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    The cuteness of pregnancy in Japan

    All right. After navigating all the red tape and so on and so forth when it comes to IVF and so, you are pretty much covered by the national insurance if you are a resident which is a 70% coverage. Free ultrasounds and tests when you register your pregnancy.

    You can register your pregnancy after seeing the heartbeat and if the baby is growing nice and normal at or after 8 weeks but preferably before 9 weeks. The usual frequency of visits is once every three weeks for an ultrasound (transvaginal) until later, when it becomes once every two weeks and eventually as you are approaching nearer, once every week ^^

    Once you register, you are given several goodies. (You have to go to the city (ward) office and inform them)....
    These goodies usually include information leaflets about what to expect and when to expect it and so on and so forth. List of hospitals for delivery and midwife centres. ETC. You are also assigned a government midwife who checks with you throughout your pregnancy re: your state, if you require bed rest, what the doctor said etc.... and provide support in the form of sending domestic help some days.

    You get a few stickers to stick on totebags or cars or yourself or whatever saying basically (baby inside) and badges you can pin and also little keychains that you can put on your bag. These are especially useful when you are not showing and taking public transport as you immediately find a seat. They also make flagging taxis easier. You are given now a code to get the nearest pregnancy friendly places (massages, mummy spas....and also special taxis should you require them (usually the fare is lower).

    The goody books include coupons for free pathology and so on and so forth tests. It also includes a baby book, which tracks the development of the foetus since they give you the book until the birth of the foetus and all through vaccination (in the vaccination book attached to it) until they are six years old. Each child has a different social care worker assigned and you cannot, for the life of you, break contact.

    As for babies who are already born, NICU stays and so forth and so on and are completely covered and also their healthcare until they are 16 years old, after which they are on your health insurance so the amount that you have to pay a paediatrician is ridiculously small (or even an ambulance if something severe happens)... and i mean embarrassingly so because if is never more then 50p if it ever gets that high, including medication. Now visiting doctors who are not specialised in children but for example, dermatologists and dentists and so on for the baby costs a little bit more but still a negligible amount which for some odd reason, you are then, a couple of months later, compensated for.

    Also there is the child allowance for every baby which is not much but it is a nice gesture whether you need it or not.

    There are checkups obviously and vaccinations at the paediatrician but also checkups for the baby at the city office where they distribute information about nurseries and play centres and recipes appropriate for your child's age as well as bed time story books and a little card that asks shops and stores to offer boiling water for sterilizing bottles and also hot water for formula. If there is a disease that is dangerous that year but is not usually on the vaccination list, you are sent a notice to take the child to the ward office doctor or spammed with phone messages if you happen to miss it and they are given that there.

    Insurance does no cover birth and there is no such thing as pain relief. You are expected to stay in the hospital for 5 days normal birth and about 8 or 9 c-secion. You cannot have an elective c-section however, a medical c-section is covered by your insurance. Either way, every mother receives a lump sum of money for having a baby as a gift from the ward office. I declined, being not Japanese, but they do not take too kindly to you declining that. It usually goes to cover birth costs if you had a natural birth or private room if you had that but there are not that many babies around so it is entirely possible that you can have a communal room all for yourself.

    Luckily, my BUPA insurance global covers everything from progesterone support, to random emergencies, to birth and private rooms to c-sections so basically, you are refunded for everything or everything is paid for in advance and the gift is a gift. But even without, it is extremely cosy and nice.

    Maternity clinics are usually walk in clinics without any appointments. Hospitals require appointments for pre-natal checkups.

    Sadly, the gift sum is also given if you are over 16 weeks pregnant and happen to lose the baby.

    The time you spend at the hospital is usually just spent with a lactation specialist and teeaching daddy how to change nappies and bathe baby nd tke care of mummy. Repeated later if mummy needs it.

    so, having a baby here is quite a community event. Gifts from the hospital. Getting a bit of the umbilical cord in a nice wooden box with gold leaf motifs which you are supposed to give to your son and daughter when they leave the nest.

    O.O So, an insight into the cuteness of the months leading up to birth. I had been abroad once with my previous pregnancy at 19-20 weeks and never ever ever have i EVER gotten through airport security so fast.

    Our one year old little ginger blondie baby withe the cartoon eyes is known throughout the ward office. If I call to talk to the healthnurse or ask something from a midwife or anything like that and mention his name, I am always greeted with "D'awwww"

    Last year's delivery went a little nuts. Hopefully, this one at a different hospital will be a little different.
    Little Killian born at 9.59pm on 30th April 2016
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    Tamarattc, what a nice exspearance the whole process is.. i wish we had something like that..
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    I thought the population in Japan was atrophying because a couple was penalized (financially?) for a child - so this is a surprise to me. I haven't researched the subject and am generally clueless.

    FX that your delivery goes/went well!
    Sharon, TTC 31-43, now 45, DH 48

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    2015 FET#3-SET (cp- mmc- ep!) long early pg loss (16w2d)

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