Childbirth in Japan


Screaming Russian mom during childbirth was very surprised by Japanese doctors. All Japanese women, according to them, very patient and have exceptionally quiet.

Elena Take living in Japan for 8 years. She told “Latimore” about their experience of childbirth in this country. And about why pregnant women should not watch the fire, sitting cross-legged and eat lobster and crab.

«management of pregnancy in Japan begins with registration with the local administration. When I followed the relevant securities, thought to pop in quickly, get the book and be done with it. It was not so simple. The procedure took about forty minutes. I came out of there loaded with gifts and experiences.

Young and very polite Japanese woman gave me a whole orientation, an introductory course on pregnancy. And then I began to ask different questions: “What did you feel when You found out she was pregnant?”, “What are You most concerned about (money, husband, housing, etc.)?”, “do You Have someone who can help after the baby is born?” and so on in the same spirit. In General, to have a heart. I was given a phone number by which I could always ask my questions, if during pregnancy something would bother. Also reported that there is a free course for pregnant women. However, only 4 classes, but it’s not bad. Moreover, given the catalogue of baby things you can borrow (from the state), if there is no money to buy new. There were Cribs, high chairs, slings, baths and more.

In the end, asked for smokes if my husband. When I learned that smoke, handed a brochure specifically for men about how tobacco smoke is harmful to pregnant woman and unborn child. So, after almost an hour I left them, having learned a lot of useful, with the magazine about the pregnancy (ibid stories about childbirth in pictures and a special section for fathers-to-be), a booklet for husband, pregnancy calendar, personal book of the pregnant mother (with her had to go to the doctor), pendant on the phone (for all to see that you’re pregnant and treat you with care) and two diapers as a gift.

Most doctors in Japan – men. In all fields: dentists, internists, surgeons, pediatricians, gynecologists. In 8 years of living in Japan I once met a lady doctor. But the rest of the medical staff (nurses, nurses, etc.) all female. Here is the medical division of labour. Hospitals are divided into public and private. Usually small clinics – private, major hospitals – state. Medicine paid, but there are a lot of subsidies. It all depends on where you live, level of income, location of clinic etc. For example, we now live in a major city and children’s medicine here is paid, if the income is above average. We used to live in an area where all medicine for children under 13 years of age was free.

For pregnant women certain privileges. I was given coupons for 80 thousand yen (roughly if rounded, it’s almost 1000 dollars). The appointment (with ultrasound) the average cost of 40-50 dollars. It is interesting that if during pregnancy you don’t use the medical care to all the coupons can then be exchanged for money. Childbirth is paid and expensive. Usually takes about 800 thousand yen, which is almost 10 thousand dollars. Of these, the state returns to 420 thousand yen, that is about half. You can, of course, to meet in a smaller amount, but not significantly.

The delivery cost depends on various factors. For example, at night and on weekends to give birth to more expensive. We live in the centre of Yokohama – it’s a big city. Here is not only more expensive to give birth than say in a small town, but also harder to find a place. Need to directly register the birth in early pregnancy, or you may simply not be the place to go and have to give birth somewhere distant lands. Many private gynaecological clinics, but will only accept childbirth in larger clinics, so not enough seats.

Mother in hospital Japan

The Japanese have interesting superstitions associated with pregnancy. For example, it’s impossible to sit cross-legged, as this can cause suffocation of the child. There are crabs and lobsters too bad. If the mother during pregnancy likes to eat these gifts of the sea, the child may be a thief. And if you look at the fire, the child will be born with a birthmark. Still need to walk small steps. Generally the Japanese have a wide step is a sign of laziness.

Pregnancy I were in the same hospital where I gave birth. But the doctors were different. Medicine in these clinics all Western. Traditional methods of treatment is used only in special hospitals and delivery is usually not concerned. However during the second pregnancy I was prescribed a special Japanese herbal powders to maintain that abortion was not. But it was also because before that I had two late pregnancy. But normally they do not retain a pregnancy for a small period of time. It is considered that there is no need to intervene in natural processes. The rest probably methods similar to those used worldwide. Fed me with aspirin to improve blood circulation. Tests during pregnancy did everything the same as in Russia usually do. In addition to blood tests for down syndrome. This study is possible only for a fee to do so. No special diets without having prescribed. Only indicated, if the weight of very large or the hanged man is the blood sugar level.

Regular visits to the doctor. The reception usually includes an ultrasound. On late terms of doing the 3D ultrasound. With the first son in the private clinic did it for free. And with the second in the state hospital for this examination need to sign up separately and it cost 70 dollars.

At the last reception I was told to give birth in a week. But everything turned out differently. That same night began to stomach ache. I thought it was false labor. The belly is high, no further signs of it. Just in case I decided to include a special machine called “schwetschenau”. Yet figured out how to use it, she writes: “you had more than 3 contractions at intervals of less than 8 minutes. Call the hospital”. Checked a couple more times. For some reason I was sure that false contractions and I’m still back home from the hospital.

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