Two of my friends from the USA and France gave birth to babies about a year ago. The experience of their birth was very different from mine. How is the whole process built in the West and what do my friends think about it? This is my today’s topic.
Reason of giving birth abroad
Now it has become very fashionable to travel to give birth to other countries. The most popular country is the USA. A child born there automatically acquires American citizenship. And since the parents are citizens of Russia, the Russian citizenship will be automatically assigned to the baby.
In theory, by his majority, the child must decide which citizen he wants to be a citizen of. But, as a rule, he still has two citizenships throughout his life.
My girlfriend is from the USA
My friend Olga turned out differently. In the US, she was on a temporary work visa of her husband, and the pregnancy itself came unexpectedly.
Communication with doctors throughout pregnancy occurred once a month. Olga received answers to questions and test results by e-mail.
I gave birth to Olga in the hospital for health insurance. The chamber was individual and single. At birth attended by her husband. It was also possible to take along an accompanying specialist. Such a service is quite common there.
Epidural anesthesia is offered to all parturient women. Doctors in the United States do not see the point in painful, painful and exhausting fights. Therefore, childbirth without anesthesia there is a rarity.
Moreover, in the USA, they are very loyal to the desire of a woman to give birth through a cesarean section, even without indications. Still, childbirth in this way helps to avoid pain, the baby is born unscathed and the date of its appearance can be planned up to a minute.
Olga gave birth on her own, but did not refuse epidural anesthesia. After the birth, Olga was allowed to go home with the baby the very next day. According to my friend, in such conditions she is ready to give birth again and again.
And, by the way, due to the availability of health insurance, she had to pay only $ 250 from her own wallet.
Friend from france
My friend Katya has given birth in France twice already. For the first time, according to the testimony, she had a cesarean section. The second time Katya was going to give birth naturally, and she did it.
Doctors in France did not see any threats for a second pregnancy after cesarean. In general, they were surprised by Katin’s requests to check the condition of the scar after the previous operation. In France, you can plan a second pregnancy six months after Cesarean.
The surprise for Kati was that in France most of the doctors are men. It was a little uncomfortable and unusual for her in such intimate moments to accept help from a member of the opposite sex.
Otherwise, everything happened according to a similar scenario with Olya. Single room with all conditions, the presence of a husband and epidural anesthesia during labor.
On the day of discharge, Kate and her baby were presented with books about newborn care, diapers and probes of various creams, oils and shampoos. A similar gift came to Kate by mail three months after giving birth.
I really want this level of delivery to finally reach our country. Still, at such an important moment for every woman, I really want to have a close person, a pleasant medical staff and to avoid unpleasant feelings as much as possible.
Our medicine in this matter is far behind. Mothers are denied anesthesia. And in order to take a partner with you, you need to agree with the doctor, pay an expensive family room, bring her husband’s fluorography, and sometimes send him to a blood donor. In other words, go through all the seven circles of hell.
Would you like to give birth in another country? Do you know any other interesting features of birth abroad?