Birth & Midwifery in Japan
Resources for parents and practitioners
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Brett Iimura has lived in Tokyo, Japan, since 1993. She is American, married to a Japanese, with two children homebirthed in Tokyo. She has been teaching childbirth classes and counseling women and their partners in English and Japanese on caregiver choices, birth, breastfeeding, childrearing and bilingualism since 1996, having also established Childbirth Education Center (CEC) in 1997. She is in the midst of compiling data from the more than 1600 couples from over 70 countries who have taken classes with CEC to date. Intimately connected to the birth community both personally and professionally, Brett keeps her finger on the pulse of birth issues in Japan through a network of midwives, doctors, allied health professionals, birthing women and birth activists throughout Japan. She can be found at www.birthinjapan.com and on the CEC Facebook page.
- https://sites.google.com/site/mothersvoicesjapan/home—Official Japanese version of the Listening to Mothers Survey in both English and Japanese; comparisons between the results from the two countries also included
- www.midwife.or.jp/index.html—Japanese Midwives’ Association (JMA), in Japanese with an abbreviated English section
- www7a.biglobe.ne.jp/~osansupport—birth activist group with a strong focus on independent midwifery, in Japanese only
- www.nurse.or.jp/jna/english/—a website which provides an overview of statistics and goals for midwifery in Japan (in English) focusing on hospital-based midwives, put out by the Japanese Nursing Association not the JMA