The first ultrasound I ever had was when I was 6 weeks pregnant with my Little Dynamo. Luckily, my OB-Gyne in Makati (Philippines) was also a licensed Sonologist. I learned later on from my doctor-friend that not all Obstetrician/Gynecologist (OB-Gyne) can perform ultrasound. One has to have a license to be an Ob-Gyne Sonologist.
The above came to mind as I had my OB check-up again yesterday. I will be on my 21st week tomorrow. We’re halfway there! In 19 weeks… or even less, we will have another wailing infant in our house:-). A welcome wail, if I may add. Just like my previous monthly check-ups, I had my ultrasound with the OB-Gyne explaining the growth of my baby’s body parts. Living here in Seoul for the past three and half years, I have taken this granted. To me, this is a normal procedure for OB check-ups.
I suddenly remember family and friends asking me if I had my ultrasound done already to determine my baby’s gender. I always answer, I always have an ultrasound and they would reply “Wow!”
Back in the Philippines, one’s OB-Gyne is not automatically licensed to perform ultrasound… unless the OB-Gyne is also a licensed Sonologist. The OB-Gyne needs to refer the pregnant woman to a licensed Sonologist for the ultrasound. For some women, one ultrasound is enough for the whole duration of the pregnancy. For higher risks pregnancy, the OB-Gyne would require more.
In Iloilo, where I gave birth, there are only two Sonologists. Three years ago, I had to wait for a long time for my turn since the Ob-Gyne Sonologist had several clients lined up before me. I hated waiting. Probably because I got used to how things are done here in Seoul. When I go home to give birth, I dread the thought of going to another hospital and wait for my turn. I’ve had enough ultrasounds, anyway:-).
Aside from ultrasound, it is normal procedure in the Philippines for various tests during pregnancy to be referred to other doctors. For blood tests for gestational diabetes, I was referred to another clinic under another specialist. Here in Seoul, the OB-Gyne clinic where I go to will perform the blood test on me for gestational diabetes on my next monthly check-up. The convenience of the OB-Gyne clinic here in Seoul is such a relief!
If I have my way, I would like to have all the tests done here before I go home to the Philippines. There maybe some things here in Seoul that I don’t like, but some convenience it offers would sometimes make up for them:-).