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Update:March 29, 2015


Those who become pregnant should obtain a pregnancy notification (ninshin todokede-sho) at a hospital and submit it to the health center in their local ward (page., which will issue a maternal and child health handbook (boshi kenko techo) and explain the options for prenatal checkups and classes for mothers. The handbook is for recording health checkups during pregnancy and the history of the baby’s growth, and should be kept in a safe place. Handbooks in foreign languages are also available.
The health center also provides consultation services on pregnancy, childbirth and childcare.