Having a baby in France – maternity leave

Posted on Jul 4, 2017

If you live in France, and you want to have a baby here, then you should know that the French healthcare system is considered one of the best placed to have a child. However, you have to make sure that when you find out that you are pregnant, you are registered with a midwife or doctor, because they will offer you details on the services you can benefit of, if you have a baby here. You should understand that the process of having a baby in France would be different from the one of having a baby back home. You have to do some research to find more details, and be informed, because the process might surprise you. Here is a guide that will help you find have a clear idea on the things you should expect the following months.


Birth and maternity in France

The majority of parents-to-be choose to give birth at a maternity hospital in France, being assisted by a midwife. The French healthcare system is considered one of the best from the world, if it were to consult the international surveys, and the majority of maternity hospitals here are public. Also, you have the possibility to go to a private hospital, and in this case you will stay more comfortable. But, before deciding the type of hospital you will choose, you should complete the formalite arret 93. In addition, it is advisable to check your insurance, because not all of them allow people to select private healthcare. You should know that giving birth in a private hospital might cost you € 5000 daily, so you have to make sure that you afford paying this tax. If you want to opt for home birth, then you should check if your insurance covers it, because it is considered a risky situation.

Maternity leave in France

The French healthcare system considers mandatory to take at least 8 weeks of maternity leave. You are allowed to take up to 16 weeks of maternity leave, and in the majority of cases, women choose to take 6 weeks before giving birth, and 10 after having the baby. In case you have your third child, then you can have even 26 weeks of maternity leave. However, if you will be giving birth to twins, then you can stay home 34 weeks, and if you have triplets then the period will increase to 46 weeks. In addition, if you adopt a child then you will benefit of the 10 weeks maternity leave. Also, if you experience pregnancy-related medical issues, you have the possibility to extend your leave. Moreover, you should know that during this period your employment contract cannot be terminated. In case you are unemployed, you still have the possibility to opt for maternity leave, but you should check the local regulations and rules, to see what the requirements for this are. If you expect a baby, you should pre-register with a nursery, because it may take a time until you find one that suits your needs. Make sure you are informed on the documentation you have to bring, if you want to opt for childcare in France.