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Welcome to the website of the Foreign Mothers Group of Nagoya, Japan!
Living in Japan as a foreigner is sometimes difficult, especially when you're pregnant or have a small baby and don't speak the language. To help foreign women in this situation the Nagoya Foreign Mothers Group was organized in 1996 by Ms. Misako Iwamoto, a veteran midwife who selflessly committed herself for years volunteering to help foreign expectant moms.
For all these years, our members come and go, many of whom have gone back to their country, moved out of Nagoya and some are still around and we are glad to be of help for these wonderful moms or for those who are planning a family. We are also very grateful from those who had their babies and still come to our monthly meetings to meet and give support to our new members and share their experiences, information, advices and particularly from Maria Vassileva for her breastfeeding lecture.
Please come to our meeting, you may bring your kids, husband, partner or even friends. These meetings can be very helpful, not only when you are expecting, but also during the first few months with a new-born baby. It is a place to meet mothers and mothers-to-be from various cultural backgrounds. You can ask questions, talk over any worries or difficulties you have, not only with a midwife but with other "experienced" parents as well.Hope to see you there!
Monthly Meetings: STARTING 2013, ADDITIONAL NEW MEETING PLACE IN YAGOTO.
For the past 16 years and counting, we have our monthly meeting every 2nd Saturday of the month, from 10:00 - 12:00 at the Nagoya City Women's Center (Meijo subway line, Higashi-betsuin station, exit #1). We usually hold our meeting at the back door living room lobby. If you are coming by car, there's a parking space behind the building for unlimited hours, parking fee is 300 yen.
Now, to accommodate
those who live far from Nagoya Women's center (Nagoya Josei Kaikan) or
for those who are not available on the second Saturday of the month, then
you may come on the 4th Saturday of the month in our newly added meeting
place called Kid's Space NIJIRO, located on the 2nd floor. (The first
floor is a Karate gym). This new meeting place has a small kitchen, breastfeeding
corner, more free space with toys, baby bed and longer time from 10:00
AM to 1:00 PM. This place however is not free of charge so if you don't
mind, there is a 300 yen fee for each family. Here's the complete address:
3-23 Motoyagoto, Tenpaku-ku, Nagoya. It's 16-17 minutes walk either from
Yagoto & Shiogamaguchi Station, but if you take the bus, get off at
Shimadabashi station, it's just 2 minutes walk. There are 9 parking space
Yagoto Meeting will be held every 4th Saturday of the month, starting January 26th, February 23rd, March 23rd and so on.
Nagoya Women's Center at Higashi Betsuin have no changes, it will be the usual 2nd Saturday of the month, next meeting will be on February 9.
If you have some questions, please call Misako Iwamoto 090-1834-2701 or Lorna Ohigashi 0902344-8978.
Click here for more information and directions on how to get to the meetings.
If you have some questions, please feel free to call or send an email to
Misako Iwamoto (midwife): email, phone/fax (052) 847-0243, 090-1834-2701 or
Lorna Ohigashi: email, phone (052) 331 9019, 090-2344-8978.
Subsidized Pregnancy Health Checks
The Number of Subsidized Pregnancy Health Checks was increased from 5 to 14 starting on April 1, 2010.
If you were issued a Maternity Record Book before April 1, 2010, Health Check Vouchers will be issued for additional Health Checks. Please bring your Maternity Record Book and your "For the health of mother and child supplement" to your ward's Health Center (hokenjo) to apply; a proxy may apply on your behalf.
Inquiries: The City of Nagoya Health Center, Child Youth Affairs Bureau, Child Raising Support Division.
Tel: 052-972-2629 Fax: 052-972-4146.
Pregnancy and Birth in Nagoya Official City Website: click here