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Pregnancy and Childbirth(妊娠と出産)

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Information from 妊娠から出産まで (From Pregnancy to Birth, in Japanese) on Oshu's website.

When You Find Out You're Pregnant

Have a healthy pregnancy and a safe delivery.

Notification of Pregnancy

As of January 2016, a line for your Japanese social security number (kojin bangou, "my number") has been added, and it's legally required to input this number along with some form of personal ID.

Please bring the following items when going to notify:

If the Pregnant Person Notifies

  • Notification of Pregnancy (from your healthcare provider, when you know the due date)

  • Japanese social security ("my number") card/notification card of the same, and some official ID (driver's license, passport, etc.)

If a Proxy Notifies Instead

  • Proof of the pregnant person's Japanese social security number (a copy is fine)

  • Proxy letter (downloadable below)

  • Proxy's official ID (driver's license, passport, etc.) plus their hanko stamp

◎ Where to Get Your Mother (Parent)-Child Health Handbook

See the document below.

* Once you know you're pregnant, be sure to put in a notification and get your health handbook as soon as possible.

* General pregnancy checkup cards are also distributed.

Distribution of Pregnancy Healthcare Fee Certificates

You can apply for and receive this certificate at the same time as the Health Handbook (except for at Isawa Yuyukan.)

Details here (what to bring, etc.) [PDFファイル/460KB]

General Pregnancy Checkups

With a general pregnancy checkup card, you can receive healthcare from providers within Iwate. If you plan on going outside the prefecture for your healthcare, please mention this.

How to Get Out-of-Prefecture Pregnancy Healthcare [PDFファイル/71KB]

Labor Healthcare

With a labor healthcare card, you can receive healthcare from providers within Iwate. If you plan on going outside the prefecture for your healthcare, please mention this.

How to Get Out-of-Prefecture Labor & Delivery Healthcare [PDFファイル/71KB]

Pregnancy Support Funds

All pregnant people with an Oshu city address are eligible for 30,000 yen of financial aid to help with transport fees etc. for pregnancy-related healthcare. You can apply for these funds when you get your Health Handbook, or during moving-in procedures.

Notice to All Pregnant People in Oshu [PDFファイル/383KB]

Lodging Aid for Pregnancy

Pregnant people who plan to stay in a lodging facility until labor and delivery are eligible to have some of the costs of their stay subsidized. You cannot apply after moving out of Oshu.

Notice to All Pregnant People in Oshu [PDFファイル/383KB]

Subsidized Taxi Tickets for Pregnancy

Discount tickets to take taxis are provided to pregnant people and new parents to support their safety and peace of mind around giving birth and childrearing. Pregnant people with an Oshu city address are eligible for this service.

Types of Discount Taxi Tickets

(1) Tickets to Support Going Out: Usable when going out for shopping, doctor's appointments, etc.

(2) Tickets to Support Labor & Delivery: Usable when going to a medical facility for a doctor's appointment, labor/delivery healthcare, etc.

※ Both types of tickets are valid for up to one year after the issue date on the Health Handbook.

Procedures

  • Get your taxi tickets when you notify about your pregnancy (when obtaining your Health Handbook)

  • If applicable, bring your Health Handbook with you for moving-in procedures

※ Please see below for details about this taxi ticket system and participating taxi companies.

April 1st, 2022: Participating Taxi Companies Will Increase [PDFファイル/437KB]

Taxi Tickets Pamphlet: Usage Guide [PDFファイル/779KB]

Parenting Classes (by appointment)

A space to talk, make friends, and get ready for a peaceful birth. Talks on dental health and nutrition, plus childcare simulations and free chat time.

Details about Parenting Classes (2022 ed.) [PDFファイル/403KB]

Parenting Classes for Both Parents (by appointment)

Learn all about pregnancy, giving birth, and parenting, as well as getting ready for a peaceful birth. A space to develop feelings about the process of cooperatively co-parenting your new child as partners. Experiential classes (how to give a bath, how it feels to be pregnant) and talks on dental health, nutrition, instructional videos, and more.

Details about Parenting Classes for Both Parents (2022 ed.) [PDFファイル/416KB]

When the Baby is Born

We in Oshu are cheering for you to raise a healthy baby.

After obtaining your Registration of a Birth, various other procedures are also required.

After Registering Your Birth

Get your vaccination appointment card and well child checkup card (for individual exams).

New Parent Support Funds

All new parents with an Oshu city address are eligible for 20,000 yen per baby, as financial aid to help with transport fees etc. for well infant checkups and postpartum healthcare. You cannot apply after moving out of Oshu.

Notice to All New Parents in Oshu [PDFファイル/377KB]

Procedures for Care of a Premature Baby

Under the Maternal Health Act, there is a payment system for premature babies' hospital care.

(Details here) [PDFファイル/389KB]

Subsidized Fees for Newborn Hearing Check

Why a Newborn Hearing Check?

About 1 or 2 newborns per 1000 births will be born deaf or hard of hearing. In such cases, early detection is very important for determining appropriate treatment, and for the child's linguistic and emotional development.

About the Newborn Hearing Check

Newly born babies' hearing is checked around two days after birth, or sometime before being discharged from the hospital. (Healthcare providers can also do the test up to a month after birth.) It consists of speaking in a whisper to a sleeping baby and watching for their reactions. It's painless and takes a few minutes.

Subsidized Amount

The first hearing check is subsidized for up to 2000 yen per person (see "Financial Help for Newborn Hearing Tests" at the bottom of this page for details.)

Home Visits

By 4 months, every house with a newborn is visited by a midwife or a public health nurse. You can talk about parenting and postpartum health, and get information about resources related to childrearing.

Postpartum Care Services

So you can raise your baby peacefully after birth, you can access overnight, daytime, or in-home postpartum care, as well as consultations on breastfeeding and childrearing. Applications required; contact Oshu City Health Promotion Office or your local health office for details. As of January 12th, 2022, overnight and daytime postpartum care services are suspended for the time being. In-home care services will be continuing as normal.

Details about Postpartum Care Services [PDFファイル/439KB]

Application for Postpartum Care [PDFファイル/463KB]

Contact

Children and Health Division, Health Promotion Dept.,Parent-Child Future Section (0197-34-2171)

Esashi Gen. Branch Health and Welfare Group, Health Promotion Dept. (0197-34-2523)

Maesawa Gen. Branch Citizen Welfare Group, Health Promotion Dept. (0197-34-0275)

Isawa Gen. Branch Health and Welfare Group (Yuyukan), Health Promotion Dept. (0197-46-2977)

Koromosawa Gen. Branch Citizen Welfare Group, Health Promotion Dept. (0197-34-2370)

Downloadables

Mother (Parent) Child Health Handbook Distribution Procedures [PDFファイル/206KB]

Pregnancy Notification Form [PDFファイル/111KB]

Proxy Letter (English explanation) [PDFファイル/464KB]

Financial Help for Newborn Hearing Tests [PDFファイル/93KB]

Covid Notice

Pregnant workers are entitled to equal treatment in the workplace, including when they receive Covid-19 related pregnancy accommodations. See below for details.

Have Questions? Contact Your Local Equal Employment Office [PDFファイル/160KB]

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