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Comment #745875 by Jelena Terzic

Jelena Terzic Nov 22nd 2012, 9:57 AM #


That may be your perception of things. However, are you a mother? How many babies did you have in an Irish hospital?

I, for one, am a mother and have had a baby in an Irish hospital. I had a complicated birth, and if wasn’t for an Iraqi doctor on shift that night, I would of been left to suffer for another 24 hours before Irish midwives would allow me to have a C-section. Imagine, a luxury of having a C-section in a catholic country – it’s not natural and god given and it shouldn’t be done. Just look up percentages of C-sections per hospital, the statistics differ greatly and it is all due to the management of the hospital. If there wasn’t for that Iraqi doctor, I could of possibly ended up in the same place as Savita, as I had also developed an infection after 2 days in the hospital. Should I also mention the hygiene in the hospital which is supposedly the best in the country, a pre-delivery room with around 30 beds in it and only 2 toilets, not cleaned often enough? Should I also mention that I was sent home twice before they had a bed for me? Beds in a hospital are also a great luxury in this country. Our tax money spent on more important things like bankers gambling problems is considered a necessity though.

Now, the consultants. Mine was more on conferences than in the hospital, as he was also the Master in the hospital, that’s kind of a superstar in consultants world. Few times that I saw him, he measured my blood pressure and asked me how I was, the ultrasound machine was never working when he was there, and I saw more of his students during those 9 months than him. Of course, he was not in the hospital during the birth of my son, as it was a bank holiday weekend, and who can expect HIM to work on a holiday on a mere 150000 euros a year.

So, I am speaking as a compassionate person. I am also speaking as a person with experience of Irish hospitals. I am also speaking as a foreigner living in this country for quite a while. I get it, most of the Irish people never lived abroad, have never seen hospitals in other countries, so they think this is good because they don’t know it can be better, so they are putting up with it. They are no longer breaking our pelvises as they used to do in the sixties, they are giving us C-sections. Wow. First ultrasound when you are 18 weeks pregnant? It should be 8 weeks. No tests for abnormalities whatsoever unless you insist on them and the list goes on.

So boildyeggs, I hope you are a mother and I hope your babies were born in one of the great hospitals in this country and I sincerely hope and am eagerly waiting to hear your story, that’s if you will share it with us. And if you don’t have one to share, please spare us all of clever remarks as above.

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