An Expat Talks about What is Was Like Having a Baby in
Mediterranean Sea in Genova, Italy
One expat who had her baby in Genova, Italy shares her experiences with the hospital, pre-natal care and doctors in Genova.
What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?
How recently did you give birth in the country that you are reporting on?
8 month 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 had my little boy in Galliera Hospital in Genova last July. My partner is Italian and he thought that it was the best choice as he had heard good reports about the hospital.
I went to the pre natal classes although I cannot speak fluent Italian it help me get used to the staff and always the lay out of the maternity ward. I had a epidural which was my form of pain relief as I would have preferred to use the birthing pool but it was out of order so I opted for the epidural instead.
I had to stay in the hospital for 3 days after the birth. I was so happy when I finally got to leave as I didn't enjoy being in there, on the whole most of the staff were lovely but there were a few staff who spoke to me in English which was very much appreciated.
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How did you choose your doctor, midwife or other type of medical professional?
I choose my Doctor through word of mouth mainly because he spoke a bit of English and we had heard good reports about him.
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 definately choose a different hospital. I had to have an operatition whilst back in the Uk as my stiches had not been done properly.
If a friend of yours living in the same country were expecting, what advice would you give her?
I would advise to make sure that you have a birthing plan, go to the anti natal classes just to meet other Mum's and get used to the lay out of the hospitals.
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My wife and I are about to move to italy where a company is going to sponsor me for a visa. I would be a contractor for them and would like to understand better how taxation works. We will be living there for the 7 years to get full citizenship.
Income as a contractor would be 130k euro. I understand that Italy has a tax agreement with the USA but I dont completely understand how it works. Since it is over $100k, it would be the italian tax rate of 43%, but how does that apply to USA taxes? Also what about the social security? I read it could be about 10.5% as well?
So roughly my net income would be:
130000 - 69500 (53.5%) = 60500 euro?
Is this enough to live on in Italy? We would own our home and vehicle. It would be a very comfortable income in the USA but we dont have nearly the tax rate as Italy does.
Do we pay the USA taxes also? Or is the taxes we pay in Italy a credit to what we would typically pay in the USA?
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First post..just joined up
I have this crazy idea of buying a run down or cheap place in Sicily to retire to in about 6 years time,so just started looking around now. Based in UK so maybe flying out for a few days in November to check out further.
I visited for the first time this year and loved it being a big fan of Montalbano & Arancini!
Been checking out some blogs and noting the plusses and cons of moving over!
I noted the 1 Euro places in Gangi a while back but obviously these are extremes but as my budget is very small about 30k Euros in total, there do seem a large selection of properties up to around that total, obviously requiring renovations.
I have been looking online at places like Gangi, Montalbano Elicona, San Piero Patti across to Castelbueno and even down as far as Palazzolo Acreide, which I visted earlier this year.
I am under no illusion of it like being on holiday and I would have to learn the language as well so any advice would be welcome and thoughts on the areas that I mentioned or indeed other places that you think might be of interest?
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