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Japanese government steps up efforts to care for women who miscarry

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I got very cruelly criticized by my first OBGYN for not coming in when I miscarried because I could have potentially "saved my baby". Basically blamed me to my face for losing a very wanted child and told me to be more responsible.

It was Sunday. Start to finish was over in a horrifying 30 minutes. And I went in Monday and waited for 5 hours because I didn't have an appointment. To be yelled at.

I have never, ever, had a good experience with an OBGYN or midwife here. One time its unfortunate, two times it's bad luck, 3, 4, 5, on and on... the system is broken. I've had 3 total miscarriages, two in the first trimester, one in the second. A healthy child afterwards. I was treated like absolute sh*t every single time.

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It is a really good initiative, but how about fathers? Do they not need help as well?

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Japanese government steps up efforts to care for women who miscarry

how?

Are they going to wear the pregnancy belly to try to gain “perspective?”

Are they going to watch film on how to deliver a baby?

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shogun36Today  09:53 am JST

Japanese government steps up efforts to care for women who miscarry

how?

Are they going to wear the pregnancy belly to try to gain “perspective?”

Are they going to watch film on how to deliver a baby?

Counselling and mental support goes a long way for a start. My cousin recently miscarried for the 2nd time and it's really pushing her close to the edge this time. She can't even bear to see her parents being nice to her brothers young children now. Unfortunately they bear the brunt of her stress but all they can do is be there for her and her husband and help them through it.

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Completely indispensable measures to correct a problem that is surprisingly serious for a developed nation, it will help a lot of families to overcome something tragic and hopefully will eventually be extended to include related problems like infertility, sterility, parents being carriers of genetic defects, etc.

For this reason, there are cases when the hospital will take photos of the dead fetus and save them for a fixed period, even if the mother had not made such a request at the time of delivery.

It is understandable that hospitals do this to solve a problem that apparently is relatively common, but it open an ethical can of worms that has to be carefully considered. For example including this fact in the informed consent for the treatment.

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I had my pre checkups here, however, a couple months prior to giving birth I jumped on a plane and went to Guam and my son was born there. Excellent care, hospital stay private room and if I were to do it again Guam is where I would give birth and not here. Just a note, if you have your prenatal check ups done here and give birth there when you come back you can get money reimbursed.

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Good. Im all for it. DO more. Take care of the moms! Especially moms struggling every day just to put food on the table to feed the kids.

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When I find myself in times of trouble, the place I go looking for help is government.

Takes all sorts don’t it

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@savethegaijin

Sorry to hear that. I have the opposite experience with wonderful care and great OBGYN. The ones I saw spoke English and were used to foreigners so they (and their staff) were always great. Same at hospital for delivery but again I chose one recommended for the care to mothers and babies. I heard both good and bad experiences from mothers in Japan so I think it really depends where you choose to go.

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When I find myself in times of trouble, the place I go looking for help is government.

Takes all sorts don’t it

Right.. Women who suffer miscarriages are these miscreants who are defrauding the JGov.

Not The Unification Church or Dentsu or any of the usual suspects.

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Isn't this also a "MENTAL HEALTH ISSUE" that the government has not addressed? What makes one think the government will "step up efforts to care for women who miscarry"? Mental is Mental there is no difference!

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I feel sorry for those who have had a natural Miscarriage - they should never be blamed and should have all the mental and physical support needed for such a sad situation.

That said, with recent changes in Legislation in certain countries, I hope "Miscarriage" and "Abortion" do not become intertwined. Will a Miscarriage warrant a Police investigation - subjecting you to probes into your Facebook accounts, etc. etc. That would quite literally rub salt into the wound of a real Miscarriage situation, and I hope such witch-hunting is curtailed globally.

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Woman miscarries and Larry Flynt wants to know what about the fathers! Absolutely terrible. What about them? Are they in physical danger? Extreme pain? No. I miscarried in Japan 21 years ago and was treated like trash. I was heartbroken, my husband at work and couldn't get away, and the doctor was callous and cruel to me. What about the father? It is barely registering on the scale compared to the actual mother who is losing her baby.

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