Ask Udder Smith: What to Expect When Expecting… Japan-style!
We’ve just confirmed I am pregnant with our first wee heifer — since this will be the first time giving birth, in any country, I wondered how Japan differs from Western countries?
Tickled Pink in Kobe
Congratulations! One of the happiest events for any bovine — to welcome a little one to the family herd.
First off, realize you do have choices in Japan, like any country — but you may have to search harder to unearth your choices in Japan. Here is a quick breakdown of typical birth and pre-birth practices in Japan:
– Painkillers are not a given. You must ask and search if you want a little help from your friendly meds.
– Your hospital stay will be much longer than in-and-out-in-24 hours; expect at least five days, much more if you have any complications.
– Fathers can be present at birth, but ask first and ahead of time.
-Typical tests are a little different in Japan than elsewhere. If you have any special concerns, make them known sooner than later.
-Support groups in English exist in bigger cities, especially Tokyo, but even in a small town, you can still find support if you go to your local city office with a list of questions and concerns. The internet, that great express-train of thought, can help, too.
-Home-births and water-births, with licensed midwives, are entirely possible.
-Food will be more important in Japan than in your home country — great nutrition and strict ideas on weight gain dominate in Japan.
To start you on your path of research, here is a link
Best of luck…. moooooos.