Women birthing in Japan have quite a range of choices. There are general hospitals with maternity wards, university affiliated teaching hospitals, dedicated maternity hospitals, small, doctor-run clinics, midwife-run birth houses, or your very own home. Even a wood-chopping birth experience in a 250 year old Edo farmhouse with an eccentric but experienced OB/GYN is possible! After deciding on the type of setting that best fits your vision of birth (see the previous issue of Weekender), you will need to find a midwife or doctor to attend to you.