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A Healthy Pregnancy: What Matters to Japanese Mums' Life in New Zealand?

This study aims to get a better understanding of Japanese women’s experiences during and after pregnancy in New Zealand, focusing on maternal health behaviours. This will be useful information to think about what support is needed for future immigrant mothers from Japan.


Pregnancy is a time of dramatic changes for women’s body. Health professionals often provide advice on diet, exercise, and body weight to promote a healthy pregnancy. This may bring changes in health-related lifestyle behaviours.

This advice may be confusing for immigrant women because of ‘gaps’ in culture, language, and clinical practice between the country they are living in and their home country. There has been little information on how Japanese women are addressing such gaps during pregnancy and after birth abroad. As such, we would like to understand better their experience and perception underlying their health behaviour during pregnancy and after birth.

Get Involved: Call for Japanese Women


We are seeking the help of Japanese women to take part in an interview for this study. You need to:

  • Have grown up and lived in Japan for more than 18 years
  • Have given birth in New Zealand within the last 3 months
  • Currently live in New Zealand

Individual interview

  • An interview requires 60 to 90 minutes of your time, scheduled at 3 to 4 months after the birth of your child
  • Via a video-conferencing app, Zoom (If you are in Auckland, a face-to-face option is also available if alert levels permit this; this can be at your house or at the University of Auckland)
  • A Japanese interviewer will ask you in the Japanese language about your health behaviour (diet, physical activity, weight management etc.) during pregnancy and after birth in New Zealand

For your participation

  • To thank you for your time, all participants will receive a $50 grocery gift card



Register here

If you wish to join this study, please read the Participant Information Sheet, then complete our quick survey to let us know your interview preferences.




Project Team

New Zealand

  • Dr Jacquie Bay, Liggins Institute
  • Prof. Frank Bloomfield, Liggins Institute
  • Dr Tomoko Aoyama, Liggins Institute
  • Ms Jillian Hildreth, Liggins Institute
  • Ms Tomoko Clark, Independent Midwife
  • Ms Yuka Pakhomov, Independent Midwife


  • Prof. Megumi Haruna, The University of Tokyo
  • Prof. Masayo Matsuzaki, Osaka University
  • Asst. Prof. Mie Shiraishi, Osaka University
  • Dr Hidemi Takimoto, National Institute of Biomedical Innovation, Health and Nutrition


For more information please contact:

The project is approved by the University of Auckland Human Participants Ethics Committee on 28/07/2021 for three years. Reference Number UAHPEC2969.