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High risk pregnancy in Japan

Japan With Kids - Forums: Health Topics: Pregnancy/Birth/Childrearing: High risk pregnancy in Japan
By Jacksmum on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 7:19 pm:


I am moving with my husband and son to Japan in approximately 3 months - possibly September or October. We currently reside in the USA but are Australian expats. I am currently 36 and do not have a great obstetric history. I have a history of a stillbirth at 30 weeks and following the loss of our son I suffered a ruptured uterus. A high risk pregnancy specialist here in the USA has given us the ok to try for another child and if we were to continue to live here in the US we would definitely be doing that. I am trying to ascertain what kind of support there is in Tokyo or Yokohama for a high risk mother to be.. I would almost certainly require hospitalisation during another pregnancy..What high risk specialists are available to me ect. I already have one son who is nearly five so I don't feel it's realistic to travel to the USA or Australia for a pregnancy and birth. Is there anyone out there who can help me out with some current information regarding high risk pregnancies for an expat woman.

By Jbrodie on Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 9:44 am:

Hello Fellow Aussie
I recommend Dr H. Sakamoto. His clinic is opposite Tokyo Tower & close to public transport. He is very good and very personable. He's fluent in English & Japanese & has an ultrasound machine in his rooms, so you get regular scans during your visits to monitor progress. I was a high risk pregnancy as well as my little one is now 5 mths old. I must warn you though that having a baby in Japan is not cheap, particularly hospitalisation. Good luck!

By Jacksmum on Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 10:58 am:

Thank you, so much for your reply.. I was a little uncertain how current this forum was.. I have read Dr. H Sakamoto's name a few times so it is a good place to start..

When you say hospitalization is expensive, do you mean really really expensive!! Our company, I assume will sort our medical cover out, but are you meaning out of pocket expenses?? Does private health insurance not cover hospitalization??

Anyway.. Thanks so much again for replying.x

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