Achieving the Sense of Motherhood through Epidural Birth and Issues for its Acceptance in Japan

Taro Haga
Volume 1 Issue 1 Pages 78-82
First Published: September 28, 2018



The rate of epidural birth in Japan is 6.1%, which is lower than that of other countries. One reason is that, in Japan, labor pains are thought to give mothers a sense of motherhood. In an interview after childbirth, no difference was found in terms of sense of motherhood between epidural birth and natural birth. Viewing childbirth as a rite of passage, advocating the back-to-nature movement, and listening to obsolete information by medical staff are keeping epidural birth from becoming widely acceptable in Japan. Providing evidence-based education will be the issue in the future.