I am a British woman (British husband) living in Japan and we're currently trying for a baby. If we've got lucky this month, baby would be due around April 26th. My question is, what would you say the pros and cons are of birth in Japan vs. UK? Although the cost of the flights and cost of Japanese hospital probably cancel each other out.
Japan: Pros - No flight, not as much hassle for visa and passport, continuous medical support throughout pregnancy.
Cons - Expensive, long hospital stay for birth (1 week right?), probably no English-speaking staff during delivery (I'm not near a major city).
UK: Pros - Cheap (free), English-speaking staff, more family support
Cons - Getting there, possible hassles with baby's passport and visa and getting back into Japan.
I could probably go back to the UK for 2 weeks (maybe 3 at a push) but babies often don't come on their due date so it could be a bit risky.
Does anyone have any thoughts or anything else I missed?