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Helpful Hints: Gynecologists

Author:Shaney Crawford, Issue: September 2003, Topic: Medical

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.

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