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An Expat Talks about What is Was Like Having a Baby in Johannesburg, South Africa

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Johannesburg

How recently did you give birth in the country that you are reporting on?

1year ago

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...

My first baby was born at home in the Netherlands without painkillers and without any complications.

Because of this experience I was very much in favour of a natural birth without medical intevention if possible. Since it is custom to have a hospitial delivery with a gynacologist I initially also choose that route. However after a pre hospital delivery tour I got so shocked of the staggering 90 % cs rates that a ran away from the gynacologist and found a fanatsic midwife.

My son was born with a water birth at 10 o'clock waterbirth in the morning and I checked myself the same day out of the hospital. The midwife was fabulous but I was not too impressed with the hospital service.

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How did you choose your doctor, midwife or other type of medical professional?

My gynacologist was recommended via a relative, but my sister in-law told me about the midwives.

If you were to have another child in this country, would you do anything differently in terms of preparation and/or the delivery?

I would never go to a gynacologist unless medically necessary. Because of the staggering cs rates I mistrust their judgement.

If a friend of yours living in the same country were expecting, what advice would you give her?

If you want to have a natural birth(medically possible) go to midwifes. If you want to have a cs go to gynacologist the are specialist at that.

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Jul 22, 2014 16:35

Somewhat exaggerated in my opinion and it depends whether you go to a State or private hospital.

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An expat in Cape town discusses health insurance coverage and gap insurance in South Africa. His insurance has covered virtually all of his medical costs over the past five years.

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Private hospitals provide excellent services. Panorama Medi Clinic has one of the top 10 heart units in the World.

healthcare surveyAnswer Questions about Healthcare in South Africa

Help others moving to South Africa by answering a set of questions about health insurance, public healthcare in South Africa, prescription medicine, quality of medical care and emergency services.

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Read recent baby reports submitted for Piet Retief and Johannesburg.

If you're an expat parent who had a baby abroad, write a report about your childbirth experiences to help other expecting expat parents.

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