Different country, different medical treatments…

October 31, 2007 at 10:24 am 2 comments

I spent the morning at the hospital where I’ll give birth in about 4 weeks. I went because I had to do the pre-partum plus pre-surgery routine. This involved many blood tests, swabs and an ecg!

When I tell them that I have previously given birth by caesarian without doing any of this stuff, they don’t believe me. After I add that I gave birth in England, they seem relieved, as if it assured them that the Italian system is somehow better.

The fact that I gave birth in one of the best private hospitals in the UK (the Portland Hospital) should remove any suspicion that the hospital was trying to save money.  (My insurance and I were paying everything they deemed necessary). So why such a big difference?

Another curious difference between UK practice and Italian (or French or Belgian … ) is the need for internal examination. Here, every medical appointment involves one, but in London, I gave birth without having any at all!

-Michela in Milan

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Esther  |  October 31, 2007 at 3:10 pm

    Yes, it’s weird! When I lived in Brussels and was pregnant with Sara I had an internal examination every time I saw my gyneacologist – ‘front and back’! She also scanned me every visit (at least once a month).
    In London nobody ever saw ‘me’ from the inside, just when I was giving birth – both with Pim and Sara.
    And for Pim I had only 3 NHS scans altogether! (And one private one at the Fetal Medicine Centre)
    I’m not sure how it works in Holland – might find out one day 🙂

  • 2. emilie  |  November 8, 2007 at 1:34 pm

    It is the same here in France. In fact, when I first found out I was pregnant this time round, I was in one of these little French villages in the middle of nowhere, that has been invaded by Brits, thanks to Ryan Air. I went to see the local village doctor.
    She told me that she had scared away at least 3 British pregnant women, by happily pulling on a plastic glove and giving them an internal examination. For her it was all part of the process but the woman felt “invaded”.

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