests extra.

Also at Aiiku Hospital.

Good Midwives at Aiiku:
Hioki-san, Adachi-san (good English), Shishido-san (good emotional support) and Obinata-san (good massage, English OK).

OB-GYNS at Sanno Hospital:

General Medical Information and Emergency Translation Services

Tokyo Metropolitan Medical Institution Information Center
This organization provides information about medical institutions with staff who speak foreign languages and information about the medical and health insurance systems in Japan.
Languages: English, Chinese, Korean, Thai, Spanish.
9:00 am – 8:00 pm (daily)
Tel: 03-5285-8181

AMDA International Medical Information Center
Provides telephone services to foreign residents in Japan in several languages, introduces medical facilities with staff who speak the patient's language and explain the health care system.
Languages: English, Chinese, Filipino, Spanish, Thai, Japanese, Portuguese, Korean.
Tel: 03-5285-8088

Emergency Medical Interpretation Service
Translation service through phone is also available for foreign patients visiting a hospital if their treatment is not going to be carried out smoothly because of language difficulty.
Languages: English, Chinese, Korean, Thai, Spanish.
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm (weekdays)
9:00 am – 10:00 pm (weekends/holidays)
Tel: 03-5285-8185