Hmmm...that summer that I was talking about in the last post has gone! Rain has struck us again, but that's ok since it isn't even officially spring time yet!
Today the bel fidanzato and I went to the hospital in Cosenza to visit our brand new friend who, when I held him, was only 2 hours old! You always hear horror stories about the hospitals in Italy - well I have anyway. In Sorrento I not only heard the horror stories, but saw them. Once when I was visiting a customer who had fallen, I had to ask the doctor to change the pillow on the bed, since his head wound had opened up and bled out everywhere...Apparently we should have been lucky that there were pillows in the hospital, as apparently in the Lamezia hospital you have to bring your own pillows, and everything else to do with your well being whilst there.
My friend who gave birth today told me that even in the 'good' hospitals in Italy you have to bring nappies and everything baby related. I - never having given birth before - know nothing of what one does and does not have to bring to a hospital - in any country - so I am not sure if this is normal.
All this aside, the maternity ward was lovely. Well...I did past some young children smoking in the corridor by an open window but then their pregnant friend was with them, and probably having a drag or two before going off to give birth. So other than the people smoking, the maternity section was bright and colourful with orange, purple, yellow etc...walls. The bedroom was very, very hot (but we don't want the babies getting cold since they are by the mothers side from the moment they are born) but it looked modern. My friend was in a dark pink, 2 bedroom with a private bathroom (lilac door) and a private baby changing room (mint green door) and she seemed comfortable and although we had difficulty finding the room, when we did - it was very nice and nothing like the horrible Italian hospitals that I have seen in the past.
Here in Italy a woman also has to/can stay with the mother all the time. The father of the baby can only really visit in visiting hours while overnight a FEMALAE friend/relative of the mother stays with them, acting a bit like a nurse - helping to change and feed the baby. It is a big no no for men to stay in the wards for too long - female privacy and all that I guess....but anyway, the baby is here, he is beautiful and that is the important thing! I am also re-learning to knit (I used to knit with my grandmother when I was younger, but have forgotten a bit) so bel fidanzato's mother is helping me knit a pair of booties for the baby. (Ok so she is knitting them, but I am practicing with my ugly wool and she knits with the good stuff!)