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. She and her husband then drove to a well-known local public hospital and made arrangements for a natural birth of their child about three weeks later. We’re glad to report that mother, father and child are doing well, albeit with a few sleepless nights. In another case an expecting Russian mother was ‘strongly urged’ to consider a Caesarian ‘for the health of her baby’ at another private hospital on the island. Again, she went to another hospital and had her baby naturally. The Nation Weekend is reporting that Thailand has double the recommended rate of surgical births, and that could be a problem, say experts. The reason for the high rate of ‘timed’ births is that mothers choose to go under the knife due to fear of labour pains, superstitious beliefs or to take advantage of the packages offered by private hospitals. “In Thailand, 35 per cent of all babies... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Thai mothers caving to superstition or private hospital wishes when having babies, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you
Published By: Phuket Gazette - Saturday, 29 September, 2018
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