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An Expat Talks about What is Was Like Having a Baby in Alghero, Italy

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

Alghero

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

February 2010

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 gave birth in Ospedale Civile, it had been recommended to me by my gynecologist for having a low c-section outcome, other local hospitals are apparently quick to opt for them when a labour is progressing slowly.

It is an old hospital and I shared a room with 3 other women. The babies are kept in a nursery and brought to the Mums for feeding only. There were a number of shared bathrooms however they were all very shabby and small. I had to take my own toilet roll, cups, water but I knew this in advance.

I wanted a natural birth but presumed pain relief would have been available (after speaking to my mother in law), in fact they refused to give me anything despite being in labour for over 24hrs, I had been admitted as my baby was 10 days over due. Eventually a c section was required but I know for me there was no other option and the staff tried everything they could to deliver naturally.

Altogether I spent 6 days in hospital,because of being admitted, but normally only 4 days is required after a c section or 3 after a normal birth.

For me it wasn't a very positive experience, it was my first baby and I don't speak fluent Italian, when my labour started I wasn't moved to a private room, when the evening came my husband was told to go home and come back in the morning and that I should try to sleep which is not easy when you're having contractions every 5 minutes, they wouldn't break my waters until the morning which meant my labour progressed very slowly, the c section was fine, however my husband was not allowed to enter and when they took the baby out I wasn't allowed to see him so I had to wait a further 2 hours.

However, the gynecologists and midwives were all very nice and friendly but the nurses were brilliant.

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

I used the local consultorio familiare, I really like the gynecologist and midwife who worked there, they were both excellent and very thorough. I don't believe in paying for a private gynecologist when there is a state health service.

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 have another baby here but I would want to avoid another c section so would have to try and find a hospital which is prepared to try for VBAC, otherwise I know exactly what to expect.

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

Ask the hospital what pain relief is available, try and speak Italian.

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Hi everyone! I am a USA/EU (Romanian) citizen and my husband is American. We live in USA and we have a son. We are contemplating moving to Italy. Would my husband need a visa to enter Italy in order to apply for the residency permit or not providing i am an EU citizen? If yes, could we all come togeter (which we would prefer) or do i have to be there first and him to come afterwards? Thank you! ?

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Hi lovely people, We are a family from the UK (London/Hertford) who have just moved to Torre de Passeri, Abruzzo. We bought a property in February this year after renting in Atri for a few months. We have five kids, eldest is 9, then 7yr old twins and 5 year old twins. Other than ploughing through a course of Duolingo, none of us spoke any Italian before we moved here. The kids tried the local school in March for about a month but found it very hard to settle in. The school did very little to help them. They were bored and felt isolated. Consequently the kids decided to home educate for a year and perhaps wait until they have a better command of the language before trying school again if they choose. They are getting involved in the local sports groups but its still pretty lonely for them at this whole stage. Anyway, we would love to hear from any other English speaking families in Abruzzo, It would be great to meet you and perhaps there's even a family out there with children around the same ages who would like to meet up. Alexandra

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Can you have your baby in a private hospital in Italy? If yes, how does it work?

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An overview of the healthcare system in Italy - public and private hospitals, Servizio Sanitario Nazionale (SSN), getting your Tessera Sanitaria (healthcare card), vaccinations for Italy, prescription medication availability and more.

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5 Expat Moms Talk about Having a Baby in Italy

5 expat moms offer candid insight into what it's like giving birth in Italy - from bringing towels and toilet paper with you to the hospital to being refused pain medication. And, like most advice in Italy, word of mouth is the best way to find a good OB/GYN.

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Expats in Italy share tips and advice about healthcare and health insurance in Italy. Advice about finding an English-speaking doctor, using The Sistema Sanitario Nazionale (SSN) and more.

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Answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about healthcare and health insurance for expats in Italy.

Healthcare in Arezzo, Italy

Get established with a local doctor before you actually need one--you will need a primary car doctor to refer you to specialists.

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An expat in Italy discusses health care, pharmacies and health insurance costs. She explains that the cost of health insurance is nominal compared to the US and prescription medicine is very inexpens

Healthcare in Italy

To seek a university hospital and or doctors associate with one. To ask the locals for references.

Answer Questions about Healthcare in Italy

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

Having-a-Baby-In-ItalyExpats Talk about What it's Like Having a Baby in Italy

Read recent baby reports submitted for Montesilvano, Pescara and Genoa.

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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