A Night In the Hospital - Giving Birth in Panama Part 4

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Giving birth in a foreign country is something I never planned to do. When I got pregnant here in Panama, we realized this would be a reality for us. I have given birth five other times, but every birth is different. Here is Part 3 of my birth experience at a private hospital in Panama.

If you are just now seeing these, be sure to check out my other posts about the baby's birth. Here is Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

The doctor comes in shortly after we make it to the room and tells us they aren’t going to bring us food and we can go get anything we want from in town. It was around 8:00 pm. She tells me that they should check us out around 9 am after the baby is released. I don’t need a release since I’m an adult and can leave when I want. She says that the nurses shouldn’t bother us any more that evening as the pediatrician has already given them rules about no bathing, rooming in, no formula, etc.


She leaves and Ben heads out to get us some food. He comes back a while later with the tastiest McDonald’s chicken sandwich I’ve ever had!

While he is gone, a nurse comes in and asks if the baby has eaten, pooped, and peed. The nurses don’t speak English so I’m the only one who can talk to them. I tell the nurse she hasn’t yet and she tells me that it needs to happen soon or they will give her formula. (Ridiculous, no way that will happen!) Another nurse comes in for blood pressure check and temperature.

Nana and grandbaby #13!

We make some phone calls and obligatory announcements of her birth. We decide it is time for bed and Nana is going to use one bed while Ben, Kalana, and I sleep in the other. I’m not putting her in that bassinet because they will come in and take her if she’s in it! Well, I was right about that!

At 11:30, after we’ve all fallen asleep, they come in to take her footprints! I ask if this can be done tomorrow and she tells me that it must be done now. So the lights come on and the footprints are taken. She leaves and 30 minutes later a nurse comes in to ask if she has pooped and eaten. Yes, she has. Then she leaves and comes back in a few minutes to make sure she has peed as well. Yes, she has. Every time the light must be turned on, everyone sits up and looks at the nurse.

The only time the bassinet was used!

30 minutes later 3 nurses come in and take my temperature, blood pressure, and try to convince me that dead-asleep Kalana would rest better if I would put her in the bassinet. I tell them that she’s just fine where she is, and they leave. 30 minutes later, another set of nurses come in to tell me that they are going to come get her at 6 or 6:30 and give her a bath. No thank you, she doesn’t need a bath. They are shocked that I don't want her to have a bath. Then another round of blood pressure and temperature with the lights on. This would almost be comical if I weren’t so tired. At around 1:00 am they finally left us alone.

Our room - 13B

She made little noises or cries throughout the night, but slept great right next to me, although my rest was not so great. We were thankful to only have one night of this!

Check back for Part 5 where we get to check out of the hospital and go home!

I am a mom to six kids who lives in Panama. We relocated here about 2.5 years ago and love it. If you're interested in knowing more about Panama, check out the link below and plan to come on a Panama Relocation Tour!

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Just read thru all of these posts. Haha, well you have a good story to tell her some day! Good grief, this was baby number 6, so they should know you know how to take care of her. How crazy that they kept making you get off one bed and then get into another one! I love the name you all picked! Miss seeing your posts! I know you are very busy! I’ve already started subbing in the Allen elementary schools this year.


Cool that you're subbing in Allen! :) Yeah, it was a crazy time, but we're all glad it's over.

My goodness, they weren't going to let you get a bit of rest, lol! I'm sure you were more than ready to go home after that. Demanding that the baby poo and pee, yikes! She is darling, so glad you had family with you, looking forward to the next installment....:)


Thankfully the rest was just full of sweet baby pictures and a lot of waiting. ;) We definitely wouldn't have made it another night in the hospital! It was so crazy that they came in every 30 minutes to the minute. When they stopped at 1, we were all still expecting it. ;) Lol

Oh man, that is rough. I gave birth to both my children at home in a state that is not very home-birth friendly. One of my biggest fears was getting transferred and having to deal with all the pressure from the nurses and doctors. It is hard not to give in sometimes. Thank goodness they finally let you get some sleep.


Yes it was crazy! I had three home births before this, so I was comparing everything to that. The first two were in hospital...

Oh man, I am so glad that I am not a woman Lol.
I think that if a man had to have a baby that he would die at the first one and the world would remain unpopulated hahaha
All strength and blessings to you guys and the little one my friend.


Thanks! Yeah it is definitely something that's not fun to go through. ;)

I'm so happy for you @panamamama! So beautiful! Keep that little girl close!


Thanks! She's a sweetheart.

Baby is gorgeous, must be so nice to have Mom there, lucky Nana to have so many grand kids! Goodness me and they wanted to give baby formula without checking with you!

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Thanks! She is the most popular girl in our town. ;)

So cute!!!!

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Sounds like they really left you alone! Ha. Well, I'm sure they're just trying to do their best and all, but that still sounds annoying.


Ha! They were doing their job I guess but man it was annoying. It was like they were sitting there bored and looking for reasons to come see us. I wonder if we had given birth earlier if they could have gotten their three hours worth of check ups done and left us alone earlier... Hm...

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