Tatami or Bed

Posted April 3rd, 2011 in Ume's Interests 2 Comments »

Hiro will be 1 month old tomorrow!  … Still 1 month?  I feel like it’s been months.  He is now very chubby and much heavier than few weeks ago.  The face is getting really round!

One of my friend in Japan is having a baby boy soon, and I was chatting with her on the phone the other night.  She said that she’s decided to give birth in a tatami room in the hospital.  I didn’t know there is an option of tatami delivery room in Japan.  It sounds really … Japanese, isn’t it?

The tatami room in the hospital is really like a room in ryokan (Japanese style hotel).  There’ll be a set of white futon on tatami, and that’s where my friend is pushing her baby out!  Tatami is cushiony, and you can move around freely, so I guess it’s pretty comfortable for mothers.

My another friend told me that her sister gave birth in a tatami room too.  She said it was just like giving birth at your own home.  Besides, there’s no lock on the door in tatami room, so her aunt and father just opened (slid) the door and walked in while sister was pushing the baby – saying “hey, how are you doing?” :p  No privacy!

2 Comments on “Tatami or Bed”

  1. 1 Anna said at 9:17 am on April 4th, 2011:

    Happy 1 month old to Hiro-chan!! Ume he is gorgeous… 🙂 Does he look more like you or ur hubby? Anyway Hiro is looking very well, happy & content so you’ve done well! Hope you’re enjoying motherhood. 🙂

  2. 2 umepontarou said at 4:30 am on April 5th, 2011:


    I think Hiro looks more like D… especially the nose, mouth and eyebrow! 🙂

    I couldn’t have done this without D, he’s been a great help. Parenting is a really hard job, both physically and mentally – it’s true! But it’s also rewarding…

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