Two pictures from the women’s hospital in Moscow region sparked a vivid discussion in http://alisa-sex.livejournal.com/82256.html.
Yesterday night I talked with a friend. During the conversation she mentioned about her visit to a perinatal hospital in one town of the Moscow Oblast.
So, you say that we have advanced medicine? Then how can we have such hospital in the town with the population of 300,000 – just three hundred kilometers from Moscow. I am shameful and horrified at the same time.
But if we are constantly talking about the modernization – then possibly they will soon have plasma TV which will show the news about the opening of another perinatal hospital.
[Note: During Medvedev's presidency there was a lot of talk about the modernization of Russia]
Comments of Russian netizens
But is it really so bad as the author thinks?
Let’s see what other Russian netizens had to say about these pictures.
bnik7: Attitude of the staff is the most important thing (that’s my opinion). I suspect that this is not the worst hospital in Russia.
alisa_sex (replying to the comment above): Exactly. I am appalled that it is not the worst one.
rain_of: Reminds me the old Soviet times.
sakhalin_anna: I don’t want to give birth in our country. I will go to give birth abroad.
6_cherry_9: Unfortunately, this is normal. And note – in the second photo - there is a heater! This is the modernization.
i_tyunina: In every regional hospital you will see the same picture.
iola65: Oh-oh-oh … how tender we are. You actually photographed quite a decent hospital. Come to our Yekaterinburg – you’ll see something much worse………
[Note: two following comments are made by males]
brekhoff: What is the problem? Are there cockroaches or rats? No. Mold on the walls? No. Bed made of rotten straw? Again - not! So what are you scared of? Or is it better to give birth in the street?
Many women give birth at home – none of them are afraid of unsanitary conditions. And here you have a neat procedure room (without plasma screens) and it horrifies you? Purpose of the hospital is not entertaining you with gadgets and devices, but elementary childbirth. Clean hands, drugs, skilled personnel is what you need more than free Wi-Fi and plasma televisions to entertain the bored mothers. So, I really don’t understand what is the big deal here.
head_off: Do you go there to give birth or enjoy the comfort and services? For the comfort and services go to Malta. Pregnancy, childbirth and child rearing are in general not comfortable. The main thing is availability of medicines, equipment and personnel of the hospital. The hospital doesn’t have to be covered in rhinestones. If you care about the glamour of the environment – you should think about the adequacy of your priorities.
OsuricatO: The way we live – we give birth. :-(
ladochka: And these are not such bad conditions. No dripping from the ceiling, the heating pipes don’t drain. Feel pity for the doctors – it’s their workplace…
[Note: Below are two more comments left by males]
runninshaman: Frankly, I don’t understand what is so “terrible” here. It’s poor, but clean. They even have a boiler! 90% of Russian hospitals would envy such equipment.
akushnikov: Everything is relative. Objectively, the conditions there don’t prevent childbirth.
xenons: Fuuuuck… What an environment!! How fortunate I am that my boys were born in normal conditions, otherwise I would have trauma for whole life.
run_or_fight: No horrors here. In our hospital 3 years ago it was very similar (well, except that the shower wasn’t used instead of toilet… I hope).
But once I talked to a woman who gave birth at about the same time as I, but in a different hospital of our city. I was struck with her description: the shower didn’t have normal equipment. If few women were giving birth at the same day (did they count on the strict schedule – one birth per day at most?) – they were put in one big room with the drainage in the floor, with the buckets of warm water and shovels to scoop water and wash yourself. Water was poured directly on the floor.