Being pregnant in a foreign country is a particularly perplexing experience: so. many. questions! Every time I'm around international pregnant women, there is a flurry of information exchanged. Often, I find the questions more fascinating than the answers. They indicate so much about what is normal in the culture of the questioner, and I find myself reflecting on the normal birth narrative in the States as I make my way home from these meetings.Read More
I recently attended my first meeting of Tokyo Pregnancy Group, an amazing organization of English-speaking pregnant women, who are all preparing to give birth in Tokyo.
Members at this meeting were from all over the world and my favorite part of the afternoon, by far, was hearing about their personal backgrounds and the different cultural myths and practices that they've brought with them here to Tokyo.
Three cross-cultural tidbits from the meeting:Read More
This is not my first trip to Japan, but it is the first time that I'm here while in contact with expectant mothers. I often find myself discussing the challenges and benefits of raising kids in the world's biggest city.
Here are three interesting things about young families in Tokyo that I've noticed so far:Read More