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Aiiku hospital no longer offers perinatal care

March 26, 2009

Photo04I just found out that the hospital I was born at, Tokyo’s Aiiku Hospital, just delisted itself from the official registry of perinatal clinics because they don’t have enough doctors. Sad! The hospital, whose name Aiiku is a combination of the kanji for “love” and “grow,” is the first of what could be many to delist because it couldn’t solve the problem of understaffed, overworked doctors. (If you’re listed, it apparently means you have special equipment for dealing with complicated pregnancies.) The hospital was founded in 1938; it’s where Princess Kiko gave birth to her baby prince in 2006.