A word with an “Angel”: A good gynaecologist needs to know how to listen to their patients, says Dr Patrice Awonsebe Baba-MusahArticle
13. 12. 2021 Gynecology
Having lived in the Czech Republic for over 15 years, he has brought over a thousand newborns into this world- and that this gynaecologist & obstetrician originally from Ghana does his job well and with love is evident, so much so that he has earned the title of “Angel” among his fellow healthcare professionals. What is his view on home births or what areas should Czech patients improve on? These are just two of the questions we got answers to.
Do you remember the first baby that you delivered? Where you nervous?
The first delivery that I led was with a woman who already had 3 children. Before I even had a chance to say a word the baby was already with us. Yes of course I was nervous, every first experience is strange at first.
What are your thoughts on home births?
In countries that have an appropriate and well-established healthcare system in place that supports and enables home births, I don’t see any issue with it. In the Czech Republic, there is currently no such system in place, which is why it is my opinion that home births in this country are a crazy idea. The complications that can occur during a home birth are incredibly acute, so before a mother can get to the hospital with her newborn, it can be too late.
Would the Czech field of obstetrics benefit from any changes? For example, maternity homes, a different approach to childbirth, etc…?
This is quite a controversial topic. I can say that there are always new and modern trends in our field, and when the right time comes, so will the appropriate changes. . And when the time comes, there will be corresponding changes.
How is obstetrics in Ghana different to the Czech Republic?
In Ghana, most children are born in a hospital, but the level & quality of care is not as good as in the Czech Republic.
Obstetrics is not your only area of interest. What would you like to specialize in and why?
I try not to limit myself to just one field, that being obstetrics & gynaecology. I started reading about mental health, and very soon I will start studying public health. COVID 19 has forced the world to address public health. In addition, this medical field has the advantage that I do not have to be locked up in a hospital all the time.
Is there something that Czech women still underestimate with regards to gynaecological prevention?
Some women think that if they are healthy and exercise regularly, they cannot get cancer. Another group of women think that if they do not have cancer in their family, they are risk-free and therefore don’t have to go for screenings. But anyone can get cancer- cancerous tumours can be hereditary, sporadic, or they can be caused by a viral infection.
You have several workplaces around Prague, in addition to being based at Canadian Medical at The Park Clinic.
Yes, that's correct, I am at Canadian Medical’s Park Clinic every Monday, and other days I work as chief physician at the Mother and Child Care in Podolí, in their general gynaecological outpatient clinic.
This year, you won the title of healthcare Angel, which is a huge success. What do your patients praise you for the most?
I think my patients like that I always smile. But it's also my weakness because sometimes I smile even in difficult situations. And that's not always the best. (laughter)
What makes a good gynaecologist?
A good gynaecologist is one who listens to their patients. It is not always just classic physical medicine. Sometimes you also have to deal with the psychology of the patients. A good doctor should listen to their patient as if they were their friend.
Do you have any plans to return to Ghana?
At present, I don’t have any concrete plans to go back home to Ghana, but we will see what the future holds.
You have lived in the Czech Republic for 15 years. What would you miss the most if you returned to Ghana?
I would miss my Czech family, friends and Czech beer.