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You can find answers of a few women here. What were they grateful for? What would they recommend to other women?
- That I would need a lot of special liners
- What can be done in labor
- I discussed everything I wanted to know with my doula and I think when the time came, I knew what to expect in terms of paperwork, labour, stay at the hospital, etc.
- More details of the postpartum procedures, like baby bathing, vitamin K, check ups from orthopedics, baby metabolic screening etc. I have found the army of different doctors bothering me all 3 days in the hospital non stop.
- Very good
- Very positive
- Very good.
- The birth itself was wonderful. 3 days to follow- nightmare
What do you think about the medical care, that you received (pregnancy, time of birth, postpartum hospital stay, newborn care)
- Pregnant: my doctor could hardly communicate with me, unfortunately I did not find another. Time of birth: bad, performed the kristeller maneuver, pulled the perineum before full dilatation, and sutured the tear, even though I said that the anesthesia did not work. Postpartum: medium, they did not care about my pain, my fainting spells, and my dinner was bread. Newborn care: good, but without the need to weigh the baby before and after breastfeeding and to allow time for breastfeeding (10 minutes each breast).
- It was excellent. The doctors and nurses did their best to make me feel good and taken cared of. The pediatrician was also excellent at explaining how to take care of my new born. Despite the language barrier, I felt at home.
- All except postpartum was good. For pregnancy, when I wanted to change gynecologist, no other took me as I was already pregnant.
What do you think about the social support and psychological care, that you received (in the hospital or elsewhere)?
- It could be better
- None received
- It was good. All the staff was nice and supportive and at home I was lucky enough to have ths support of my mom for a few weeks and that made a huge difference.
- In the hospital it was real psychological trauma from the stuff. They were not polite, very assertive, not patient.
- Where I’m from your personal gynecologist is who helps with the birth
- Yes, some maternities have humanized childbirth and breastfeeding on demand.
- As I had a home birth with my first daughter, it was not easy for me to go to hospital. I had to prepare myself to that
- Not really. I believe in my home country (Spain) they usually push women to deliver fast, they induce labour if they see it’s taking long (sometimes without even asking the woman), and they strongly recommend the epidural.
- Baby bath is not something good in first days. I was pushed by stuff to agree for it, they were telling how bot hygienic it is for baby to stay covered in the birth “dirt” . Finally bath was done in the same room where we were staying. It really stressed baby. There were too many people coming and going to the room for various checks, stressing baby and not allowing me to sleep ( check ups from 6 am to midnight). Also light in the room was always beating baby face. All end up us both coming home in huge stress and took week to calm down.
Was there something in our medical care system, that you were grateful for (and maybe is not a standard in your country)?
- It’s free if you have insurance
- in Brazil the majority is cesarian.
- The so called Golden Hour is not always followed in my home country and it was a blessing having my son with me for 2 hours straight
- They respected all my wishes, before performing any procedure they asked and respected my decission. I didn’t feel pressure or rushed. In addition, I was very grateful to have with me a doula that supported me before and during labour, I don’t think this is a common practice in Spain.
- All expenses including epidural are covered by insurance
Did you experience anything difficult for you, as an foreigner, while being pregnant or giving birth? What would you need in that situation instead?
- Fortunately, they spoke English
- I would like not to perform the kristeller maneuver, not pull the perineum and hear me when I said that the anesthesia for the suture had not worked.
- It was scary to think I wouldn’t be able to communicate in such a stressful situation, but at the end that wasn’t a problem at all. Apart from that, I didn’t feel any difference being a foreigner here.
- Just huge mentality difference and no willing from hospital stuff to understand situation and be more compassionate
- Thanks the nurse for her help and patience
- I would say to have more empathy with people.
- Thank you for respect my needs
- Thank you very much for all your support and care.
- Change jobs if you do not like what you do
- Language barrier is not always a problem
- study a lot about childbirth and breastfeeding, make a birth plan. My experience was not good, but trust me, it will be alright. having a child in the arms makes us overcome all this.
- Prepare yourself, ask, read and make a good, clear and solid birth plan considering all possibilities for the delivery
- Don’t worry too much, enjoy all the stages and phases, once they are over, you’ll miss them. Don’t fear the labour, your body is wise and the medical staff, midwives, doulas know how to guide you through the process. The calmer you are the better it will go, and once you hold your little one on your arms, all the pain, sweat and tears will dissapear.
- Don’t be afraid of birth and be strong after- follow your intuition and don’t let anyone decide for you even with medical authority
- I strongly recommend hiring the services of a doula or midwife. I can’t imagine how hard this process would have been without my doula. She answered all my questions, encouraged me in my decisions, gave me strength during labour, and made me feel calmer and relaxed.
- It might have been unique case of bad experience, unforced by postpartum hormones, so check more feedback and don’t rely just on mine