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An Expat Talks about What is Was Like Having a Baby in Santiago, Panama

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

Santiago

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

2 births already, 1 more in Nov 2010

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...

Private clinic in Santiago - Jesus de Nazareno. Top quality from the doctors and nurses. My wife was attended by the Gyn or Pediatrician from the moment she went into labor until the baby was born. The doctors stayed in the same room as us THE ENTIRE TIME and gave us THEIR FULL ATTENTION! Total cost for 2 nights in the hospital, epidural, and circumcision= $1200. Dr. Villaba is great, very kind and patient.

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

Dr. Villaba (ObGyn) is very well respected in Santiago and was recommended by another doctor. The pediatrician, Dr. Villalaz, is very good with kids and has taken care of my oldest 2. He offices with Villaba.

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

The setup was ideal. The only thing I could have done to make it better - bring a fluffier pillow from home.

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

The care you will receive here is unlike the US. THe doctors are very hands on - not afraid to touch you. They have very good bedside manner and are not in a hurry. The Ob yo start with will be with you until the baby is born.

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