Chucky wrote:Some questions:
Since not all doctors/clinics are created equal, I would like to get her the best medical care in Lima. Does anyone have recommendations in this regard?
There has been mention that c-sections are performed for monetary/efficiency reasons rather than medical complications. Can anyone shed some light on this?
It depends what you consider the best care. Apparently for Peruvians it means being very medicalized. So the "best" clinics try to help the birth with meds and c-section pretty fast (but provide good service). That was the reason why I decided not to give birth in Peru (I received a lot of advice at the time from women who did give birth in Lima and I couldn't handle the idea of being operated). It's very possible that if she already had a c-section, they might do it the second time. It's known that there's a slightly higher risk to give birth naturally after a c-section, but in N.America, women usually have a chance to still try. It's something she'll have to discuss with her doctor and unless she really wants to try to give birth naturally, the doctor can always find reasons why it's not a good idea. But it will be her decision. In the case, she was looking for a less medicalized clinic, there's one called Hogar Maria, she can look it up in the yellow pages. They're into more "human" birth, as they call it.
I wouldn't recommend Clinica Ricardo Palma, my baby was treated there after an accident (broken leg) and there was absolutely no compassion, it was all about money. He wouldn't even get pain relief until my ex did the line up at the cash to pay. And he wouldn't be released until we paid, and even though we had the money, we had to wait until someone finds the time to give us the amount, do the lineups in different places, etc. It was ridiculous. I had to do a scandal so that somebody actually gives us the bill, otherwise my baby was going to spend the night in the post-operating room. I wouldn't trust a place where money comes before the person.
I also asked for info about giving birth there (before my son's birth obviously) and I noticed that most of the obstetricians were associates in the clinic, which in my opinion would make them biased (the most interventions they would perform, the more money the clinic would get).
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