Yuko ImamuraManager, Health and Global Policy Institute
Ms. Yuko Imamura worked for eight years as a midwife at Aiiku Hospital’s Comprehensive Perinatal Maternal and Child Health Center and Ikuryo Clinic. During that time, she was involved in many aspects of women’s care during pregnancy, childbirth, and the puerperal period. At Ikuryo Clinic, she worked to raise awareness about various aspects of childbirth and to effect behavioral change among expectant mothers. She also planned, developed, and taught classes for about 100 mothers every month for a year. Her clinical experience made her feel the need to learn national policy-making in pregnancy and childbirth, so she obtained a Master of Public Health degree from Sheffield University in England. Her thesis employed a mixed method to examine the effects of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s (NICE) guidelines on collaboration between obstetricians and midwives. After graduation, she joined Health and Global Policy Institute (HGPI) in February 2017. There, she is mainly involved in surveys on women’s health, non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and planning, designing, and conducting public opinion surveys concerning healthcare and the Japanese healthcare system. Besides her work at the institute, she gives health literacy lectures to university students on topics including sex education and general health. She also trains midwives in planning and managing classes for mothers or both parents. She is currently a member of the Japanese Midwives Association’s international committee. In recognition of her continuous efforts and diligence in this field, she was awarded the 22nd Muramatsu Shihoko Midwife’s Recognition Award in 2018.