Nov 25, 2012

CEC Childbirth Classes

Childbirth Education Center (CEC) has been devoted to preparing women and their partners for the journey through pregnancy, birth, and early parenthood since 1997. Over 1600 couples hailing from 75 countries have enjoyed and been inspired by our interactive and dynamic teaching style which revolves around three basic tenets: family-centered care, freedom of choice, and empowerment of women. CEC's bilingual capability allows us an extensive network of maternity care providers in both Japan and abroad in order to bring you as much unbiased information as possible upon which to make your own informed decisions. Our classes put YOU at the center. 

Upcoming classes (all classes and consultations are held via Skype;           2013 "live in Tokyo" classes TBA at a later date): 

Birthing Your Baby: 
covers Japan-specific practices and options, anatomy and physiology of birth, relaxation and comfort techniques, choices regarding medical interventions, breastfeeding and the post-partum period, and more. 
         Next class:
                         Nov. 26th (Session 1 of 3), 9:00am-12:00pm
                         Nov. 30th (Session 2 of 3) 9:00am-12:00pm
                         Dec. 3rd (Session 3 of 3) 9:00am-12:00pm
Baby Basics: offers practical baby-care tips and self-care skills for making the transition to parenthood a smooth one. 
             Next class:
                          Dec. 1st, 9:00am-12:00pm
Choosing a Caregiver: private consultations that provide a clear and precise overview of Japanese maternity care, help you discover your true desires for birth, and guide you to specific caregivers that meet your needs in Japan.  Sessions are 1 - 2 hours long.   ¥10,000

Please contact CEC directly at to register. 

For those members on Facebook, the fastest and easiest way to keep up with our events, classes, last minute updates and the ever-changing landscape of Japanese maternity care is by liking our page: 

Nov 21, 2012

Slingmeet Meeting

Dear Mothers

Do you have a baby that loves being held and doesn’t like to be on the pram, cot, car seat,
etc? Would you like to get some work done in the house while responding to your child
needs? Do you find difficult to attend your older children while looking after your little one?

Many mothers find the use of a sling/baby carrier the perfect solution. But, have you ever
wanted to use one and didn’t know how? How about a place where you can try different
types before buying your own?

Would you like to learn how to make your own?

Slingmeet is a group for parents, or parent’s-to-be, to learn and share about their experience
in baby slings or baby carriers.


NAME: Slingmeet Tokyo

WHEN: Thursday, 22nd November, from 10 to 12.

WHERE: If you wish to attend, please contact me at and I will send
the full address.

Nov 5, 2012

Next Le Leche League Meeting

La Leche League of Tokyo Central

La Leche League is an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing
education, information, support, and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed. All
breastfeeding mothers and pregnant women interested in breastfeeding are welcome to come
to our free meetings or call our Leaders for breastfeeding help.

LLL Tokyo Central offers support and information through:
• Mother-to-Mother support
• Monthly meetings
• Telephone and e-mail help from accredited Leaders
• An extensive lending library with books in English on breastfeeding, nutrition,
childbirth, fertility, parenting, discipline, and other related topics.
• Sales of The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding and other books.

Meeting Details

Friday 9th November, 2012.
10:00am – 12:00 am
Franciscan Chapel Center
4-2-37 Roppongi, Minato-Ku, Tokyo 106-0032
Babies and toddlers are always welcome. We meet in a very spacious hall and toys are available.

Meeting details can be also found on our facebook page:

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

Group Leader Tokyo Central

Loreto Tel: 080-2187-6323

Nov 4, 2012

Akachan Honpo Guided Tour

Kate and Tomoko from TokyoUrbanBaby, have organized a guided tour to Akachan Honpo on November 7th. RSVP asap if you want to join the tour and find great products here in Japan.

Here is a message from Kate:

"Tomoko and I were invited to speak at the Tokyo Pregnancy Group (TPG) meeting yesterday! We had a great time meeting all the expecting mums and talking about our birth experience and ideas for getting out and about in Tokyo after baby is born.
There was particularly a lot of interest about baby products and what to buy for birth and after baby is born. One of the biggest challenges with having a baby in Japan is that all the products are in Japanese! On top of that, most of the brands are different from overseas, so it can be quite overwhelming when you’re trying to prepare for the birth of your baby.
In order to help these mums and mums-to-be, we decided to do a Guided Tour to the Akachan Honpo store in Tokyo on 7th November to explain about all the products! For details see invitation below!"

Please RSVP to Kate if you would like to join! What a great opportunity to familiarize yourself with products and packaging that are not in our native language.

Interview from TokyoUrbanBaby

At the last TPG meeting, Kate and Tomoko from, came to speak about their birthing experiences in Japan and baby products available here in Tokyo.

Kate interviewed two TPG members about their experiences being pregnant in Japan. Check out the interviews HERE!