Finding a place to give birth

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Finding a place to give birth

Postby lizzym » Mon Jun 27, 2011 8:07 pm

So it seems I've got a bebito on the way (yay!) and the bf and I have been trying to find a good doctor. I scoured the older posts on this subject and found more information supporting what I have already heard: that c-sections happen far more often than necessary here, and that they're more expensive (also that these two things are often related.) But I wasn't able to find exactly the info I'm looking for.

My question is if anyone has any recommendations on specific doctors/clinics to go to that will not rip me off or cut me open without a darn good reason. I'm not in a prime position to be ripped off, and relatedly I'm looking for a place with middle-of-the-road prices, hopefully matched with good care. The place we went to today, the doctor wouldn't even tell me if c-sections were very common at the clinic (Hogar de la Madre), instead preferring to repeat the reasons why c-sections happen. Their policy is also that newborn baby gets formula, and every step of the way she assumed I would not care to breast feed, would not have the energy or desire to see my child while resting there for two nights, and additionally that my body would immediately stop producing milk anyway.

Any suggestions of more realistic doctors would truly be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.


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Re: Finding a place to give birth

Postby RyanI » Mon Jun 27, 2011 8:31 pm

Hi,
Try Clinica Montesur in Surco. We are using this hospital for our baby later this year. Not what we are used to back home but good enough. Try Dra Martha Oliveros. She is really friendly and compassionate.

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Re: Finding a place to give birth

Postby lizzym » Mon Jun 27, 2011 8:39 pm

That would be ideal considering we live not too far in Surco, also that Montesur gets all the recommendations. But unfortunately it's beyond our price range. *middle-of-the-road* prices are key
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Re: Finding a place to give birth

Postby Elok » Tue Jun 28, 2011 7:15 am

On a related note, my wife and I are looking for a good midwife--we want to try homebirth, because she feels hospitals in general are entirely too trigger-happy on the C-sections. Does anybody know of one?
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Re: Finding a place to give birth

Postby mariate » Tue Jun 28, 2011 1:02 pm

I recommend Dr. Angela Brocker of casa "Pakari", advocates natural homebirth. She is from Germany and have been working here for several years. Last time I visit their casa de nacimiento was in Av. Petit thouars 4534 Miraflores. She is a great person, very knowledgeable on the subject, not the type that push the c-sections.
Good luck!
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Re: Finding a place to give birth

Postby lizzym » Tue Jun 28, 2011 1:10 pm

I'm glad you recommended Pakarii, I was just looking into the place myself. While I might have to forego the epidural, it seems a viable alternative to accepting a doctor that I can't trust and crossing my fingers. Thanks for the rec!
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Re: Finding a place to give birth

Postby bmike1 » Tue Jun 28, 2011 3:42 pm

my wife WANTS a ceserean!" what a pain!
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Re: Finding a place to give birth

Postby chaska95 » Thu Jun 30, 2011 5:42 pm

Was just looking for the same information.While not quite in the family yet, we are starting the process of trying,including pre-physical workups as my darling partner and I are a bit on the older side. Any recommendations on good gynecologists, doctors as well, would be appreciated.

I'm also looking for someone who is into natural childbirth and won't pull the C-section trigger at the drop of a hat.I also want to breastfeed, so, finding someone who is supports both of these is key. I will definitely be looking into Pakari more.

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Re: Finding a place to give birth

Postby Danzadelausa » Mon Jul 25, 2011 8:47 pm

I would recommend a doula (a woman's acompaniant during the pregnancy period).

My cousin is a doula un NYC, and here in Lima, I know a young women, Marisel, who works out of her studio called Enana Blanca: http://www.enanablancaperu.blogspot.com/

I highly recommend Marisel and the nurturing team at Enana Blanca who will lead you towards finding exactly what you are looking for.

All the best!!

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Re: Finding a place to give birth

Postby chaska95 » Tue Jul 26, 2011 10:19 am

I had a chance to meet a couple of the obstetrices/doulas as well as Dr. Angela in Casa de Pakarii and found them all quite wonderful. We will be using their facility and services for sure - unless we get a bigger bath here at the house, which I don't see happening. We are still in the pre-conception stage, but wanted to find a doctor to work with throughout the process as we "get started." :)

Should anyone have any questions about our process, I'm happy to update or answer any PMs.

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Re: Finding a place to give birth

Postby Jalapenomel » Thu Sep 01, 2011 10:41 am

Thanks for this thread. We are in the process of doing the health insurance thing, and since maternity has a 1 year waiting period, I have been looking at other options. I am definitely interested in a water birth (as I was in the US), so thank you for posting the link.

