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Pregnancy and Child-Raising

Registration of pregnancy

Bring your pregnancy notification to the Maternal and Child Prenatal/Postnatal Care Center counter at the Shibuya Public Health Center as soon as possible after learning of your pregnancy. Upon registering the pregnancy, you will be given a Mother and Child Health Kit containing the Mother and Child Health Handbook and health checkup vouchers. Registration of pregnancy affords access to a variety of services for the health of you and your child.

Mother and Child Health Handbook
This handbook is for keeping a record of your health exams during pregnancy and about your child. You must bring this handbook along for your child’s health exams and vaccinations.

Health Checkup Vouchers and Ultrasound Checkup Vouchers
These vouchers enable you to receive designated subsidized physical examinations at approved medical facilities. You will receive 14 vouchers per pregnancy for health checkups as well as a voucher for an ultrasound checkup.

Subsidies for hospitalization costs
Hospitalization and medical fees are subsidized for women who suffer from pregnancy-induced hypertension and similar conditions. There are income restrictions.

Prenatal classes
These courses offer pregnant women and their partners lectures on pregnancy, childbirth and childrearing, as well as instruction on how to bathe infants. English interpreting services are available during certain months.

Regional Health Division, Maternal and Child Prenatal/Postnatal Care Center
Phone: 3463-2409

Infant and toddler health

Medical checkups

The city provides free medical checkups for the maintenance of infants’ health.
Checkups for infants aged 3 to 4 months, dental checkups for 18-month-olds, and medical exams for 3-year-olds (internal and dental) are held at the Shibuya Public Health Center and public health consultation centers during designated times of the year. Health checkups (internal medicine) for infants aged 6, 9, and 18 months are conducted at approved medical facilities.

Vaccinations

Shibuya City provides vaccinations to prevent infectious diseases. Periodic vaccinations are available free of charge for diphtheria, pertussis , tetanus and polio (DPT-IPV); diphtheria and tetanus (DT); BCG; Hib; Pcv measles and rubella (MR); and Japanese encephalitis. A vaccination record slip is mailed to children in the eligible age groups. There are also subsidies for voluntary Rotavirus; Hepatitis B;Varicella; Mumps; Influenza(Yearly) vaccine vaccinations. Please call the number below for more information.

Regional Health Division, Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Section
Phone: 3463-2416

Medical expense subsidies

Medical expense subsidies for infants and toddlers

Subsidies are provided for children who live together with their parents in Shibuya and are enrolled in health insurance in Japan for personally borne expenses incurred when receiving health insurance-covered medical treatment. Children up to 15 years old are eligible; these subsidies are offered until the first March 31 after the child reaches 15 years of age.

Child and Youth Affairs Division, Child-raising Benefit Section
Phone: 3463-2558

Subsidies for children with chronic illnesses

Subsidies are provided for individuals under 18 years of age who suffer from designated chronic diseases or mental disabilities (only those who are hospitalized) for the individual costs incurred for health-insurance-covered medical treatment. Partial payment of individual costs may be required, according to the recipient’s income level.

Medical expense subsidies for infant care services

If the newborn is premature and the physician recommends hospitalization, or if the newborn weighs 2,000 grams or under, then the individual costs incurred for health insurance-covered medical treatment will be subsidized if hospitalized in one of the designated hospitals. Partial payment of individual costs may be required, according to the recipient's income level.

Medical assistance for children with disabilities or debilitating illnesses

If the child is under 18 years of age and has a physical disability, or if he/she currently has an illness that, if left alone, may lead to a physical disability but has a chance of improvement if operated on, then the individual costs incurred for health insurance-covered medical treatment will be subsidized if treated at one of the designated medical institutions. There are income restrictions.

Regional Health Division, Community Healthcare Section
Phone: 3463-2404

Child allowances

Various allowances are provided to the parents and legal guardians of children domiciled in Shibuya.

Child and Youth Affairs Division, Child-raising Benefit Section
Phone: 3463-2558

Child allowance

This allowance is provided to a person raising a child up to the first March 31 after the child reaches 15 years of age. The allowance amount varies depending on the birth order and age of the child. There are income restrictions.

Child-rearing allowances

This allowance is provided to the person raising a child (up to the first March 31 after the child reaches 18 years of age) who does not have a mother or a father, or whose mother or father has a severe disability. Income restrictions apply.

Child support allowances

This allowance is provided to the person raising a child (up to the first March 31 after the child reaches 18 years of age; under 20 years of age if the child has a mid-level or greater disability) who does not have a father or mother, or whose father or mother has a severe disability. There are income restrictions.

Medical subsidies for single-parent families

This subsidy is provided to the person raising a child (up to the March 31 after the child reaches 18 years of age; under 20 years of age if the child has a mid-level or greater disability) who does not have a mother or a father, or whose mother or father has a severe disability, for a portion of the medical expenses (the individual costs incurred for health insurance-covered medical treatment) for the child and person raising the child. Enrollment in a health insurance plan of Japan is required. There are income restrictions.

Child-rearing (disability) allowances and special child support allowances

These allowances are provided to the person raising a child under 20 years of age who has a mid-level mental or physical disability. There are income restrictions.

Child-raising

Day nurseries

There are 21 city nurseries, nine private nurseries, and one private kodomo-en facility in Shibuya for the care of children whose parents both work or who, due to illness, are unable to look after their children. Please contact the Nursery Division for enrollment details.

Temporary nursing for emergencies
Shibuya City day nurseries take care of infants and children on a temporary basis in times of emergency, such as parents' sudden sickness or childbirth.

Nursery Division, Day Nursery Admissions Section
Phone: 3463-2492

Child and Family Support Center

Provides comprehensive support in matters concerning children under 18 years of age and their families.
Address:3-18-33 Jingumae
Phone: 0120-135-415

Childcare Counseling Centers

General consultation on daily child-raising issues as well as emergency short-term nursing care services are available for parents/guardians who are raising children.

  • Honmachi Childcare Counseling Center(Address: 4-9-7 Honmachi, Phone: 0120-03-1152)
  • Hatomori Childcare Counseling Center(Address: 5-9-1 Sendagaya, Phone: 0120-05-1152)
  • Daikanyama Childcare Counseling Center(Address: 7-9 Daikanyamacho, Phone: 0120-87-1152)
  • Tomigaya Childcare Counseling Center(Address: 1-46-4 Uehara, Phone: 0120-26-1157)
  • Nakahata Sasazuka Childcare Counseling Center(Address: 3-3-1 Sasazuka, Phone: 0120-25-7044)
  • Hiroo Childcare Counseling Center(Address: 5-8-2 Hiroo, Phone: 0120-81-4152)

Family Support Center

Those who would like to receive assistance in child-raising and those who are able to offer child-raising assistance register as members, and the center serves as a liaison to refer people as necessary.

Address: 5-2 Udagawacho
Phone: 5457-0221

 

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