One day in mid-November 2013 my husband and I go to a women’s and children’s hospital. We haven’t been to this hospital before, but after having been sent to do a blood sample every third day, we have decided to change the hospital and this one was recommended to us by a coworker.
It’s time for the first ultrasound. On all the offices there are signs saying men not allowed to enter. The doctor asks me if I’m taking folic acid and when I say yes, she sends me to do an ultrasound. I have to drink some water before doing the ultrasound and wait for my name to be announced. When they call me out, I walk into the room. There are two beds for doing ultrasounds and curtains which could theoretically be closed, but aren’t closed due to whatever reason. The persons doing the ultrasound are not women, but actually men. This is the first time I see men perform ultrasounds on women.
I: “Can my husband come in too?” I feel that as the father of the child growing in my belly he should be there with me and be allowed to see the ultrasound on the monitor.
Guy doing the ultrasound: “No, guys aren’t allowed to enter the room because of the other patients.”
There’s no other patient in the room and you could close the curtains, is what I think. Instead, I say: “But aren’t you guys too?”
On a side note: In most public hospitals in China you don’t have as much privacy as you’d have in a Western hospital. When you see the doctor, it’s often not only you (and your spouse or whoever might have accompanied you), but a whole bunch of other patients and their family members or friends waiting in the same room and listening in on everyone’s ailments.
Have you ever been in a similar situation? I’d love to read your comments.