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    Giving Birth at a Japanese Clinic

    April 14, 2021

    Our beautiful rainbow baby arrived to this world on March 11th!

    Our birth experience was different from what we expected, but still overall positive. We chose to give birth at a clinic vs. a hospital, run by the doctor who was the care provider during my entire pregnancy.

    The following is our birth story, about what it’s like to give birth in Japan and during the COVID pandemic.

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  • Nursery Reveal!

    At 39 weeks and 3 days of pregnancy, we are nearly to baby’s due date!! I am now officially on “maternity leave” from our home business, and trying to enjoy this time as much…

    March 6, 2021
  • Preparing For Childbirth

    As of today, the last month of pregnancy has finally arrived! My husband and I have been busy with final preparations, making sure that everything is organized for baby, as well as postpartum. Due…

    February 10, 2021
  • Upstairs Bathroom Remodel

    One thing that I have become passionate about during the last few years is interior design and decor. I had the opportunity to work on several renovation / interior design projects for our business…

    January 13, 2021
  • 2020: Suffering and Abundance

    Everyone experienced last year differently.. and despite the popular narrative that 2020 is a year to “throw out” like curbside trash, it is also one for which I am deeply grateful.  In 2020, we…

    January 5, 2021
  • Maternity Clothes: Best Brands

    Now that I am nearing week 27 and have almost hit the third trimester, there is no hiding my baby bump! As a result, I invested in multiple maternity and nursing-friendly wardrobe pieces. However,…

    December 7, 2020
  • 10 Pregnancy Must-Haves

    The word is out.. we are expecting a boy! The 1st trimester of this pregnancy seemed to drag on and on forever, but now at over halfway through the 2nd trimester, time is flying…

    November 1, 2020
  • Japan’s Pregnancy Freebies: A How-To Guide

    One of the most fun things about pregnancy is signing up for maternity and baby freebies.. and there are so many available in Japan! Through signing up for free in-store point cards and online…

    October 6, 2020
  • We’re Expecting! – Pregnancy in Japan

    We are happy to announce that the Haruna family is expecting a baby! The due date is March 10th, 2021. This is our rainbow baby, a term that is used for a baby that…

    September 24, 2020
  • Isolation or Opportunity?

    These days Masashi and I discovered the show Win the Wilderness on Netflix, and thoroughly enjoyed it. The TV mini-series is about a survival-based competition between 6 couples for the right to inherit the…

    May 18, 2020