Saturday, February 28, 2015

Winter 2014/2015

Assalamualaikum :)

I hope it's not too late to rant about winter 2014/2015 in Yonezawa. 
It's been a great great winter I should say where snow accumulation for this year is bigger than last winter. 

Series of snow storms and blizzards that happen every week. Or sometimes 4 or 5 times a week. In the news, they said in january, yonezawa has used almost 80% of the budget to clear off the snow. They need to increase the budget for snowi n february and march. Phewww! 

Ok here are some photos of winter :) 

Giving birth in Japan - The procedure


So once you know you are pregnant by  using home pregnancy test, you can go to any maternity private hospital or general (government) hospital to confirm your pregnancy. The hospital then will provide an official letter for you to bring to the city hall. The city hall then will register you in the list of women that are going to give birth in Japan. They will also give you coupon and new maternity book for your check-ups and all the details aboit your pregnancy will be written in the book. The importance of this registration in city hall is for us to receive the fund from the Japan government, about 420,000¥, about RM13,000 (today's currency) to bear the cost of giving birth in Japan. If your husband works in Japan, depending on the company, usually the company will also give you money to bear the cost. In my case, my husband's company gives us 200,000¥, which is about RM6000. So in total we will be getting 620,000¥ (About RM19,000). 

Fuh, imagine kalau bersalin kat Malaysia tu dah berapa kali boleh beranak dah kat prince court tu. Hehe. 

Alhamdulillah, I can say that in terms of health and giving birth here, Japan has to win it. I don't know if i haven't heard if any county in this world would give that high amount of money for parents to have a child. 

So here is the maternity book (right) And the coupons(left) provided here are used for every check-ups. 

Ok. Will update in the next entry soon. InshaAllah 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Expecting again :)

Alhamdulillah, all praises to Allah. 

We are expecting our second bundle of joy, which means Khayra will be having a new little brother or sister soon. The baby is expected to arrive on 10th May 2015. Spring baby! I am now at 28weeks of my pregnancy. So far alhamdulillah everything is good :) Please pray for our safety and smooth delivery, inshaAllah :)

This time, i don't want to miss this chance of sharing some details about pregnancy, and birth in Japan. I shall update some informations that maybe useful to some readers, inshaAllah. 

See you soon!