Keiai Hospital, or as I like to call it Keiai Ladies Hotel, is a maternity and ladies clinic in Fujimi City in Saitama. They also have a pharmacy, a paediatric clinic and a fertility centre on the main premises and nearby they have a dental clinic too. It is a family run hospital, yet it is exceptionally modern while keeping a very friendly and comfortable atmosphere.
I have had two babies at the hospital and am about to have my third there. All of my antenatal and postnatal care has been at this hospital. My children’s paediatrician practises there too. I can not recommend this hospital high enough, between it’s excellent medical care, superior personal care, choice of ante- / postnatal classes, quality of services and pristine modern facilities as well as much much more.
The ladies clinic is separated into three parts; Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Anesthesiology. The Obstetrics Department looks after pre and postnatal care including labour and delivery and antenatal classes for Mother and postnatal classes for both Mother and child. The Gynaecology department offers general outpatient gynaecology care as well as family planning, fertility, menopause consultation, cervical cancer screening and gynecological surgery. The anesthesiology department administers the epidural and anesthesia for surgery.
Reception is open from 8.30 to 12.00 and 13.30 to 16.30 Monday through to Saturday. Doctor’s official hours are from 9.00 to 12.00 and 14.00 to 17.00, although they see people through lunch if you have checked in before 12.00. The phone number is 049-252-2121. Afternoons are generally less busy than mornings. Due to its popularity, it is not uncommon to have to wait upto two hours, and sometimes more, to see the Doctor during the morning hours. Afternoons patient flow tends to be a lot quicker.
There are 6 doctors on at any one time in the Obstetrics Department. You can request to see a particular Doctor. There is at least one English speaking Doctor. I speak Japanese to the Doctors, but when I don’t understand a particular word they are always able to tell me the English equivalent. There are at least three female ob/gyns. In total, I believe there are 14 ob/gyns including the Director of the hospital. Some of the nurses also have a bit of English. There is a nurses station beside the examination rooms, a non-stress test (NST) room, an x-ray room, a 4D scan room and other examination rooms in the obstetrics out patients on the ground floor.
There are a number of family facilities on site. On the ground floor there is a family toilet with nappy changing unit and a seat that you can place children upto 15 kilos into, pictured on the left, while you use the facilities! There is also a feeding room near that toilet with instant boiled water available, another nappy changing area, sink, microwave and comfortable seats. There is a coffee shop for patron’s use toward the back of the hospital. It also houses a baby shop. There is a small garden with a patio and terrace furniture for everybody’s use. There is a playroom that also offers child minding, beside the paediatrics clinic on the ground floor. For more details, please see my blog entry, “playroom at Keiai”. There is also a playground on the premises for patrons use. When you stay after giving birth there is a family shower room available, if you choose to have your family stay over. (That’s a whole other post yet to come!).
Prenatal visits are covered by the book of coupons you receive from your local government. For more information on that please read the attached PDF, A guide to living in Saitama. Pregnancy and childcare, from Saitama Prefectural Government. The cost of birthing at Keiai completely depends on what type of birth you choose and what type of room you opt for. Room prices (exclusive of medication or surgery costs) for 4 nights for a vaginal birth start at approximately 540,000 and for the 8 night standard stay for a cesarean they start at approximately 600,000, of which 420,000 is covered by the national health insurance. They have a standard room as well as deluxe rooms, premium rooms and the grand suite. All rooms have a toilet en suite, but the standard room does not have a shower. There is a public shower and refresh room available. All rooms have a pull out bed that for 2,500円 can be made up for a family member to stay over night. The grand suite can hold multiple guests. For each additional child you have at Keiai you get a discount. For a second child there is a 20,000円 discount, this is my third child so I will receive a 30,000円 discount. All meals (their food is absolutely out of this world!) are free for Mom and you receive 3 free meal coupons. I will do a separate post about the meals and costs for guests in the future.
Keiai hospital has parking available near the entrance of the obstetrics and gynaecology departments as well as a large car park around the back. There are two free shuttle bus services. One from Mizuhodai Train station which is on the Tobu Tojo Line and Yurakucho Subway and Fukutoshin Subway Lines and one form Yanasegawa Station on the Tobu Tojo Line. You can also walk from Mizuhodai Station, it takes about 20 minutes. The address is 526-1 Harigaya in Fujimi City.