Puri Bunda: Baby hospital in Denpasar Bali-part II


puri_bunda_061505v4.jpgWe entered the doctor's office and he had an ultrasound machine just like Dr. Zakaria, our usual doctor. Ika had a gel spread on her stomach and the doctor slowly moved a hand held scanner over it. Ika was excited to see the baby's face but the doctor told us the foetus was now getting big and for that reason the face was obscured. All vital signs are good and the weight right now is 2.9 kgs. Estimated date of birth July 7th, estimated weight 3.5kg. Here at Puri Bunda people are paying a decent amount of money and the level of treatment is higher than the local places. When Ika usually has a scan the nurse wipes up the globs of gel and pushes them back into the bottle, yuck!!!. Here they just wipe it all off.

puri_bunda_061505v3.jpgOne of the staff showed us the rooms and Ika really liked them, which made me happy. I know she is worried about the birth, especially after he doctor said "Baby too big, because suami (husband) big." The rooms have a fridge, TV, AC, and seem very comfortable. Many people have told me that doctors at private clinics will push for a Caesarian as they can charge more. Dr. Zakaria is against that and we will tell him that Ika wants it only as a last resort. One Balinese lady said to me that her doctor told her to have a Caesarian the following day due to her baby's position. She started walking a lot and that corrected the position.

Behind Puri Bunda is the Rikki Hotel, which has a fitness center. Part of the package is Suami Fitness that gives me 30 workout sessions before August 1st. I will be using this thing even though it is a bit out of the way. When you think the probable cost for Ika and myself will be between $1,000-$1,500 its actually a good option for a foreigner. You take a months vacation to Bali and plan to have the birth here. In the US you are looking at $15,000.

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Ika will be doing weekly visits with the local doctor before going to Puri Bunda for the birth. They have their own ambulance, but I suspect we will end up using a taxi, as it will be faster when the time comes.