The news in Japan focuses on a few topics: 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, an increase in tourists, and working women and/or getting women back into the workforce. A recent “humorous” Twitter exchange is the reason why I’m writing this piece. Not “humorous” as in “OMG! I’m screaming rn! LMFAO!!!1!” But more along the lines of, “I laugh only because I’ve run out of options.” Here’s the Tweet that started it all:
Birth in Japan – Hospital Stay In Japan, the hospital stay can be anywhere from 4 to 10 days, depending on choice of hospital or birth clinic. Extended days are usually for women who delivered via C-Section or who had a birth with complications. In the case of my birth clinic, I had a 4 day stay. As with my prenatal visits, every thing that would happen throughout my hospital stay was meticulously detailed in my hospital handbook. Daily checkups for baby and me, blood tests, breastfeeding “classes”, baby care “classes”- nearly every hour was scheduled for us.
Birth in Japan- My Birth Story On the day I gave birth, I had no idea that I was going into labor. I had cramps since 3 A.M, but they weren’t anything like my menstrual cramps, which were always painful. In child birthing classes, labor pains were always compared to menstrual cramps, which terrified me. These cramps had a rhythm, and were coming every 7 minutes or so. I called my clinic and was assured that if there was no bleeding I would be fine, but do call again if the pain intensified. I ignored the cramps and went back to sleep.
Birth in Japan- Natural or Epidural? Giving birth in the US was never an option for me. Considering the logistics of flying back to the US in my third trimester, finding a hospital which suited me, and returning to Japan with a newborn in tow, but not before taking trip a to the Japanese consulate in Atlanta for documents and applying for baby’s US and Japanese passports, I figured it would be wise to take care if everything in Tokyo.
Being pregnant is a life-changing event. Being pregnant abroad is certainly nerve-racking. Please use this simple guide to help you navigate the very basics of being pregnant in Japan.
This master post features all major ceremonial milestones for pregnant women and babies in Japan. A majority of these milestones have Shinto roots and are an important part of Japanese culture. The most recent event is listed first.
A quick reference guide to navigating your pregnancy and birth in Japan. Or, if you’re curious to know what it’s like being pregnant and giving birth abroad, please read about my experience! Pregnant in Japan Pregnancy Pampering- How I Treated Myself Pregnant in Japan- The Basics Birth in Japan Natural or Epidural? – Birth in Japan My Birth Story – Birth in Japan My Hospital Stay – Birth in Japan Like what you just read? Like Baby Kaiju on Facebook, follow me on Instagram, or sign up for e-mail updates!
O-miya mairi (お宮参り) is a performed at a shrine to give thanks for a baby’s first month of life. Depending on the region, a baby will have his or her first shrine visit at around 31 days old (31 days old for boys, 32 days old for girls). However, it is perfectly fine to delay or even celebrate this milestone a few days earlier. After all, you have to consider mom’s condition, the baby’s health, and the weather.