Tzuhui Hospital in Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan, is the first hospital in Japan to provide “anonymous childbirth” services. However, according to the Daily News on the 11th, “anonymous childbirth” has been opposed by the government and ignored by the society.
Ken Hirata, the president of the hospital, was warned twice by the local government.
“Anonymous childbirth” is mainly aimed at women who are unable or unwilling to raise a baby due to difficulties in life, including poverty and rape.
In May 2007, Ken Lotusda’s father and then chairman of Tzuhui Hospital, Taiji Lotusda, established Japan’s first abandoned baby shelter to receive abandoned babies. It has also since then that Tzu Hui Hospital has begun to provide telephone consultation services for women in need.
In 2019, Cihui Hospital, as the first hospital in Japan to introduce an anonymous delivery system, provides delivery services for women who have unwanted pregnancies and want to give birth anonymously.
This is also to prevent the abandonment of infants and ensure the health of women and infants.
According to Asahi Shimbun, Kumamoto Mayor Izushi Ikushi issued a notice to Cihui Hospital last August, asking the hospital to stop “anonymous childbirth”.
However, Ken Lotusda said that he would not follow the advice of the municipal government.
Last November, Fukuda Hospital in Kumamoto Prefecture also began to provide “anonymous delivery” services.