Overseas Birth and Childcare Consultant
International Medical Social Worker / Counselor
LMSW, Licensed Master Social Worker in New York State
Medical Interpreter (Obgyn, Pediatrics, Social Work, Education)
Multi-lingual Education Consultant
Care the World was founded by Nora Kohri in 1988. The website was launched in 1998.
Care the World has been supporting expatriate families through providing information related to childbirth and childcare practices of various countries.
Care the World has information on over 100 countries and publishes booklets on childbirth and parenting practices of each of these countries. Nora has visited over 30 countries. The information on childbirth covers topics such as; medical system, hospitals and doctors accepting foreigners, prenatal care, birth choices, hospital stay, postnatal care etc. For Japan, it is All you need to know about birth in Japan. The information on raising children overseas consists of topics such as; doctors and medical facilities accepting foreigners, common illness and disease and how to prevent them, treatment practice, immunization schedule, what to bring from your home country, child rearing practice, how to find a babysitter, preschools for the child, discussion on language etc.
Nora Kohri is an Overseas Birth and Parenting Consultant, an International Medical Social Worker, Counselor, Medical Interpreter (specialized in Obgyn, Pediatrics, Social Work, Education) and a Multi-lingual Education consultant.
Places lived ...... She was born in Japan. Lived in the Bronx, New York during her elementary school years. Moved back to Japan and spent middle school there. Spent her high school and college years in Toronto, Canada. Returned to Japan. Lived in Singapore while raising her two children. Back to Japan and lived there for 7 years. In 2001, she moved to New York. In 2017, she moved to Okinawa, Japan.
Education and Career ....... Her interest in working in the field of helping people began while she was attending University of Toronto. She majored in sociology and urban studies. This led her to work with children, women, elders, physically and mentally challenged, people with illness and their families, immigrants, and native Indians in the urban setting. She also minored in criminology to work with juvenile delinquents.
In Tokyo, Japan, she worked as a counselor for the English speaking community. She dealt with issues such as inter-racial marriage, culture shock, stress, loneliness, depression, suicide etc.
In Singapore, she worked in hospitals and clinics as a medical interpreter, specializing in the field of obstetrics, gynecology, and pediatrics. She began her life long research on birth and child rearing practice around the world.
After her return to Japan in 1993, she gave lectures, seminars, conducted workshops, wrote articles, was interviewed, invited on radio shows as an overseas birth and parenting consultant. She gave support to expatriate families having birth away from home and raising babies. She advocated for Japanese children who were raised overseas and those returning home. She traveled to various countries and visited hospitals, talked to medical professionals and interviewed Japanese families.
She volunteered as a counselor at crisis pregnancy center in Japan.
In 2002, she was admitted to Columbia University, School of Social Work. In her research course, she reported on "The effect of witnessing Domestic Violence on children". She took psychopathology where she learned about various mental illnesses and personality disorders and its treatment.
During her internship, she advocated for individuals with developmental disabilities, such as mental retardation, autism, visually impaired, traumatic brain injury, etc. Trained as a service coordinator, referred clients to services in Westchester, arranged for guardianship and Medicaid, trained life skills, conducted workshop on employment.
In 2003, she took an year long interdisciplinary leadership training program called, The Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities Program. Studied on disabilities, IDEA, assistive technology, advocacy, and grant writing. In the program, she created a website titled "End of Life Preparation for Children with Special Needs and their Families".
While studying, she worked as a medical social worker at Westchester Institute for Human Development, with Inherited Metabolic Disorder Program. Arranged services for patients with developmental disabilities, such as spina bifida, Rhett disorder, Marphan syndrome, PKU, etc.
In 2004, she was awarded the Master of Science degree from Columbia University, School of Social Work. She speciliazed in health, mental health, and disabilities. Graduated with a GPA of 3.85, equivalent to average of 96%. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker in New York State.
Today, along with her long established career as an overseas birth and parenting consultant, she counsels women with emotional and mental issues, counsels children with emotional issues, writes articles and books, and give lectures.
From 2006 to 2017, she worked full time at Cerebral Palsy of Westchester as a program coordinator and a supervisor of New Rochelle site of the day habilitation program, for individuals with mental and physical challenges.
Since 2017, she works as an outreach manager specializing in Child Maltreatment and Domestic Violence, for the Military Families in Okinawa, Japan. She teaches prevention classes such as, "Parenting with Love", "Building relationship with your teenagers", "Anger and Stress Management", "Marriage Relationship", "New Moms and Dads", to name few.