Giving birth in a foreign country: Good or bad?

Giving birth in South Korea!? Presenting their post-natal facility!

…of course, I also want to give birth at the sanhujoriwon, if money permits that LOL.

Japanese actress Koyuki recently gave birth to her second child in South Korea in a sanhujoriwon (post-natal healthcare facility) due to the fact that Matsuyama-san herself was impressed on the facility’s functions.

She plans to put up one in Japan.

Side Note: I’d like this facility to be in the Philippines. It should be a free healthcare facility for women who will give birth, regardless of social status. Kahit lying-in clinic, dapat andito rin sila, and those who are teenage moms who are willing to set their children for adoption, dapat may lawyer na rin sa hospital. Oh see? Mas ginawa pang innovative?

Giving birth in a foreign country: If you have the money

Well, as much as South Korea has a sort of dubiousness (society-wise), at least it has its own innovations. Hmmm… if I were rich enough, I might as well give birth there if I have a multi-millionaire hubby… oh diba? (However, since South Korea is a jus sanguinis country that does not even allow dual nationality, it’s safe, compared when giving birth in the United States.)

Everyone gives birth in the United States for their children to earn an American citizenship. For me, I’d rather give birth to my child STILL, in a jus sanguinis country because it is much safer compared when giving birth in a jus soli country.

List of people who gave birth in the United States (non-Americans, non-US citizens):

– Victoria Beckham => Harper Seven Beckham
– Jinkee Pacquiao => Queen Elizabeth Pacquiao
– Catherine Zeta-Jones => her two kids with Michael Douglas (dunno their names, but she never intended to earn US citizenship just like Audrey Hepburn)
– Heidi Klum => Leni Samuel and her two sons with Seal (she was born when Heidi was still yet to apply for US citizenship, same with the boys, Frau Klum became a US citizen in 2008)

Actually, giving birth in a foreign country is no big deal at all, if you just have the money. However, patriotic concerns do not allow this to happen if someone, let’s say, from Japan, wants to give birth to her child in Japan alone, regardless of her husband’s citizenship/nationality.

Women do not simply consider their home country as a conducive environment to give birth to their babies. In fact, some of them give birth in the United States of America due to citizenship issues (such as wishing their children to earn US citizenship) or maybe giving birth in the United Kingdom because of their excellent healthcare system/facility. Meanwhile, in South Korea, ten percent of the patients/clients in the sanhujoriwon (a Korean innovation) are Japanese people.

Now why the hell do people want to give birth in the United States? Not all people like to do so, actually. It only happens that some mothers consider the United States as their home rather than their “primary domain/base.” There is an issue where South Korean mothers intend to give birth to their children in the United States because they fear the mandatory military service for their soon-to-be male kids. For me, that is quite un-patriotic for South Koreans (some Koreans think that military service is for their own good, and therefore should never be taken for granted).

Giving Birth in a foreign country, for the royalty and government officials

Some royals were born in a foreign country, for instance, the King of Spain. Even King Rama IX of Thailand was born in the United States (he might have been a US citizen, but since Thailand does not allow dual nationality, it’s alright). However, I have never heard of a member of the Imperial Japanese family who was born in a foreign land (although Japan does not permit dual nationality, now that is patriotic enough, I think they’re setting an example as their society is still not yet truly open-minded to immigrants and gaijins).

If you’re working in the government, citizenship is a big deal. You only have to hold one citizenship because you’re representing the country itself. Some countries do not permit people who was born in a foreign land to run for president, vice-president, senator or a lawmaker (in the Philippines, you should be born in the Philippines to become a president, VP, senator or a congress official — I do not know why, but maybe to preserve something that I really do not understand, enlighten me please), whether they allow dual citizenship or not (oh, even the United States only allows natural-born US citizens to be a US President).

Countries that allow foreign-born nationals/naturalized citizen to participate in the government/politics:

South Korea – Lee Myung-bak was born in Japan, while Jasmine Lee is the first naturalized Korean citizen to enter politics as a Saenuri Party representative.

Japan – Alberto Fujimori, a Peruvian-born Japanese (and former leader of Peru), entered Japanese politics.

Australia – Julia Gillard, the first female PM of AU, is actually Welsh by birth.

Both South Korea and Japan do not allow dual citizenship, so it’s alright for their foreign-born nationals to run for politics, while Australia, not so familiar with their laws, but it allows dual nationality in some way.

Side Note: I am going to make a blog post about jus soli and jus sanguinis in my main blog and list all the naturalized citizens right there LOL and the political system of each country I am mentioning.

I think it’s not really bad to give birth in a foreign country, for as long as you have the money. That is very similar to have your teeth whitened in Thailand or maybe having your flat nose narrowed in South Korea. LOL.


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