We returned to France for our son’s birth

Letty David and partner Paolo’s experience of her pregnancy and labour in France was almost entirely positive

Shortly after I found out I was pregnant, my partner and I agreed we would move back to France from the UK. It was the right choice, writes new mum Letty David who now lives in Haute-Vienne

For a first-timer, being pregnant was a rollercoaster of questions, emotions and decisions. But the medical and social support in France, during and after my pregnancy, was reassuring. If I had accepted all the services (for free) on top of the basic medical care, being pregnant would have been a full-time job.

I was born in France, and had only lived in the UK for a few years as a student, so I already had a GP who was very enthusiastic when I went to see him.

“Excellent! A baby!” he said. “You can put on nine kilos, but no more!” He completed a raft of forms, prescribed anti-nausea medication, iron and folic acid and sent me for a scan to confirm that I really was expecting a little bundle of joy.

I met my incredibly efficient midwife at the scan and was offered home visits, counselling, exercise classes, help with paperwork, and a guided tour of the maternity unit.

She suggested information meetings covering pregnancy, paperwork, children’s rights, social services to explain maternity benefits, and childcare options – as ...

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