West Side (Birth) Story: Isla arrives at CIMA

By Katherine Stanley

In honor of Mother’s Day and in hopes of providing useful information to moms and families, The Tico Times is proud to share the first-person accounts of two of our writers who recently gave birth in Costa Rica. Here, freelancer Gabriela Díaz Musmanni recounts her experience at the Hospital CIMA in Escazú.

I found out that I was pregnant last year while living in the town of Mysore in southern India. Although a dusty pregnancy test with a disturbingly vintage appearance offered a negative result, I felt pregnant, and a second, less disturbing- looking test confirmed it.

Every pregnant couple is faced with the decision of where and how to give birth, and my partner and I had to start by choosing a country. We could have stayed in India, where medical care, like mostly everything else, was dirt cheap – we’re talking 3 USD for a visit to the gynecologist. However, the smells, sights and tastes of India, which normally filled me with awe, made me unbearably nauseous while pregnant, and after a first trimester of hurling at the mere mention of curry, I was desperate for some gallo pinto.

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