Pregnancy Questions

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I would like to hear from women who have had babies in Cannes. Did you go to the hospital or use the only existing clinic? What were your experiences? Were you able to have any kind of birth plan during your labor?   Also, can anyone tell me how one registers your child for the cresh? Where do you go and what papers do you take with you? Does anyone have any experieces with creshes in Cannes? Also, are there any other mothers to be in cannes currently who will be delivering in February or march?   Thank you for your help and look forward to hearing from you.

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michaelandkate 1123792944

Hello and congrats!

I've had 2 children in clinics in Cannes.  The first was born  2 1/2 years ago in Clinique St Nicolas (now closed) and the second, last July, at the Clinque Oxford (also called the Polyclinique).  When I was there, the maternity ward was only 6 mths old.  It was spotless, the staff were excellent and I cannot fauly my experience there (or indeed at the old clinque st nicolas).  When I was pregnant, I went along to Clinique Oxford and asked the Receptionist at the Maternite to have a look around.  She let me see a room.  Most rooms are single, all have an ensuite shower rooms, balcony and baby bathing area.  Serioulsy, it was like a 4* hotel, with room service!  The perfect start for life for a little one.

That said, I had a straightforward delivery.  The clinics are lovely but do not deal with ill babies/mothers.  They do caesarians and treat babies for jaundice, but any bigger problems with baby and/or mother and you get rushed to hospital.  In the absolute worst case, you could be seperated from your baby for a short time.  At the end of the day, they make the health of mother and baby before anything.

I am (all too) familiar with Hopital de Brousailles and whilst the treatment I have received has been good, you are in an old building with stretched resources and shared rooms.  The Hopital de Grasse is your other option, and although I have heard good reports, its quite a drive from Cannes when you're in labour!

Forget any ideas you have about birth plans.  You should know whether you want pain killers (they dont do gas and air here, and morphine is very rare), so its natural or epidural.  The midwives will ask you on entry if you want one (you will already have had an appointment with the anaethetist).  The doctors here will put you on a monitor straight away (so yes, you will be strapped down) to listen to the babies heart beat and you will be on a drip, but this is only glucose but means that everything is in place should you need more pain killers, or extra treatment.  So, forget the idea of walking around whilst in labour.  Also, no eating or drinking once you get into hospital (not that you'll feel like it) but again, this is incase you need an operation or more treatment.

So, once you take time to think about it - although its  nice to think about a birth plan, the french system is practical and puts the baby first.  So whilst, the english and american doctors make the mum feel warm and cosy, the french system (although laking in bedside manner for the mum to be) does put the health of you and your baby first.

Dont know if you're in the French system.  If you are, you need to see if your insurance covers 100% of clinics fees otherwise you will need to pay some of the costs.  If you are British and in the British system, your E1-11 covers pregnancy and maternity (not 100% for clinics tho, only hospitals).  Still, I had to pay the 25%, and I cant remember how much it cost in the end, but from memory it was only a couple of hundred euros for a private room and the very best care.

Finally, my experience has been that the choice of gynacologist determines the choice of clinic/hospital.  (In France the gyna delivers the baby, the midwives assist).  My gyna was excellent (if not lacking a bit with bedside manner) and he only delivers babies in Clinque Oxford.

As for creches, why dont you pop into the local one and ask these questions?  Thats what I did for my local creche (who didnt ask for any papers) and I'm sure they'll help you out.  (I do have a friend with a baby in a Cannes creche if you want me to ask her).

Good luck, get in touch if I can help further, and enjoy!!!

poochie-197749 1123841038

Are we allowed different labour positions over here (ie squatting etc) or can I just forget about that right now...? Can't believe not allowed to walk around etc, that's shocking, surely they know it helps....? Odd.

steph75-182837 1123843215

Apparently if you opt for an epidural, you won't be able to feel a thing in the lower part of your body, let alone being able to walk around !

michaelandkate 1123851168

I understand what you mean about being strapped down on the delivery table.  But, the reasons are all good.  

Look at it this way... they strap you down to put a heart beat monitor on your baby - so, if your baby is getting destressed, they know straight away, better that than you are wandering around not knowing.  

Equally, they put you on a drip so that if you need an emergency cesaerian they can get on with it straight away - better that than they are wasting time trying to insert a drip.  

