Having a Baby in Croatia


Prenatal and postnatal care in Croatia will not pose a problem for an expectant expat since Croatia's health, and medical standards are at par with standards of quality healthcare in Europe and the United States. Doctors are well-trained, and can often communicate in English.

To ensure safety in traveling, the second trimester (18-24 weeks) is the best time for an expectant mother in good health to travel by plane. Have a list of doctors, clinics, hospitals, emergency numbers (112), in Croatia before leaving your home country.

Croatia has modern hospitals that you can go to anytime you need emergency obstetric services. Breastfeeding is encouraged by doctors, and most establishments in Croatia are child-friendly. Children born in Croatia will acquire dual citizenship.

Some infections like listeriosis can affect the developing fetus. It can be transmitted by contaminated food and water. Bottled water is available all over Croatia, so avoid drinking tap water. Make sure that your fruits and vegetables are adequately washed, and avoid cooked foods left to stand at room temperature.

Before leaving her home country an expectant expat mother must secure international health insurance in Croatia that will cover prenatal, obstetric, and postnatal care as well as provide emergency obstetric services. Also, private health insurance in Croatia can be purchased locally. Both will secure quality healthcare from Western-trained health professionals and at the same time lessen your worries about having a baby in a foreign land.



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