Filed under #SSDD: Maternity leave and the “pregnancy rota” of the Japanese workplace are in the news again. I figured I’d add my 2 yen on the debate. After all, I discovered that I was pregnant a day after starting my new (and current) school.
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.
Giving birth in the US was never an option for me. I carefully considered the logistics of flying back to the US in my third trimester and finding a hospital which suited me. But, it just seemed impossible.
Being pregnant is a life-changing event. Being pregnant abroad is certainly nerve-racking, especially when you have to deal with linguistic and cultural barriers. Here’s a simple guide to help you navigate the very basics of being pregnant in Japan.
From my experience, breastfeeding is encouraged here in Japan. Just like natural births are the norm, it’s almost expected that new moms will breastfeed.