Equally, no food or water incase you need emergency intervention, better that than they are trying to give you pain killers and you are being sick!!

lynnettejane 1123948320

Continuous monitoring vis CTG increass the risk of intervention and C Section, this is research based fact. In the UK and possibly other more enlightened countries we have moved away from strapping women to monitors unless there is a specific indiciaton for it. Only having epidural as pain relief seriously curtails thr woman's choice, so I fear this practice is more about control and unnecessary speeding up of labour as and when they choose, rather than putting the interests of the baby first. I should seriously look around for a clinic that offers more in the way of pain relief or perhaps, if everything is normal opting for a home confinement with an independent midwife

regards Lynnette

leslie-179832 1123949313


It seems as though NO CLINIQUE in this area offers any other options, and I imagine less so in a hospital setting, which I would like to avoid. I am unfortunately resigning myself to the fact that I will have to be controlled by the fascist medical regime in order to get on wtih it! I do not see a home birth as an option for myself due to certain circumstances and possible risk factors.

What evidence do you have that states that fetal monitoring contributes to intervention and c-setion more often? How can it do that?




lynnettejane 1123955451

Further to my email, the research I will look out, continuous monitoring led to rises in C Section due to misinterpretation and also looking at every little blip on the trace and regarding them as abnormal = C Section. In the uk fetal blood sampling would be undertaken before commiting to section, if the results show poor oxygenation of the fetus then C Section would be performed, if not then the labour would be allowed to continue. I can't tell you haw mny times C Sections have been performed on the basis of the trace alone, and when the baby is delivered it is obvious that it has not been compromised and the cord blood analysis that follows confirms this. It would seem that the French medical system treats labour as problematic from the outset, rather than a normal physilogical event. By the way you do not need a Dr to deliver a baby, midwives are perfectly capable of doing just that. Fortunately in the unit where i work, Drs are only there for problems that may arise and for complications in pregnancy. The normal is the province of the midwife who incidentally still help women to birth their babies even if there has been a problem, the Drs merely oversee, remain informed and intervene only when invited by the midwives. I guess our women are lucky

regards Lynnette

nedzer 1171665738


my husband and i are moving to the south next month. i am 4 months pregnant with our first baby! as my french is limited i am wondering if anybody can offer advice on english speaking gynacologists/hospitals and antenatal classes.

thanks a million!


cannesniceazur-215344 1171668562

With all the comments on France and their system!

Let me tell you that i was more then happy to have my second child born in France then in one of the "enlightened" countries, like Holland or UK...

In France they take giving labour very serious! Well i think that's better then they other way around.

In the Netherlands i was under the care of a midwife who let me wait 24 hours before calling a gynaecologist... My son had a concussion and i was left with a lung embolie which endangered my life.

My second child i had in Brousailles and although the place may not look like a 4 star hotel the doctors are great. And now i know that's a hell of a lot more important then appearances...

So for me, Vive la France !!! And if i were you i would count myself lucky to be in one of the best health care countries in Europe!!!

Good luck with your delivery and don't worry!

Nora Batty 007 1171670172

cannesniceazur, I couldn't agree more. The care I received in Antibes hospital, where my second child was born was out of this world. From the midwife to the less qualified (auxiliary?)nurses, everyone knew their job well. No epidural or painkillers - in fact, I was left alone to get on with it, but never felt neglected, as the midwife would pop in every so often, and was very kind - but firm.

They do seem a bit more rugged over here in their attitude to pain, but I found their competence reassuring - in contrast to the chatting student doctors I suffered in England, with the first (and worst) birth. I don't think any new Mums have much to worry about over here.

Epidural was available, but not on a Sunday(!) - that might have changed 15 years later.

The Pigtails-195986 1171702419

I'm so glad I'm not alone in my adoration of birthing in France!! I had nothing but happy reassurance of the tough way they treat birth here! I asked my friend back home who is a midwife,could I go back to the UK to birth? she was utterly shocked at my demand, she told me the france was No 1 in the birthing field & that I was lucky to be there!! Dont kid yourself that the perfect birth & a beautiful memory of the big day exists!!? No birth is like a movie, be assured that here in france they have the top technology & your & your babies life as a priority. Try & forget what exists in england & open your eyes to a different way of thinking, appreciate your personnel experience that your about have & most of all relax & enjoy, you really could be in better hands! Regards Pigtails

FYI: the best part of any birth, good or bad, is the part when you see your baby for the first time & it all becomes real, the route for them to get here is unimportant!!

Stay happy, stay in love..........

The Pigtails-195986 1171702562

Opps, that looks bad! i meant to say "you really couldn't be in better hands."

Stay happy, stay in love..........

StephanieC-185633 1174714660

Hi Sinead,

I have just found out that I am 2 months pregnant, very scared at first but now very excited.

I live in La Roquette sur Siagne with my husband for 5 years now.

Have you had any joy with finding a gyno etc


nedzer 1174761282

hi stephanie,

congrats! i have not found any doctor in the south but that is only because at the moment i live in near paris and now i have decided to stay here until the baby is born! i really hope you find someone you will be comfortable with and i wish you all the best. its so exciting but i get you when you say scary too!!!!


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