Any other advice? Did you find out the cost of having a water birth here?
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Re: Finding a place to give birth

Postby franchute » Fri Sep 02, 2011 5:05 pm

Dear Lizzy,

My girlfriend gave birth almost 6 month ago and we were in the same situation as you are right now as the baby wasnt expected that soon.

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:

1) They offer a "Baby Hope" plan, that includes up to 12 pre birth controls, 3 ecographies, 10 psychoprophylaxis sessions (for getting prepared to child birth) 1 post birh control. It includes most of the other expenses (room, operation...) I don't remember the exact price but it was around 2700 soles for natural birth and 3900 soles for c-section birth. I had to pay for a few extra things (single rooms, extra analyses etc.) that weren't included in the package. .

2) The Clinic is owned by the Seventh day Adventist Church. Therefore, they tend to make all the efforts to avoid c-section comparing to other more business-orientated clinics (c-section is better "productivity" and cost effectiveness for them). Another advantage is that due to their religion they work full day on Sundays (but there is no attention on friday afternoon and saturdsday).

3) Good location (Malecon Balta, Miraflores), good reputation (I have seen many foreigners going there for example), good attention.

4) Psychoprophylaxis sessions are excellent. Their specialists are quite breast-feeding orientated and will give you all the information you need on that point. They also put you in contact with the "Liga de la leche" experts if you wish. Until know my baby is 100% breast fed and no one bothered us with baby formulas at the clinic.

For all this reasons I strongly recommend the Clinica Good Hope. I can also recommend the Dr. Italo Guttierrez Boudri as a Gynecologyst as he's been perfect with my girlfriend. We still go there for the "Niño sano" controls and the baby is perfectly healthy.

I wish you the best for that new adventure, do not hesitate and send me a pm if you need additionnal info.


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Re: Finding a place to give birth

Postby lizzym » Fri Sep 02, 2011 7:28 pm

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!

Thanks again
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Postby lizzym » Fri Sep 02, 2011 7:31 pm

Jalapenomel, you may have already found what you were looking for, but about the water birth with Pakarii: we called and tried to get some preliminary information (like pricing, etc), but they were very strict about not saying anything over the phone. You have to go to an information session or something like that on Thursday nights. It's the only time they do it (and why we haven't gone yet), but it is every week, apparently. Best of luck.
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Postby jimuazu » Sat Sep 03, 2011 6:49 pm

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?
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Re: Finding a place to give birth

Postby franchute » Sat Sep 03, 2011 9:30 pm

jimuazu wrote:
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?


Jimuazu,

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!

Thanks again


There are attending emergencies 24/7 and doctors are doing shifts in the new born section, don t worry about it.
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Re: Finding a place to give birth

Postby Jalapenomel » Thu Sep 08, 2011 3:19 pm

lizzym wrote:Jalapenomel, you may have already found what you were looking for, but about the water birth with Pakarii: we called and tried to get some preliminary information (like pricing, etc), but they were very strict about not saying anything over the phone. You have to go to an information session or something like that on Thursday nights. It's the only time they do it (and why we haven't gone yet), but it is every week, apparently. Best of luck.

They have informational meetings every Thursday, I believe. Unfortunately, I have to work tonight, but I may try to go next week. They did tell me that if I cannot go this week, they do charge for a consultation. I heard through the grapevine that a birth there (not necessarily a water birth) costs about S/2000.00.
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Re: Finding a place to give birth

Postby flytime » Fri Sep 09, 2011 9:27 pm

we were qouted 3500 for a programme from 6 months pregnant
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Re: Finding a place to give birth

Postby Jalapenomel » Sun Sep 11, 2011 6:31 pm

flytime wrote:we were qouted 3500 for a programme from 6 months pregnant
Thank you for the update!

I will look into Clinic of Good Hope---what is the cost of the Baby Good Hope? I have heard that there are English speaking doctors, can anyone confirm that?

I'm just not sure if I want to spend all that money on the private insurance when it seems that we can get decent insurance/discounts through the clinic directly.

My husband does work, so I will have to look into EsSalud (not for maternity, but for other expenses), although I was told that the government health is not something I would be "into" per se.
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Re: Finding a place to give birth

Postby Cheetara » Sun Sep 25, 2011 10:45 am

Does anyone know of a decent clinic in Cusco? I'm pregnant and don't know which doctors/ clinics are the best. My husband isn't much help either. Would be good if they could offer some kind of plan. Somewhere that they're going to take into consideration what we want. has anyone had experience of giving birth in Cusco?
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Re: Finding a place to give birth

Postby londonJ » Fri Oct 07, 2011 10:44 pm

Cheetara, I looked into many options here in Cusco and decided on a homebirth, my baby was born in August, would be happy to give you lots more info if you want to message me?

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