Pregnancy/Delivery/Infant care


  • Recommended Checkups for Expecting Mothers

    The common checkups that an expecting mother should take for healthcare are listed as follows.

    Common Tests Pregnant Women Must Take

Blood test Normal blood test Test for anemia, AIDS, German measles, etc. by testing the number and size of hemoglobin, red blood cells, and leukocytes in the blood
Blood-type test Test for ABO blood types and Rh factors
Syphilis examination Test for syphilis, which can cause fetal death or miscarriage
Hepatitis examination Test for hepatitis. If the mother has hepatitis, chances are high that the baby will contract it as well
Urinalysis Test for gestosis or diabetes by testing sugar and proteins, and test for urinary tract infections
Ultrasound examination Examination of growth development, location, size of the fetus and test for deformities by looking into the uterus

Giving Birth

Pregnant women can give birth at an OB/GYN office or a hospital. Women who have been receiving care at a public care center also need to give birth at an OB/GYN hospital as well. Preparations must be done before delivery so as to avoid any type of "panic situation." Two of the most common ways are natural childbirth and c-section.

  • Natural Childbirth
    • Natural childbirth is giving birth the natural way through the vagina, without the help of medication or machines. The perineal region may be cut to make birth easier.
    • Giving birth the natural way may be painful, but the pain disappears immediately after giving birth, and this is known to be the best method. Also, the hospitalization period is shortest, usually only 2~3 days, and it is also the most economical.
  • Caesarian Section (C-Section)
    • When natural childbirth is not an option, a c-section must be performed. This procedure is used in dangerous situations such as advanced-age birth, narrow pelvis or inverted babies.
    • A c-section is a type of surgery, and may lead to complications. For this reason, it is recommended to go through natural childbirth unless a c-section is completely necessary.

Infant care

Children under the age of five may go to day-care centers and kindergartens before entering elementary school. If you want to send your child to a day-care center or a kindergarten, you may qualify for a childcare or education subsidy depending on your family income.

Pre-Primary Education
Childcare Facilities
  • Childcare centers look after and educate children aged five or younger. They are usually called 'Children's Home.
  • Childcare centers offer education related to health, society, language, expressions, and exploration, to promote balanced development.
  • Kindergartens are offered to children between ages three and five.
  • Generally speaking, kindergartens do not teach classes offered at the primary school level, such as Korean language arts, mathematics, physical education, music, and arts. Kindergartens mainly offer fundamental education necessary for civic life.

* Source : Danuri (The multicultural family support portal site)