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These are great resources! Though unfortunate that most are for foreigner women married to Japanese men! How about is foreign men married to Japanese women? Calling all similarly situated . . .


This is great! I've been reading for a couple of years since coming to Tokyo, and I'm now pregnant too - due with my first baby in October. This is a great overview of resources, some here I didn't know of. I'd love to know how you get on with the CEC classes as I'm planning to take them in August. Congratulations :)


Thanks Kaeru. Us foreign women with Japanese partners have a few organizations, and it's a shame that foreign men don't have the same.

Loz, we took the classes last weekend and enjoyed them. I don't know how they compare to Japanese style classes, but I think it was great for my husband and I to get a non-Japanese perspective.

Lauren Avery

This is so helpful. I gave my husband a list of things I wanted from the place I birthed at, and he found the Mejiro clinic on his own. It's a little expensive, so I'm not committed to it yet...I hope you'll have time to post something about your experience there! Being a foreigner pregnant in Japan is pretty isolating.


Episode 34 of The Japanofiles Podcast also features two English-speaking foreigner women talking about their experiences of being pregnant in Japan.

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