Jul 31, 2014

NEXT TPG MEETING: August 7th, Thursday

Speaker: Sara, Japan Health Institute (JHI) Coordinator Medical Social Worker http://japanhealthinfo.com/

Topics: workshop about kindergarten and daycare information

Location:  Exact location is emailed to members

Time:        11:00-13:00

If you wish to attend, please contact us at tokyopregnancygroup@gmail.com

Jul 18, 2014

Survey for TPG Members - Healthcare in Japan

A previous TPG member is working on a team doing research to develop an electronic version of the boshi techo (Mother Child Health Handbook given to pregnant mothers at the ward office). They would like to understand foreign women's perspectives and experiences with health care in Japan.

If you could take a moment to fill in the survey about your health care experiences here, they would be very grateful. This will help them to ensure that they are able to capture the needs of foreign women when they design the materials. If you have questions, please feel free to email me (LPitarys@gmail.com).

Thank you!


Due to Kate personal reason, the meeting below is cancelled and will be rescheduled during august.
Sorry about inconvenience.

Speaker: Kate Neath, Mama and Baby Gourou in Japan!

Topics: Guided Tour of Mama and baby products in Akachan Honpo

Location:  Exact location is emailed to members

Time:        11:00-12:30

If you wish to attend, please contact us at tokyopregnancygroup@gmail.com

Jul 4, 2014

Article about postpartum depression

Postpartum depression affects 10 – 15% of mothers and is therefore not uncommon and certainly nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, the postpartum blues affects up to 80% of new mothers. The postpartum or baby blues are very normal and usually involve a feeling of irritability and disinterested. However, when this lasts for more than a few days to a week, it’s important to raise the issue with your doctor as it may be postpartum depression or postpartum major depression. This is when the normal baby blues develop into something more serious. You may become anxious, have trouble sleeping or – in extreme cases – be suffering from suicidal thoughts, in which case, you must seek help immediately.
Postpartum depression is thought to be caused by the changes in hormones and chemicals within the brain brought on my pregnancy and birth of your baby. However, this is one of many theories. Statistically, you’re more likely to suffer from postpartum depression if you’ve suffered from depression in the past, for example, during your pregnancy, or if depression runs in your family. Fortunately, it’s easily treatable with a combination of antidepressants and psychotherapy.

If you’re displaying the signs of postpartum depression, this article has more on the symptoms and possible treatments, as well as possible explanations for your condition.

Jul 2, 2014


Speaker: Laura Moffett, TPG member

Topics: Baby massage and how to bond with your baby

Location:  Exact location is emailed to members

Please contact us at tokyopregnancygroup@gmail.com if you wish to attend.