Yoko Shimpuku

Research & Institution

Institutional Contact

Kyoto University

Human Health Science

53 Shogoin-kawahara-cho Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, 606-8507


Yoko Shimpuku is an associate professor in Kyoto University. She is a certified nurse midwife and received her PhD in Nursing in University of Illinois at Chicago, USA. She is a member of the Young Academy of Japan (YAJ) and chairs the International Branch Meeting within YAJ. She is a member of the Gender Equity Branch Meeting at Science Council of Japan. She also established and chairs the Young Scientist Network of Japan Academy of Midwifery. In addition, she is a visiting professor in Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Tanzania, as she collaboratively developed the first Midwifery Master’s program in the country.

For her PhD dissertation, she interviewed Tanzanian mothers immediately after childbirth to learn about their experiences in the extremely resource poor setting. Since then, she has been regarding it as her mission in life to improve midwifery care to provide every woman safe and humanized childbirth. She is teaching both pregnant women and midwives and conducting evaluation research for the education to eventually reduce their high maternal and neonatal mortality.

After completion of her PhD, she experienced internship at the World Health Organization, Regional Office for South East Asia. She has been a member of WHO Collaborating Center and working closely with WHO to disseminate their evidence-based Early Essential Newborn Care program. Because of her global experiences, she was awarded for the first “Symbols of Tomorrow” in 2012. She had honors of lecturing the Princess Akishino of the Royal Family of Japan in 2014 and 2015.

Awards & Affiliations


Best Oral Presentation Award at the 31st Annual Meeting of the Japan Association for International Health (December 2016)

Good Presentation Award at the 7th St. Luke’s Academia, Advanced English Presentation Session (January 2013)

Nursing Research Award of the Japan Society of Private Colleges and Universities of Nursing (September 2012)

Symbols of Tomorrow Award of the All Japan Hospital Association, Japan Hospital Association, and Sanofi (October 2012)

Good Presentation Award at the 9th International Conference of the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery (July 2012)