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.
Email: info@azabumusictogether.com
Website: http://www.azabumusictogether.com/index.htm

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!
E-mail: info@enjoymusictogether.com

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

Little Namaste Kids Yoga
Website: http://www.littlenamaste.com/english/01/index.html#01

National Children’s Castle/Kodomono Shiro
Website: http://www.kodomono-shiro.or.jp/english/calendar/index.shtml

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!
Website: http://blueskytokyo.com/playgroups.html
Email: blue.sky@gol.com
For older babies(from 1 to 3yrs of age): http://blueskytokyo.com/music.html

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.
Website: http://www.tumbletotsjapan.com/index_en.html

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.
Website: http://www.gymboree.jp/en/site/motoazabu/access.html

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 : enquiries@kspacetokyo.org
Website : http://www.kspacetokyo.org

English Lessons
English Studio: http://www.englishstudio.jp/ (Mita, Meguro, Setagaya)
Global Kids Academy: http://www.globalkidsacademy.com/

Kay Akahane NY State Licensed Massage Therapist "Essence K" - Baby Massage Class in Japanese
E-mail: kay@essencek.com
Phone: 090-9959-2639
Website: http://www.essencek.com/e_index.html

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
Website: www.tohotheater.jp

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
E-mail: eve@tkd.att.ne.jp

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
E-mail: Kay@essencek.com
Phone: 090-9959-2639
Website: http://www.essencek.com/e_index.html
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
E-mail: yoga@rajay.org

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.
E-mail: info@shizenyoga.com

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
E-mail: physio@gol.com

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
Email: info@sunanmoon.jp,

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
E-mail: tomomi.serizawa@nifty.com

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.
Email: samira@glocalive.com
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
E-mail: info@acuraclinic.com
Website: http://www.acuraclinic.com/Default.aspx?ID=1

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
Website: http://www.geocities.jp/sugeta4189/english.htm


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
Website: http://www.shc.gr.jp/


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
E-mail: physio@gol.com
Website: http://www.tokyophysio.com/

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
E-mail: mail@kosaihealthcare.com

Dr Yamane (speaks English)
Address:#801 Shinichi Bldg. 2-8 YotsuyaShinjuku-ku Tokyo 160-0004
Website: http://www007.upp.so-net.ne.jp/dcyamane/e/index.html


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.
E-mail: tokyohypno@gmail.com
Phone: 090-6195-0501
Website: tokyohypno.com

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.
E-mail: tokyonewmothersgroup@yahoo.com

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: carla@llljapan.com
Iona- Tel/Fax: 03-3425-2534; E-mail: iona@llljapan.com
Kathryn – Tel/Fax: 03-5449-4020; E-mail: kathryn@llljapan.com

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
E-mail: blue.sky@gol.com

Baby Massage Center
Baby Massage Classes in Tokyo with small and relaxed classroom atmosphere or one-to-one private lessons by professional instructors.
Website: http://babymassagecenter.com
E-mail: babymassagecenter@gmail.com

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.
Email: wadamakiko@paw.hi0ho.ne.jp
or : midwifewada@gmail.com

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
E-mail: anntanaka@festa.ocn.ne.jp

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.
E-mail: tokyohypno@gmail.com
Phone: 090-6195-0501
Website: tokyohypno.com

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
E-mail: anntanaka@festa.ocn.ne.jp

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
E-mail: brett@free-zone.com

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: http://www.sannoclc.or.jp/english/doctor/sanno/sanhujinka.html

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