There are kinds of well-baby check-ups.
Home visit and check-ups by midwives
New mothers may feel anxious because they are not used to life at home with their new baby
Please submit the yellow postcard in your boshi-techo (maternal and child health handbook) to the ward office (kuyakusho) or health center.
A public health nurse or midwife will visit your home before your baby is aged 4 months. During the visits she will weigh the baby and listen to any worries or concerns you may have.
There is usually only one visit, but follow-up visits can be arranged if you need more consultation time or advice. Please let your local health center know your wishes.
At health center
Health center offers checkups for your child at 4 months, 18 months, 3 years and 5 years of age respectively. It is free of charge.
The purpose is to find illness or abnormalities earlier if there is, to provide information or advice with the development of your child and give you child-care consultation.
We also offer checkup for children at 10 months of age. You can have this 10-month checkup if you want to have advice on your child’s development or child-raising.
You will receive letters for schedule of checkups for 4 months, 18 months, 3 years and 5 years. You will be informed the schedule for 10 month checkup at 4 months checkup if needed.
Health Promotion Section, Sapporo Public Health Office