I gave birth to my son at Seibo Hospital back in January 2011. It was a nice experience aside from having to walk down the hall to take a shower and use the lavatory, and the meals were decent. When speaking to two of my friends who delivered at Sanno Hospital, they raved about the food and service so as soon as I found out that I was pregnant with my second baby I called Sanno for an appointment.
Note: Sanno Hospital is the “Ritz Carlton” of hospitals in Tokyo–it`s the hospital of choice for the Who`s Who List and celebrity scene. It`s pricey. Luckily my husband was smart enough to get international insurance before we decided to have kids so most of the cost was covered.
When I called to make an appointment at Sanno Hospital I was told that I first have to have a referral from my doctor stating that I was pregnant and that I want to be cared for at Sanno Hospital. Once I had that, I could make an appointment.
At my first visit I checked-in at reception, filled out a registration form, was given a Sanno Hospital card and headed to the OBGYN department on the 2nd floor. I handed-in my Mother and Child Handbook (boshitecho) then waited to see a doctor. The receptionist placed me with Dr. Takahashi (I had requested Dr. Oshiba–she`s the head of the OBGYN department and delivered both my friend`s babies, but she was busy with a long list of patients and would see me when I was further along in my pregnancy). Dr. Takahashi was great. She spoke fluent English and was also pregnant with her 2nd child. She asked me about my health, my previous labor and delivery then performed a pap smear. Since I didn`t have any questions, I was out of the office in about 15 min. Note: Meetings with your doctor are pretty short. If you have questions/need more information YOU HAVE TO ASK. Be proactive about your pregnancy.
At each check-up you will be asked to submit a urine sample, check your blood pressure and weight, and have an ultrasound. As your pregnancy progresses and you start to see the doctor every two weeks the check-ups will include:
• Urine test
• Blood pressure test
• Weight check
• Monitoring of foetus’ heartbeat
• Measuring the girth of your abdomen
• Internal pelvic examination
Things to know:
– Sanno does not take women with high risk pregnancies
– Epidurals are given during business hours 9am-5pm
– Circumcisions are given at the hospital
– Translators available
– They focus on the mother`s well-being post delivery (I felt that Seibo focused more on the baby`s well-being).
*Always have your Sanno Card, Insurance card, Appointment card and Mother & Child`s Handbook with you at each check-up.
My labor and delivery went smoothly (birth story here). Immediately after the delivery I asked when I could start nursing my baby. The nurses said from the next day as they wanted me to get a full nights rest. I was surprised and requested that I nurse my baby right away and that she room-in with me. They were a bit surprised, but granted my request.
The hospital was quite busy with 24 newborns (the nurses said it was unusual to have so many babies born in a short period of time) so I wasn`t given my first choice in rooms, but was transferred as soon as one opened up. They supplied a comfortable room with a toilet and shower, delicious food (your choice of western/japanese meals), impeccable service and truly cared for my well-being and recovery. I definitely recommend Sanno Hospital.
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My Sanno Hospital Delivery Experience
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