Depending on where you live, having a home birth in France may not be an option. Insurance costs are too high for midwives to deliver babies from the homes, so few are available nationwide. In some cities, you may find a midwife (sage femme) who is uninsured that is willing to do this but I would not count on it.
We are moving up north to Caen soon to be near family for the birth of the baby. We called several midwifes only to find out that there is no one willing to do a home birth. Well, we did find one midwife but she lives 45 minutes away and refuses to deliver babies more than 30 minutes away. So it looks like we are stuck with doing a hospital birth.
From my research, only about 1% of babies are delivered at home. I have found that the demand for home births here are low, so there is not much of a need for midwives to start offering this option. While hospital births at public hospitals are reimbursed 100% by social security, home births are only partially reimbursed. [Read more…]