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Center for Maternal, Fetal and Neonatal Medicine

Specialized medical services

KIMURA Tadashi Director of Center for Maternal, Fetal and Neonatal Medicine

KIMURA Tadashi
Director of Center for Maternal,
Fetal and Neonatal Medicine

The birth of a new life creates great joy and excitement. However, if there is some problem with the mother or the baby inside her, groups with expert knowledge and skills must respond promptly through close team medical care, while applying their respective characteristics.
The Center is focused on Obstetrics and Pediatrics (the Neonatal Group), and has built a close network of various specialized medical departments, including the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment, Trauma and Acute Critical Care Center, Pediatric Surgery, Cardiovascular Surgery, Neurosurgery, Department of Genetic Counseling and Anesthesiology, to protect the lives of both mother and child.
Unnecessary medical intervention is avoided if the mother and child are in good condition, but if there is a risk which threatens a healthy future, the concerted efforts of the Center are applied to its diagnosis and treatment. At the same time, we actively strive for safe, painless childbirth, and hope that the Center will be used not just for high risk and complicated pregnancies, but by all pregnant women in general.

Director KIMURA Tadashi
Deputy Director KITABATAKE Yasuji

Features

  1. We are one of six general perinatal medical centers in Osaka Prefecture.
  2. As a major feature of a university hospital, a full array of internal medicine and surgical departments are available, and by always working in close cooperation, we can provide highly specialized medical treatment. We also accept cases of high risk pregnancy widely and proactively using our 24-hour maternal transport system (OGCS: Obstetric & Gynecologic Cooperative System).
  3. As one of seven medical institutes in Osaka which accept the most severe maternity complications, we actively work to improve the situation of the mother’s life in collaboration with the Trauma and Acute Critical Care Center.
  4. The Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment was opened in 2015. This enables early diagnosis, advanced specialized medical treatment, and state-of-the-art treatment of fetal diseases diagnosed before birth.
  5. We are actively working toward childbirth free from labor pains. Painless labor has less pain, and has the advantage of being able to calmly give birth, but it is generally necessary to plan the birth date in advance, and there are cases where induced labor is carried out. Our hospital is of the few that can handle painless labor on a 24-hour basis (2016/12/25 Nikkei Shimbun) by an obstetrics anesthesia team with anesthesiologists, and we can flexibly deal with a choice of delivery methods.
  6. After birth, in addition to advanced intensive care management in an NICU, we can provide advanced medical care in specialized fields of pediatrics (cardiovascular, nerve, endocrine, kidney, blood, etc.) through collaboration with the Center for Pediatric Diseases. We also provide careful follow-up after discharge together with the Department of Genetic Counseling and the Center for Developmental Medicine and Child Psychiatry, we watch over children’s healthy growth and development.

Considerations in referring your patients to the Center for Maternal, Fetal and Neonatal Medicine

[Pregnancies]
Cases of pregnancy are basically accepted every day. Please arrive at the reception by 11:00 a.m. with a letter of introduction. In particular, if you would like introduction to a specialist clinic, it is best to refer to the table of outpatient services. Specialist clinics have a group practice system. Please note that due to the special nature of a university hospital, replacement of doctors may occur. Please refer complicated pregnancies on Wednesdays and Thursdays, high-risk obstetric cases (such as placenta previa, placenta accreta, giant myoma) on Wednesdays, and cases of fetal diseases and prenatal diagnosis on Tuesdays and Fridays.
[Neonatal cases]
Outpatient follow-up of newborns after discharge is done on Tuesdays and Fridays by Neonatal Follow-Up Clinic. Please consult the table of outpatient services when making referrals.

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Guide for Visitors
Outpatient consultation days
Monday to Friday
Non-consultation days
Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays
New Year’s Holidays:
Dec. 29 to Jan. 3
Consultation times
First visit: 8:30 am to 11:00 am

First-time visitors to Osaka University Hospital must have a referral from a physician.

Revisit: 8:30 am to 11:30 am
Revisit with appointment: 8:30 am to 3:00 pm

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