A recent query to the TAIRA mailing list resulted in some good recommendations for gynecologists in the area.
Shoji Clinic 029-836-0405
It seems that the most popular gynecologist for foreign clients is Dr. Shoji. His clinic is located in Yatabe (about 2km from the city office). Dr. Shoji has excellent English, he is highly professional, and people say that he "makes you feel comfortable". One of the local residents believes that Dr. Shoji has delivered 70% of the foreign and dual-culture babies in the area. He is also very knowledgeable about non-maternity related gynecological issues, so you can see him for a regular checkup as well. (FYI: He won't do abortions.) His wife is a pediatrician, so you can continue going there after your child is born. It has been suggested that because of Dr. Shoji's fame, he charges a bit more than the average clinic.
Hashimoto Clinic 029-822-5541, Tsuchiura Higashi Namiki-machi 576 [map]
I recommend Dr. Hashimoto for those who live in the North/East Tsukuba-Tsuchiura areas and can't reach Dr. Shoji's clinic in South/West Yatabe. He speaks completely Americanized English and has the most modern (recently remodeled) clinic in the north Tsukuba/Tsuchiura area. He also is one of the very few clinicians in Ibaraki trained in handling "extraordinary" pregnancy with surgical complications, multiple-myoma and cyst removal, and micro-surgical techniques. He also takes "great care to perform any and all surguries with minimal scarring and least invasive techniques". I got all of this from a video I transcribed from one of his surgical instruction lectures. I hope this may be of some comfort for those who may be wary of giving birth with med-school interns at Tsukuba U Hosp. First contact is by email at HushOBGYN(at)aol.com, then Dr. Hashimoto can give his personal phones numbers so non-English speakers can bypass his staff and speak directly with him. Open: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri from 9:30am to 12:30pm and 2:30pm to 5:30pm, Wed from 9:30am to 12:30pm, Sat from 9:30am to 12:30pm and 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Tsuchiura Ladies Hospital 029-821-0068, Tsuchiura Chuo 1-14-22 [map]
This maternity clinic is located about 15 minutes away from Tsuchiura station by foot (about 15 minute drive from Tsukuba Center). They are experts in delivery related matters (including abortion). They provide excellent service, but the clinic is extremely busy, so you may have to wait for 2 hours. It is not certain whether or not they have an English speaker on staff.
Also, I have been to the gynecologist at Tsukuba Memorial Hospital (TMH) and Tsukuba Gakuen Hospital (TGH). The one at TMH was a woman and I have seen both a female doctor and male doctor at TGH. All were fine. I am not sure how much English they could speak, as I spoke to them in Japanese, but most doctors generally know many medical words in English. If you could bring along a good dictionary -- and, if possible, a bilingual friend to help you translate -- it would be good.
Tokyo Medical and Surgical Clinic http://www.tmsc.jp 03-3436-3028
If you don't mind making a trip to Tokyo, this clinic might be an option. It is located next to Tokyo Tower on the second floor of the Mori building. The doctors are fluent in English and Japanese. Some Chinese speakers are also available. They do not accept Japanese National Health Insurance, but because of that, a visit to this clinic can be kept extremely confidential.
TsukuBlog is a daily blog for the foreign residents of the city of Tsukuba in Ibaraki, Japan. It is a sister site to Alien Times. It includes up-to-date information on events, news, living in Japan, Japanese culture, and more.
If you find the articles interesting, you can sign up to receive the TsukuBlog articles by email (a daily email including all of the articles that are posted) or subscribe to the feed (so you can be notified of updates through your internet browser or feed-compatible software).
The advertisements that appear on paper and online versions of The Alien Times do not necessarily represent the views of the Alien Times. The Alien Times takes no responsibility for any transactions that occur between advertisers and readers.
The authors of articles that appear in Alien Times reserve the right to copyright their work. Please DO NOT copy any articles that appear in Alien Times without first receiving permission from the author of the article (when known) or the Alien Times Editor.