Having a Baby in France



It is normal for expectant mothers in France not to worry about giving birth. After all, this country has one of the most envied health care systems in the world with or without international health insurance.

And this includes state-of-the-art birthing facilities and a long line of competent, excellent obstetricians who can safely attend to each mother's needs before and after delivery.  

When planning to give birth in France, the first consideration should always be to decide whether to give birth in a private or public facility. This is important because some obstetricians may not be available to deliver babies in public facilities or in any other hospital besides their own. So when choosing an obstetrician, it's important to consider whether this doctor will be able to deliver the baby in the preferred facility.       

Another major consideration would be choosing the hospital itself. Although France has some of the most advanced medical facilities in the world, the average number of children delivered by each childbearing woman is only 2.07. Hospitals in France are comparatively behind other maternity and child birthing facilities. However, there are four public hospitals which offer ideal conditions for giving birth, namely, Antoine-Béclère, Cochin, Saint-Vincent-de-Paul and Robert-Debré. In the rural areas, fully equipped facilities include Le Centre Hospitalier Intercommunal de Créteil, and those in Poissy-Saint-Germain and Pontoise. In general, an expat woman giving birth can enjoy free birthing services in any public hospital but may have to pay a hefty amount when choosing to deliver in a private institution, especially in the case of high-risk pregnancies.  

Aside from obstetricians, some women also come to homeopathic midwives who can assist them in delivering babies naturally with a minimum of medications. Midwives are expected to make prior arrangements with ahospital just in case medical complications arise.



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