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An Expat Talks about What is Was Like Having a Baby in San Jose, Costa Rica

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

San Jose

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

3 weeks 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...

I recently gave birth to a beautiful baby boy here is San Jose, Costa Rica. I couldn't have had a better experience. I have a 3 year old daughter who was born in the states and with her I had to have a C-section. I really wanted to try and have a natural birth with my son, and most doctors will not even discuss that option with you after you have had a C-section. My doctor here at least let me give it a try, it did not happen but he was willing. I had my son at Clinical Biblica in downtown San Jose. After a C-section I left the hospital the very next day and my healing only took 2 weeks and I was back in the gym. It was amazing!! With my daughter it was a horrible recovery and it took weeks. The care I received from everyone was the best. I do not speak Spanish yet, but they were patient with me, and everything went better than I could have hoped for.

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

I decided on Clinical Biblica from word of mouth, and after having my first visit there was very comfortable.

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

No, everything went great.

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

My doctor.......Dr. Salazar Mora

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