Teenager 1st to use hospital's "confidential birth" system

Kyodo -- Jan 05
A southwestern Japan hospital where women can give birth anonymously said Tuesday that a teenage girl who gave birth in December has become the first person to use the system, the only one of its kind in the country.
Jikei Hospital in Kumamoto Prefecture, which became the first facility in Japan to offer so-called confidential births in December 2019, said the girl only disclosed her identity to the head counselor of the hospital and has already been discharged.

The hospital decided to introduce anonymous births amid a rising number of women choosing to deliver without medical assistance to keep their pregnancies a secret. But the system has yet to be legislated in Japan due to numerous issues such as how to register the child.

The hospital said that the girl, who lives in western Japan, had expressed hope the child would be raised by another person through special adoption. She left an envelope containing copies of her identification cards for the child to open in the future if he or she wished, as well as a letter addressed to the child, it said.

The girl exhibited strong love for her child and her intention to return to the hospital, leaving the possibility that she may reveal her identity in the future, according to the hospital.

The girl had consulted the hospital last November over concerns that her relationship with her mother would be severed if her mother found out about the child.

熊本市の慈恵病院は病院にのみ身元を明かし匿名で出産できる「内密出産」を希望する未成年の女性が先月、出産したことを明らかにしました。 - ANNnewsCH