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An Expat Talks about What is Was Like Having a Baby in Poznan, Poland

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

Poznan

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

02/09/2009

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 had my baby in Polna hospital Poznan - this is a maternity hospital. I am Irish living in Poznan and I spent all my pregnancy in Poznan and delivered in this hospital. My gynacologist spoke english and was from a practice called Nereida - my doctors name was Krzysztof Hadas - As recommended by my doctor I paid to have my own midwife areound 80euro I was able to meet with her before the birth, look at the ward e.t.c and she was there for labour. Polna is a university hospital with many english students so language was not an issue with the staff, my midwife did not speak english. I found the facilities excellent modern intimate single labour rooms with toilet and shower, after the birth I was in a room with one other women, the food was basic but wholesome and the care was excellent. I was in hospital 3 days after the birth. I would advise for first babies some prenatal classes for breast feeding prep e.t.c with an english speaker, its available if you look. I felt very secure and was really made feel at ease and very well cared for. A very positive experience. Epidural is not widely used in this hospital but can be ordered in advance. I found the pain medication on offer very adequate.

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

I made enquires through the Poznan University of international medicine to find an english speaking doctor, also the Poznan International ladies club.

www.nereida.pl/Nereida - Dr Krzysztof Hadas

He speaks english and lectured in english medical terms so has all the tools to explain any issues.

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

Yes, I would have had prenatal classes in particular for breast feeding in english, breast prep etc.

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

Don't worry - Poznan maternity prenatal, labour and post natal facilities and care is excellent. Your in good hands, as a european citizen with an E1 11 card my labour cost 300pln, midwife 700pln the monthly doctors visits cost 130pln per visit, various tests etc about 600pln.

Excellent care very good experience.

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