In the 5.5 years since I had my first birth client, I’ve been to many different hospitals in Tokyo and the surrounding prefectures. I was curious to see exactly how many different places I’ve had experience at with clients and, including the hospitals I birthed my own babies at, it comes to almost 30 different ones. Some hospitals, such as Aiiku and Nisseki, I’ve been to multiple times.
Each hospital or birth clinic has been different in various ways, and it really depends on what is important for each woman (and her partner) when choosing which facility to use – such as epidural, natural/unmedicated labour, water birth option, ability to labour and birth freely, delayed cord clamping, immediate skin to skin, breastfeeding support, 24 hours rooming in with baby, husband staying overnight to name a few . Sometimes, as well, other factors influence which place is best (finances and what kind of insurance you have, distance/location, English language ability of staff and so on).
The choice for those living in Tokyo and the surrounding areas is relatively varied and there is a mix of private maternity hospitals ranging from small to large, birth clinics, University hospitals, municipal hospitals, general hospitals, midwife run birth houses and even home birth is an option.
Birth in Japan will always be a safe option – there will never be a bad options from that point of view. Mother and baby will always be taken care of. However, whether that care aligns with your own personal thinking and expectations depends on the facility. So if anyone ever has any questions about their hospital, I’d be very happy to answer those questions based on my experiences and perspective.
From time to time I’ll try and edit this post to add more details about notable points about each place. If you search some of my old posts, you’ll also see that I’ve written up about some of them already.
Aiiku Hospital (both the old and current one) (Minato ku)
Nisseki (the Japanese Red Cross Hospital) (Shibuya ku)
Seibo Hospital (Shinjuku ku)
St. Luke’s birth clinic (now closed for labours) (Chuo ku)
St. Luke’s Hospital (Koto Ku)
Tsuchiya Clinic (Fuchu shi)
Kosei Byoin (Suginami ku)
Seijo Kinoshita Byoin (Setagaya ku)
Ikuryo Clinic (Meguro ku)
Katsushika Red Cross Hospital (Katsushika ku)
Higashi Fuchu Byoin (Fuchu shi)
Iino Byoin (Chofu shi)
Sanikukai Byoin (Sumida ku)
Tokyo Women’s Medical University Hospital (Shinjuku ku)
Tokyo Mothers Clinic (Setagaya ku)
National Center for Global Health and Medicine (Shinjuku ku)
Sanno Hospital (a birth coming soon) (Minato ku)
Home birth x2 with midwives from Matsugaoka birth house
Minato sekijuji Byoin (the Yokohama Red Cross Hospital) (Naka ku, Yokohama)
Showa University Fujigaoka Hospital (Aoba ku, Yokohama)
Keiyu Byoin (Nishi ku, Yokohama)
Shin Yokohama Women’s and Children’s Hospital (Kohoku ku, Yokohama)
Birth Aoba (midwife run Japanese birth house) (Aoba ku, Yokohama)
Oshio Women’s clinic (Uraysu shi)
Minami Nagareyama Ladies Clinic (Nagareyama shi)
Funabashi Chuo byoin (Funabashi shi)
Saitama Medical Center (Kawagoe)
Keiai Byoin (Fujimi shi)