Welcome to @Manu83 who is 35 weeks pregnant in Italy.
I am starting this thread to chat about the differences in health care systems between Australia and Italy
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13-08-2014 09:54 #1
The different maternal health systems - Australia and Italy
13-08-2014 09:59 #2
In Australia there are 2 systems
Private - where you have a private Obstetrician who is in charge of your care throughout, and delivers the baby
and Public - where you have a team of midwives who are responsible for your care during pregnancy - overseen by obstetricians if necessary - and you deliver in a public hospital or birth centre overseen by the obstetrician 'on duty'.
the rate of homebirth in Australia is relatively low ... our system is fairly medicalised ... and the c/section rate is rising.
How has your pregnancy gone so far?
what are your plans for work after the baby comes? What is the maternity leave system like?
13-08-2014 10:41 #3Senior Member
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26-08-2014 05:26 #5Junior Member
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Also in Italy you can choose a private hospital or clinic, but I think you must pay a lot of money for it!!
I don’t know how it’s organized, so I’ll talk only about the public hospital system.
However the information I give you are related to my personal experience: sometimes something may be different or changed depending on the region and the hospital too.
I’ve just learnt that after the birth, when you are at the hospital (3 days of stayng, if everything is ok) there are some female staff called “puericultrici” who help you with the baby; they teach you how to change nappy, how to wash the bub, how to breast feed, etc.
In my hospital they try to be more natural as it is possible. So c/sections are avoided (if not essential); immediately after the birth the bub is put on the mother’s chest for two hours, without being washed: this operation is called “skin to skin” and helps the bub to calm himself, hear mum’s heartbeat and smell her odor, and helps mother to “recognize” her baby.
After decades of pushing on artificial milk, now they push on breast feed. So they teach you how to do it and help you if you have any problems.
How many days do you spend in hospital after birth?
I’m sorry but I’ll speak to you about the job and maternity next time, because I’m not so good in English so I spend a lot of time to write a post!
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