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An Expat Talks about What is Was Like Having a Baby in Athens, Greece

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Athens

How recently did you give birth in the country that you are reporting on?

13 months ago

Describe your experience giving birth there. What type of facility did you go to? What (if any) type of pain management did you use? How long did you stay in the hospital? Was it a positive experience? Etc...

I went to the first midwife-run facility in Athens--but there are midwives aplenty in the villages. I had a completely natural delivery--except they coerced me into breaking my waters and starting pictocin, which made everything quite unnecessarily painful. They also gave me an episiotomy, which I was against. It's hard to stand to your convictions when going through such a hormone- and pain-fueled experience, but have supportive people around you who know your wishes. And don't let yourself alone with any medical personel whatsoever!!!! They aren't always looking out for your best interests. I stayed two days before going home with Gabriel, and the midwife only made one visit to check on us (and collect her money) -- very unprofessional. Unfortunately, they were the best I found, as I went to (literally) FIVE ob's before finding them. Greece has a very high c-section rate (almost 50%) and if you want to avoid this, you must pick your ob very carefully. Really question him. All perform routine episiotomies and discourage rooming in and nursing! If possible, I encourage you to ask about village midwives (maia's) to do your delivery, and stay home, if possible. If I had just stayed in my safe little apartment, they never would've been able to give me the pictocin and threaten me with a c-section. Only after we told them we wouldn't be using their private doctor for any emergency, but rather going to the state hospital--then they finally shut up and did their jobs. Relax. It was a mixed bag, experience-wise. Yes, I have some issues with how they mistreated me, but the alternatives were so much worse.

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How did you choose your doctor, midwife or other type of medical professional?

I went to five private and one state ob's before finally settling two months before I was due on a group of midwives who worked with an ob. They have a birthing center and will come to your house. I chose them b.c. of their philosophical differences from the mysogonistic doctors I encountered before them.

If you were to have another child in this country, would you do anything differently in terms of preparation and/or the delivery?

I would go to the La Letch League meetings. They have them in English in a few locations. I would also trust my instinct more, say NO when I truly wanted to. I wanted to have the baby in the house from early on, but my husband was scared (our first baby) and we opted for the clinic.

If a friend of yours living in the same country were expecting, what advice would you give her?

I Would Not give her the name of this group of midwives--they were all terrible, unsympathetic wretches in my labor, taking time off to sleep b.c. I wasn't going fast enough. I would tell my friend to find a nice old midwife from the village who's been working autonomously forever and ever, and pay her to come to the house for the delivery. It's truly the safest option if you want a natural and safe labor and delivery. Plus, she will encourage nursing, which Nobody does there--not pediatricians, ob's, no one. Good Luck!

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Comments about this Report

guest
Sep 27, 2010 01:40

i would love to hear more from you about birth in Greece. i am a childbirth educator from new Zealand who also teaches private birth preparation classes, works as a birth companion to women and would love to find some work in Greece with English-speaking parents-to-be if it were possible. My email is info@holisticbirth.co.nz

guest
Jun 29, 2011 11:28

This is a pile of crap. I had my babies in Greece - all 4 and the experiences there were SO much better than the births of the other 2 in the States. There, I almost lost my life and the life of one of my kids since the doctor had not "heard of women who do not actually go into labor..." Oh give me a break!

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Healthcare in Paros, Greece

Yes in pharmacy, sometimes no prescription needed. You pay 25% of the cost if a member of EOPPY

Healthcare in Paros, Greece

An expat from the United Kingdom offers her insight into the health care system on the island of Paros in Greece. Information shared includes how it compares to the UK, pharmacies, cost and more.

Healthcare in Parikia Paros, Greece

An expat on Paros Island in Greece offers insight about the quality and availability of healthcare on an island in Greece. Expats should be aware that there are no true hospitals on Paros Island.

Answer Questions about Healthcare in Greece

Help others moving to Greece by answering a set of questions about health insurance, public healthcare in Greece, prescription medicine, quality of medical care and emergency services.

Having-a-Baby-In-GreeceExpats Talk about What it's Like Having a Baby in Greece

Read recent baby reports submitted for Athens and Athens.

If you're an expat parent who had a baby abroad, write a report about your childbirth experiences to help other expecting expat parents.

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