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Thai mothers caving to superstition or private hospital wishes when having babies

by Kornwaree Panyasuppakun and Tim Newton “Many babies in Thailand are born to suit ‘auspicious days’ or the Obstetrician’s golf plans.” The expectant mother reported to the private hospital in Phuket where she and her husband had decided to have their first baby. When she walked in for her appointment with the Obstetrician the first question was when she wanted to make an appointment to have the baby. A bit taken aback she replied, “whenever the baby is ready”. The English-speaking nurse chimed in explaining to her that ‘most babies’ at the hospital were born though caesarian section. Being a first baby, and having read a lot in the lead up to the birth, she found the answer surprising, especially as the comment was delivered in such a matter-of-fact way. She politely got up and walked out of the examination room and signed off her private health insurance for the visit....

 

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