What to expect when expecting a baby in France
The decision to have a baby is one of the most important choices you will make in your life. If you are living in the Seine-Saint-Denis department, you are indeed lucky. France is largely considered one of the best places for having kids. And for pursuing a career of course. You enjoy medical care, so not having a healthy pregnancy is out of the question. Let us not forget about maternity leave provided by the Securite Sociale Seine Saint Denis. If you expecting a baby in France, it is time you learned a little more about how things work.
Confirming your pregnancy
First things first, you have to confirm that you are expecting a baby. It is essential to go see a gynecologist. After an examination, the healthcare professional will be able to confirm the pregnancy. The doctor will want to determine your blood type and see if you are at risk of developing diseases. The first doctor’s visit should take place 6 or 8 weeks after you have missed your period. Before that time, the results are inconclusive. You should not confuse this visit with the first prenatal visit. If the doctor confirms the pregnancy, you will receive a déclaration de grossesse (declaration of pregnancy) that you have to send to the CPAM (Caisse Primaire d’Assurance Maladie) et the CAF (Caisse d’Allocations Familiales) closest to your location.
Respectful maternity care
In France, every woman enjoys social benefits during her pregnancy and even some years after giving birth. Costs related to medical supervision and of course delivery are covered by the social security system. This means that you do not have to pay for monthly check-ups, medical examinations, baby ultrasounds, delivery, and hospitalization costs. If you want a more comfy stay, you can go to a private hospital. Yet, you will have to dig deep into your pockets. If you do not have the financial resources, you can go to the PMI (Protection Maternelle ET Infantile). There, everything is free.
The maternity leave is supported by the social security system. If you live in Seine-Saint-Denis, you will be required to take at least 8 weeks of maternity leave. In fact, this applies to all women living in France. It is important to inform your employer of your pregnancy as soon as possible. You can do this by registered letter accompanied by a medical certificate confirming your situation. Once you have done this, you are safe. The law fixes no deadline, but it is a good idea to send the letter at the beginning of the second trimester of pregnancy.
When it comes to taking your parental leave, you enjoy a high degree of flexibility. More precisely, you can spread your leave so that you have more free days after giving birth. Should there be any problems additional leave will be granted.
What happens to your employment contract
During your maternity leave, your employment contract will simply be suspended. However, you will keep your employment terms and conditions. The parental leave is counted as the actual working time, especially for the calculation of your seniority. What is more, women on maternity leave receive complement money from their employers.