The 15th Ichigo Ichie took place on Sunday, February 4. 43 participants (22 adults and 21 children) from Australia, China, Taiwan, U.K., Malaysia, and Japan had fun together. We began with singing, "If you are happy and you know it clap your hands" in four different languages.
Saran Wrap Ball Game
Having and Raising a Baby in Oklahoma, USAThe day's guest speaker, Shoko, made a presentation. She lived in Oklahoma from 2009 to 2016, and gave birth in 2012. Through the experience of pregnancy and childbirth there, the biggest difference was “insurance”, she said. Only necessary care/exams were covered by insurance, and she had no financial treatment for giving birth. So, the medical cost for pregnancy and delivery she paid was $6000 (approximately ￥650,000)!
Family members can attend the childbirth in America. Shoko’s husband was in the room for her C-section, but he fainted… She requested to keep the umbilical cord, as Japanese people do. The doctor accepted it, and also asked her if she wanted the placenta!