[KS] Re: gynecologists

Jason Parker parker.294 at osu.edu
Tue Aug 29 09:58:55 EDT 2000

REPLY sends your message to the whole list

At 08:38 PM 8/29/00 +0900, you wrote:
>REPLY sends your message to the whole list
>My wife is due in a couple of weeks and we found out a few curious facts 
>about gynecologists. First of all we have a hard time finding one, who 
>allows us to stay during the birth. We went to one, who didn't even 
>allowed me to stay during the internal investigation. Being the stubborn 
>Dutchman I am, of course I stayed. Pay in mind that in Holland it's still 
>customary that children are born at home and there are not many mothers 
>who would like to do that differently. A midwife comes to your house and 
>with the density of hospitals, in case something appears to be life 
>endangering, they can go to the hospital very soon.
>First of all I was surprised that a cloth was hanging down so we couldn't 
>see what he was doing. Then the internal examination did hurt her a lot. 
>This is her second child and we never experienced anything like that before.
>The closer the delivery comes the stranger things we hear. The hands of 
>the women are bound during the delivery (mandatory), they have to walk, to 
>the delivery table as the child almost comes out, the vaginal cut is 
>obligatory and after the delivery she HAS to walk back to another room and bed,
>  just imagine the pain after your vagina has been cut? I am a man, but I 
> had an operation in a similar region and I know it hurts like hell.
>It is advised not to take a shower for at least 5 days, others mention a 
>period of three weeks. Also it is advised NOT to brush your teeth during a 
>couple of weeks. The hepatitis injection is mandatory and they still slap 
>the baby on the bottom. The mother and baby are separated immediately.
>You get medicine to urinate and defecate also mandatory, also the shaving 
>of the pubic hair is mandatory.
>I think this is a rude way to enter the world as a new world citizen and I 
>think it's especially stressful for the mother, but also for the child. 
>Who said that Koreans are very fond of children and value mothers?

"WOW!" I think that is the only word that can describe the feeling I am 
getting as I read these last few line of the most ethnocentric post I have 
ever read in an academic newsgroup/listserv. Very shocking.

Jason Parker

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