Hearing midwife forms sign language circle in Okinawa Prefecture

February 1, 2013

Miyagi Ikuko san who has worked as a midwife for years in Miyakojima-shi, Okinawa Prefecture in Japan's southern island won the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare prize for the obstetrics medical person recognized for rendering a distinguished service
in the 2012 fiscal year.

Miyagi san became a midwife at the age of 22, taking up 3,500 or more babies in about 45 years until now.

She started sign language club activities after she met a Deaf pregnant woman. During the delivery, Miyagi san was shocked to know that she was unable to communicate with the Deaf woman in labor who shed tears in pain.

The sign language circle was formed in 1988 and its activity is continued still now.

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