Day 3 of a maternity hospital stay in Japan

Day 3 of a 5 day stay for a normal natural birth in Japan, the last full day (“birth”day is counted as day 0). The day of the facial and foot massage. Also, the last physical check-up for Mama, before discharge.

Buffet breakfast day 3
Buffet breakfast day 3

I took a selection of tastes for breakfast again on day 3. After breakfast I took a nap, waking in time for my 9.30 appointment in the beauticians, where I had a foot massage and facial complements of the hospital. The facial included a chest and head massage. It was wonderful.

Waiting area for the beauticians and hairdressers.
Waiting area for the beauticians and hairdressers.

Lunch today was my 2nd favourite meal throughout my 5 day postpartum stay in the hospital (standard for a natural birth). It was Italian cuisine and included bite size tastes of various Italian cuisine. I didn’t get a photo of the soup.

La zuppa di oggi. (Not pictured). Boeuf au vin rouge braise en sauce pour quelques heures, servi avec des legumes de saison. Il mio piatoo di asagne in una piccola speciali. Frutti de mare, samonkisshu. Insalata di stagione
La zuppa di oggi. (Not pictured). Boeuf au vin rouge braise en sauce pour quelques heures, servi avec des legumes de saison. Il mio piatoo di asagne in una piccola speciali. Frutti de mare, samonkisshu. Insalata di stagione
Italian lunch dessert. Dolci Misto Caffe Pane
Italian lunch dessert. Dolci Misto Caffe Pane

On day 3 you are requested to hand in the outfit that you want your baby to wear home on discharge on day 4. You can bring something from home or you can use the vest and one of the two outfits that are gifted on day 2 (in the goodie bag pictured in day 2 account). Keeping in line with her older brother and sisters, I chose one of the gifted outfits. The designer is one of my favourite for newborns; “Helianthus“.

Outfit for baby on her release from hospital, gifted from the hospital
Outfit for baby on her release from hospital, gifted from the hospital

In the afternoon, those of us who were getting discharged the next day had our last physical examination before leaving the hospital. This includes bloods, urine samples, weight and blood pressure check and an internal exam.

Dinner that evening was my 3rd favourite of the stay. Named “Creative Japanese cuisine”. It was as artistic as it was delicious.

創作日本料理 Creative Japanese Cuisine
創作日本料理 Creative Japanese Cuisine
Creative Japanese cuisine
Creative Japanese cuisine
“Creative Japanese cuisine”

The dessert, Japanese wagashi, was from a famous wagashi store in Kawagoe.

Dessert of dinner on day 3 from a famous store in Kawagoe
Dessert of dinner on day 3 from a famous store in Kawagoe

After dinner, I had my last shower and last use of the massage chair in the refresh salon. Once again I fell asleep before the nurse made her rounds and I was thankful that she didn’t disturb me as I knew from the following day, it would be a long time before I’d be so rested again!

Halloween Ornament
Halloween Ornament

THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE FOR KEIAI HOSPITAL IS: http://www.keiaihospital.or.jp/

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Disclaimer: I had four wonderful birthing and pregnancy experiences at Keiai Hospital because it suited my needs. I always recommend you check that a maternity hospital meets your needs and requirements before you sign up to it.

0 thoughts on “Day 3 of a maternity hospital stay in Japan”

  1. Wow! Just wow. I don’t think there would be many five star resorts here in Phuket that could offer these type of meals and amenities! Good luck when you get home! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much for commenting. This is nothing like what I grew up with in Ireland, so I was completely surprised (pleasantly!) by all the luxury and the gifts during my visit. It really amplified the joy of the babymoon. 🙂

  2. Hi Elle,
    The photos of your Italian cuisine on day 5 really look delicious. As does the Japanese desert wagashi. I was in awe at the thought of a hospital beautician on-site for facials and foot massage? That’s sounds pretty amazing.

    1. Its wonderful isn’t it? We also have someone come to our room on day 2 I think it is, to give us a massage in our room. For my first 3 kids it was a full body massage, but this past “visit!” it was upper body only. It was still divine. The food is out of this world. And the best thing is, 85% of the cost is covered by the Government, we only had to pay what you would pay for a 3 day visit in the Coombe. There were so many wonderful services throughout the stay. It really added to the whole babymoon. 🙂 Thank you so much for commenting.

    1. Haha! The quote “if you can dream it, you can achieve it” comes to mind… but nah, it’s Ireland, so long as we get a cuppa in the hospital we’re happy, a sarny and we are emotional … and there is something very very nice about that. 🙂

  3. Ok, this place is awesome! Kind of makes me want to have another, but only if I can have it in Japan. 🙂 I loved reading these posts.

    1. Thank you so much for such lovely comments. My 4th child is only 8 months old… reading back over these is dangerous. LOL! I feel so blessed to have had such wonderful experiences in Japan, which is not the normal reaction among for foreigners in Japan. Like everything, there is such a mix of experiences, some are like something out of a horror movie. The one that freaks me out the most is the hospital that doesn’t let women shower until 4 days after birth AND doesn’t change the bedsheets. I get the heebeejeebees thinking about that. 🙂

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