Sanikukai Hospital, a renowned medical facility located in Sumida Ward, Tokyo, has revealed plans to establish a “Baby Post” to provide care for babies and children whose parents are unable to care for them anonymously. In collaboration with the Tokyo metropolitan government and local wards, the hospital aims to launch the “Project to Protect the Life of Babies” by 2024, expanding its range of consultation services to address cases such as secret births and unexpected pregnancies. By strengthening and expanding its functions, Sanikukai Hospital endeavors to tackle various issues such as poverty, abuse, family breakdowns, and gender-related problems.
While this initiative takes shape, it is worth noting that Morgenroth, a medical corporation operating pediatric clinics in Koto Ward, Tokyo, had previously announced plans to introduce baby post boxes in the fall of 2024. However, there is currently no update on whether they have successfully secured the necessary locations. If Sanikukai Hospital’s efforts come to fruition, it will become the second medical institution in Japan to offer a dedicated space for parents to anonymously leave their babies.
Founded in 1918, Sanikukai Hospital is operated by the social welfare corporation Saikukai and was established by volunteers from the Tokyo Imperial University Christian Youth Association, now known as the Tokyo University YMCA. Committed to providing accessible maternity services, the hospital offers a wide range of medical departments, including obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, and surgery, serving approximately 120,000 patients annually. It also plays a crucial role in pediatric perinatal care and acute care, even during the challenging times of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, as evidenced by their provision of care to around 100 pregnant women who tested positive for the virus.
As the Tokyo medical community takes steps to address the welfare of babies and children in need, the establishment of a “Baby Post” at Sanikukai Hospital marks a significant development in efforts to ensure the wellbeing and safety of vulnerable young lives.
Through interviews with hospitals, it was learned that Sanikukai Hospital (199 beds) in Sumida Ward in Tokyo is preparing to establish a “Baby Post” to receive babies and children whose parents are unable to raise them anonymously. (Masanori Inoue)
We have entered this financial year with the aim of starting operations in 2024 as the “Project to Protect the Life of Babies,” which aims to expand the system of consultation services to deal with cases such as “secret birth,” where one does not reveal one’s identity outside the hospital, and unexpected pregnancy We have been coordinating with the Tokyo metropolitan government and wards.
“We will strengthen and expand the functions of hospitals to help solve issues that are greatly affected by poverty, abuse, family breakdown, sex, etc.” , which operates the hospital, is responsible for counseling services, and the hospital will establish a system to provide for confidential baby drop-offs and births.
◆ The plan in Koto Ward is not making progress in securing the location of the installation.
The first baby mailbox in Japan was installed at Jikei Hospital in Kumamoto City in May 2007 under the name “Stork’s Cradle.” In Tokyo, Morgenroth, a medical corporation in Koto Ward that operates pediatric clinics, has announced plans to set up baby post boxes in the fall of 2024, but at the moment they have not secured a location for them. If Sanikukai Hospital’s efforts take off, it will be the second medical institution in Japan to have a baby job.
Sanikukai HospitalOperated by the social welfare corporation Saikukai. It was founded in March 1918 by volunteers from the Tokyo Imperial University Christian Youth Association (currently the Tokyo University YMCA). He is known as a pioneer in maternity hospitals for the common people. It has a wide range of medical departments, including obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, and surgery, and is visited by 120,000 patients each year. It is also a center for pediatric perinatal care and acute care. During the coronavirus pandemic, we have received approximately 100 pregnant women who tested positive.
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