Monday, May 26, 2008

10 reasons why having a baby in a Brazilian hospital is different to having a baby in an English one.

4. The bedside manner. Whereas in the UK Doctor's are (I guess) trained to be courteous, serious and straightforward with their patients, Brazilian medics will generally try to treat you like their mate who they've just invited round for a barbecue. In other words it's all about rapport. 5 minutes before Rachel's c-section there was banter and laughter all through the theatre and the anesthetist kept trying his ropey English on me. The effect calmed Rach (thank goodness!) as it suggested these people were not worried about the procedure they were about to embark on. For me, it all seemed a bit flippant and unprofessional but then I am British after all.

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