Watching a Live Birth, the Best Form of Birth Control!

I got out of my class an hour early today…so now I can tell you about Poznan!  On Wednesday night we left Berlin and headed east for Poznan.  It took maybe 3 or 4 hours by bus, until we got to our amazing four star hotel.  Everybody was so excited for the hotel.  The beds were incredibly comfortable, there were only two people to a room, and I think everybody decided to take really long bubble baths.  After a little bit we left for dinner at a restaurant called Brovaria.  It is located in the old square in Poznan, and it looks like you’re just walking into a fairy tale.  It’s so beautiful!  They had a huge buffet for us, and everybody was full after that meal!

Too much food.

We had to go in small groups for our hospital visits.  My first visit was at the pediatric clinic.  The doctor told us a lot of interesting things about the Polish medical system.  For example, they have medical records, but only within their respective hospitals.  They do not transfer to other hospitals so you cannot check to confirm the patient’s history.  You’re completely dependent on the patient giving you the correct information, and of course this leads to many problems.  Also, the ministry of health controls much of the the health system, and there is no competition between hospitals because the government owns every hospital

We watched a endoscopy and colonoscopy there too.  It was interesting to actually look inside the organs, but also sad because the boy being examined had ulcerated colitis. 😦  We met up with some American students who go to medical school in Poland while they were on rounds, and then told us all about going to medical school in Poland.

After our visit, we had a group lunch at Pod Koziolkami.  I had the best vegetarian pierogis ever there!  They were so good!  And after that they surprised us by giving everybody a really dense chocolate cake.  DIS feeds us pretty darn well.


On Friday I went to the gynecology and obstetrics hospital and it was my favorite academic visit of the whole trip.  A residence gave us a tour of the place, and we even got to interview a patient who luckily spoke English.

Then we went to where all the action was.  We had to wear lab coats and covers over our shoes, and then we got to watch a c-section!  I got to hear the babies first cries and see it!  The dad was so excited that he put his lab coat on backwards and walked hurriedly in to see his new baby girl. 🙂  And then then showed the baby to the mother while her placenta was hanging around and being sutured, and she gave her daughter a kiss.

And then was the vaginal birth.  AHHHH!  We hadn’t asked permission to watch, but the resident who was showing us around cracked the door open a little bit and we definitely saw more than we needed too!  I saw the baby crown and the head was huge!  I think that every time we opened a door, somebody was screaming.  There were all girls in my group, and we all agreed to getting epidurals. 😛  Another resident walked by while we were trying to look through the crack in the door, and he said that watching a live birth was the best form of birth control.  Pretty much…..haha.

With our resident tour guide. He thought we were funny.

Later in the day, we went bowling!  I scored a 67, it was pretty bad but pretty fun too!  Then we headed over to our last dinner together.  It was family style and there were huge platters of just meat everywhere.  I was supposed to get  pierogis again, but they forgot my order!  At the very end they just gave me a salad.  I was a little upset.  But, I wasn’t that hungry so it wasn’t terrible.  What was terrible was our 13 hour trip back to Copenhagen!  But, I can’t complain.  I’ve done and seen so much!

Fairy tale town.

City Hall in beautiful Poznan


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