Support

Research Partners
  • Dr. Keiko Sugimoto, PhD, MS, RNW,  (Assistant Professor at Health Innovation and Nursing (Global Health Nursing), University of Tsukuba)
  • Dr. Izumi Chihara, MD, MPH (Obstetrician, doctoral student at University of Illinois School of Public Health)
  • Dr. Honami Yoshida, MD, PhD, MPH (Obstetrician, Senior Researcher at National Institute of Public Health)
  • Dr. Carol Sakala (Director of Programs for Childbirth Connection)
  • Dr. Eugene Declercq (Professor, School of Public Health, Boston University)
Supportive Professionals and Organizations
  • Dr. Atsuo Kiuchi (President, Artemis Utsunomiya Clinic, Tochigi, Japan)
  • Dr. Tomoko Saotome (Vice Director of OB, Kanagawa Prefecture Shiomidai Hospital, Kanagawa, Japan)
  • Dr. Masao Nakano (Director of OB, Keiyu Hospital, Kanagawa, Japan)
  • Dr. Kenji Arahori (Ito City Hospital, Shizuoka, Japan)
  • Dr. Beverly McElmurry (University of Illinois at Chicago)
  • Dr. Susan Vonderheid (University of Illinois at Chicago)
  • Dr. Susan Altfeld (University of Illinois at Chicago)
  • Dr. Barbara McFarlin (University of Illinois at Chicago)
  • Dr. Junko Tashiro (St. Luke's College of Nursing, Japan)
  • Dr. Tamami Satoh, Ms. Yuko Nakashima, and Ms. Yuhki Kudoh (NMs, Japanese Red Cross Kyushu International College of Nursing)
  • Prof. Hiroko Tomoda (Konan Women's University, Pediatric Nursing, Kobe, Japan)
  • Child Research Net (Dr. Noboru Kobayashi, Benesse Institute for the Child Sciences, Parenting, and Aging. Tokyo, Japan)
  • Ms. Brett Iimura (Birth Educator)
  • Ms. Atsuko Takigawa (Nurse-Midwife)
  • Ms. Yukiko Tosaka (Nurse-Midwife)
  • Ms. Sayaka Igarashi (Nurse-Midwife)
  • Ms. Kumie Endo (Translator)
  • Ms. Elizabeth Rexford
  • Dr. Daisuke Onuki (Associate Professor, Tokai University, Japan)
  • Prof. Mari Kusaga (Associate Professor, Kyushu University of Nursing and Social Welfare, Community Health Nursing, Kumamoto, Japan) 
  • Ms. Sachiko Hatta (Baby dance and baby sign teacher, Kobe, Japan)
  • Ms. Sachi Miki (Director of Doula Club, Nara, Japan)
  • Childbirth Connection (U.S.)
  • Dr. Cheryl Beck, Dr. Robert Gable, and Western Psychological Services (Postpartum Depression Screening Scale: copyright)
  • Dr. Kunitoshi Ueshima, Dr. Kumiko Muramatsu, and Pfizer Japan Inc. (Japanese version of PHQ-2: copyright)
Funding Support
    • 2008. Sigma Theta Tau, Alpha Lambda Chapter
    • 2008-2009. Fumiko Yamaji Trust for Academic Nursing Education and Research, Japan.
    • 2008-2009. American Association of University Women (AAUW) International Fellowship
    • 2009-2010. Grant-In-Aid Scientific Research for Young Scientists, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science [kakenhi]
Principle Investigator
  • Rieko Kishi, NM, IBCLC, PhD in Nursing Science
Assistant Professor at Department of Family Nursing, the Univesity of Tokyo, Japan
Researcher at Doula Laboratory in Child Research Net, Tokyo, Japan
Advisory Board Member for Community-Based Doula Leadership Institute, Chicago, USA
Research Topics: Doula support, cross-national comparisons of women's perinatal experiences, primary health care, community-based participatory research, and tool development