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A reader commented on the Expat Report Culture Shock in Blida, Algeria
Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share?
Try to visit a few times before moving here. Finding housing is very difficult. Products here are very poor quality and doesn't last long. People dress more conservatively here, no shorts, tank tops or low neck shirts for women. You don't have to cover your head but cover below the knees and chest. Women never smoke in public. Not much to do for entertainment either. (Continue)
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about the coffeeshop: great..........change the culture hihi!
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Expat Report Having a Baby in Blida, Algeria was published
Describe your experience giving birth there. What type of facility did you go to? What (if any) type of pain management did you use? How long did you stay in the hospital? Was it a positive experience? Etc...
Well, all I can say is horrible. No pain managment at all, filthy conditions...had to take my own bedding with me. You have to wait with other women in a waiting area to be processed. Lots of women screaming in pain while waiting. Then you are taken to a room full of other women giving birth. They can see you and you them. You have nurses come and hold you down by your shoulders and legs to stop you moving and then a doctors pushes down on your stomach and rolls his arms along you stomach to push the baby out. Then, you are transfered onto a bed with blood all over it from the women who was there before you then you are put into a room with blood soaked bedding, coachroaches as big as houses, no water to wash your baby or yourself as they don't do it and even if you go private. If there is a problem with the birth you are sent back to the public hospital as cannot deal with emergencys. (Continue)

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