franchute wrote:We went to several clinics (Ricardo Palma, Clinica Internacional, Clinica Santa Isabel, Clinica Limatambo...) but we finally decided to choose the Clinica Good Hope, for the following reasons:
My wife and I looked at Good Hope, but rejected it as too clinical. We were told that it was not certain that I would be permitted to attend the birth -- it would depend on the doctor on duty. This was not acceptable to us, so we carried on searching. I felt that the culture was of the doctor being right and everyone being respectful to him. Maybe we were given the wrong impression. However, the picture in the foyer of Jesus and a group of all male doctors doing surgery didn't help. After all God is a man! Altogether we were sufficiently freaked to leave it behind. We were hoping for a much more feminine approach to birth. Were we wrong about Good Hope?
I was personally able to attend the birth, I have been asked to come in right before they started the c section (very impressive by the way) and I have been asked to follow my baby to the newborn room right after birth. This is indeed something that you may be required to request to your doctor but that's mere formalism.
I am not much into religion and I must admit that at first I had some doubts due to the clinic being owned by a church and paintings of Jesus and others biblical reference in many places in the clinic. However it is not overwhelming at all, and I was told by my doctor that the vast majority of the employees and practicians are not adventists or fervent catholics. Apparently this is not a requirement for working there.
lizzym wrote:Kevin, thanks so much for the info, I'm sure there are lots of others in the same position. It sounds very much like what I was hoping for, price, practices and all. I'll look into it, and take the bf with so he can ask in Spanish what happens if baby comes on a Friday or Saturday!
There are attending emergencies 24/7 and doctors are doing shifts in the new born section, don t worry about it.