[KS] Re: gynecologists
holleem at usa.net
Fri Sep 1 11:52:27 EDT 2000
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Henny's description of some of the "mandatory" things that women giving birth
in Korea must experience (mother and baby being separated immediately, father
not being able to be in the room during delivery, shaving of pubic hair,
urinate and defecate is mandatory) reminds me of the experience my mother had
giving birth in the US back in the 1960s. My father wasn't allowed to be in
the room and was expected to wait outside. She had to have an enema and have
her pubic hair shaved. Everything was extremely sterile. My mother was shocked
at the "homey" room my sister-in-law gave birth in at the hospital when her
grandson was born. So may we be reminded that our "superior" Western medicine
has also only recently become more friendly towards childbirth as well?
> >My wife is due in a couple of weeks and we found out a few curious facts
> >about gynecologists. First of all we have a hard time finding one, who
> >allows us to stay during the birth. We went to one, who didn't even
> >allowed me to stay during the internal investigation. Being the stubborn
> >Dutchman I am, of course I stayed. Pay in mind that in Holland it's still
> >customary that children are born at home and there are not many mothers
> >who would like to do that differently. A midwife comes to your house and
> >with the density of hospitals, in case something appears to be life
> >endangering, they can go to the hospital very soon.
> >First of all I was surprised that a cloth was hanging down so we couldn't
> >see what he was doing. Then the internal examination did hurt her a lot.
> >This is her second child and we never experienced anything like that
> >The closer the delivery comes the stranger things we hear. The hands of
> >the women are bound during the delivery (mandatory), they have to walk, to
> >the delivery table as the child almost comes out, the vaginal cut is
> >obligatory and after the delivery she HAS to walk back to another room and
> > just imagine the pain after your vagina has been cut? I am a man, but I
> > had an operation in a similar region and I know it hurts like hell.
> >It is advised not to take a shower for at least 5 days, others mention a
> >period of three weeks. Also it is advised NOT to brush your teeth during a
> >couple of weeks. The hepatitis injection is mandatory and they still slap
> >the baby on the bottom. The mother and baby are separated immediately.
> >You get medicine to urinate and defecate also mandatory, also the shaving
> >of the pubic hair is mandatory.
> >I think this is a rude way to enter the world as a new world citizen and I
> >think it's especially stressful for the mother, but also for the child.
> >Who said that Koreans are very fond of children and value mothers?
> "WOW!" I think that is the only word that can describe the feeling I am
> getting as I read these last few line of the most ethnocentric post I have
> ever read in an academic newsgroup/listserv. Very shocking.
> Jason Parker
> >Henny (Lee Hae Kang)
> >Feel free to visit
> >and feel the thrill of Hamel discovering Korea (1653-1666)
> >In Korean
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