[KS] Re: Re: gynecologists
thales at animail.net
Wed Aug 30 09:50:11 EDT 2000
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As a researcher in Korea and a woman expecting her first child, I
feel that I should comment. First of all, I understand what Mr.
Savenije is going through. Being accustomed to the system in the
States, there were many things that initially confused me upon
officially entering the system as a mother-to-be. What scared me the
most (and I do mean to say "scared") were the stories that my sisters-
in-laws and friends told me about their birth experiences. There is
very little education about the birth process for mothers,
restraints, enemas, etc. I won't go into all the details. This is
why I've decided to leave Korea a month earlier to give birth within
the system that I feel the most comfortable.
However, Korea is different from the States and from other
countries. So, regardless of whether the system here is a Western-
style system started by a Canadian, we have to remember that it won't
be the same because it is a different country. In the States, women
are given a lot of choice in the way they want to give birth, whether
they will receive medication or not, etc. The system is not perfect,
as Ms. Kim pointed out, but it works for a lot of people. Doctors
are a little hyper about things in the States, but I think they
should be (especially if they have patients like my older sister, who
worried about everything in the book). There are also lots of
debates about natural vs. medicated childbirth, doula/midwife vs.
doctor, etc. At least I get a choice. I also echo Ms. Kim in stating
that Holland seems like a really cool place to give birth. Too bad
I'm not from Holland.
The medical system here in Korea works for many Koreans. Except, I
must add, the current strikes which are preventing me from getting
the adequate prenatal care that I feel I need--but that's another
story. I'm especially impressed with the beliefs associated with
after-birth care--eating of seawood soup, staying indoors and as hot
as possible, etc. These are adhered to because these beliefs are
what many people are most comfortable with here.
Two more things: Mr. Savenije, you can travel via plane up to the 8th
month. You must get a note from your doctor if you feel the need to
fly after the 32nd week of pregnancy (although flying that late is
not recommended by any medical professional, Korean or Western).
And, best of luck in finding the best care with which you and your
wife are comfortable.
Hilary Vanessa Finchum
Care2 make the world greener !
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