Isn’t this a face of an angel?
Being here for practically a year now, I can actually hold a fairly elementary level conversation with someone. That being said, there is no way I want to go to a doctor who doesn’t speak English for a birth. The last thing I want to be doing in labor is conjugating a verb properly, or trying to get my husband to translate. So I began the doctor hunt, as finding your obgyn is a pretty important process, this person is going to be pretty intimate with you, and they’ll be delivering your baby, so you want the best.
I asked around on the INC facebook group for moms and got a few recommendations, some spoke English, some Portuguese, and most were ok with “natural births,” which here really just means non C-Section not really natural.
I also discovered, just a few blocks from me was Casa Moara/Prima Luz, a \doula, midwife, “let’s help you have a natural birth” kind of place.. and really natural. I do have to admit picked my last obgyn based on her proximity to my work (2 blocks down), so I decided to check out Prima Luz. They said their midwife spoke English. I went in, but I felt like English wasn’t as strong, and we did most of the appointment in Portuguese. No tests, no pee in a cup, though she did feel up my chest and tell me to go to a clinic to get the tests done. R$260 later I left. The place WAS nice, and I didn’t have to wait or drive in traffic, and yes, I am losing the Brasilian experience, and a very pro NATURAL birth. But, I don’t want to go to some clinic for tests via taxi, and then have to see my doctor with those tests in hand. Also, my husband’s a butt, and thinks C-sections are great, so I needed a doctor he would “respect,” and a midwife/naturally clinic wouldn’t work with him.
So I found Celula Mater, they did everything in house, and the obgyn used to run the maternity ward at Einstein… which put my “we should have a C-section, it’s safer” husband at ease. I swear he’s Brasilian.
Here are the take aways.
- They love to draw blood. First visit was like 8 viles. This weeks was another 4. And I’m sure they’ll think of a reason to take more somewhere along the line.
- If you’re not comfortable laying buck naked on a table with the robe limp beside you, the doctor is not for you. They don’t seem to have issues with your nudity. Whereas in the US I never undressed, just always pulled down my pants a little, and shirt up to expose the belly.
- There was also like a doctor’s assistant. I use like, as I felt more like she was the doctor’s maid, it was a different feeling than the US nurse, who comes in asks questions and leaves, then the doctor comes in. This lady assisted me with everything, and then stood around and assisted the doctor. No nurse doing 93% of the doctor visit here.
- I got 4 pages of all of the ultrasound photos, and 2 pages of Portuguese telling me about my kid.
- Be prepared to wait, Brazil is not on time, and nor are your doctors. So the waiting room is posh..cookies, hot cafe and chocolate, and they always treat my son like he’s the real star of the show.
I was going to top this post off with my gestational diabetes test experience, because I was SUPER curious how they did that here. But I ended up having to fly to the US, so just went to my old doctor’s office, which was nice.