Does my experience count as I am French?
I had my baby in a clinic and the staff was really informative and helpful, and no one could have smoked in the rooms!
The birth was very complicated, I lost a lot of blood, I had a caesarian and had to be transfused ( is that the right word??)
I stayed in the maternity ward for 12 days...........
But I was never scared( could have been, I had a " toxémie gravidique" ) , but they were all so supportive and reassuring.
Here in Niort the local hospital is fine, no problem with the " maternité" , many of my friend were happy having their babies there.
I chose a clinic because I was pregnant with twins and I wanted the epidural, which was said to be rare in hospital ( Now it s just the same here, you can have it anywhere)
Too bad I'm 42, Id go for a little girl if I were younger........... Already got the name LOL but it will remain a fantasy !
I had my last one aged rather more than 42. Better than botox for making people think that you are young!
Frenchie you should have a try for at least one more...42 is not 'old' in any respect. Where I had my last baby I was told in the clinic here - at the last minute! - that epidural was the one and only form of pain relief available...they had no idea about gas and air or TENS; your other choice was to scream...which I did as junior was making his exit in the car park...and I was too far gone for the spinal option.
I saw the Mums leaning out their room windows, some attached to IV lines, puffing away on fags like mad throughout the day. And the meals were only fit for people like Posh Spice...tiny portions, I mean REALLY tiny, and not even a drink of water with a meal. Breakfast was just a dry breadroll with a pre-packed jam portion which to me is starvation rations - that was at 7.30am and lunch (if you could call it that) did not appear until 1pm. Not exactly a nutritional diet for a new mother intending to breastfeed and needing those extra calories. Boy was I glad to get home!
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