Pregnancy in France

by fatinter

In this nation, the birth rate exceeded the figure of 828,400 births in 2008. That is why it is common to see in the French country families with three or four children. French women usually benefit from epidurals, but also, as in Spain, they have relatively high rates of cesareans and episiotomies. Authorizations for medical examinations, protection against dismissal, contract duration, salary evolution, changes in working conditions, vacations, salary ... if you are going to be a mother soon, this basic information is mandatory knowledge. Many of these rights also benefit parents.

Labor rights for pregnant women

The employer cannot use the pregnancy when refusing to hire a woman, break their contract during the trial period, or make a change of job. Therefore, a woman is NOT obliged to communicate her pregnancy to her employer unless she wants to benefit from the rights that correspond to her. Some of these rights as Absence Authorizations to attend mandatory medical follow-up examinations during pregnancy and after delivery. The pregnant woman's partner also has the right to absent herself from her job to attend these mandatory medical examinations three times.

Protection against dismissal.

In France, the employer can not dismiss a female worker during the following periods:

Pregnancy (medically proven)

The holidays (congés payés) that immediately follow the maternity leave (if this is the case). 10 weeks after the expiration of the previous periods. Something to applaud is that the father also benefits from this protection against dismissal during the 10 weeks that follow the birth of the child, except in the two previous cases.

During the maternity leave or the vacation that the worker takes immediately after the loss, the dismissal cannot be effective or notified to the worker in any case. Even if the employer alleges a serious fault or cannot keep the job. A very interesting fact is that French hospitals will pay up to 300 euros to pregnant women who quit smoking during pregnancy to prove the success of this strategy. The pilot initiative will begin in the hospitals of Paris in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute. For 36 months, the test will try to prove if the economic incentive manages to convince women smokers to abandon their habit during pregnancy. The women, who will receive vouchers of 20 euros progressively until reaching a sum of 300 euros, which can be exchanged in supermarkets or stores for children's products, will be prohibited from using any electronic cigarette, or any other tobacco product while their pregnancy lasts. In addition, to check that they meet the objective will be subjected to periodic checks through blood and urine tests.

France is the European country that registers more births per year and is more: the average is 2.07 children for every French woman. The reason that explains this fact is the following: the French government provides economic incentives to women who work in the first three years of each of their children. Also, France also chooses to give from 900 euros to more to mothers who work full time or four days a week, with a minimum of two children. Traditionally in history, mothers gave birth to their children at home, with the help of a midwife (experienced woman) and the women of the family, there was no cesarean, no anesthesia possible: the delivery was painful and dangerous, since the death toll was from 1% to 2%.

At the national level, the great change is evident in 1952: more than half of the French women choose the hospital. A rate that goes from 85% in 1962 to 96% in 1974. Only the women of the high bourgeoisie and the rural media still give birth at home. In the post-war period, maternal mortality declined remarkably: for every 100 000 births, it went from 81 deaths in childbirth, in 1951, to 54 in 1957. To vindicate the intimacy of the process of giving birth and everything that goes beyond the parameters of healthiness in this process, militant movements want to reinstate delivery at home. This practice has been made impossible because of the insurers that do not recognize it or accept it. However, a midwifery project (intermediate option between home delivery and hospital) was proposed in 1998 and was launched in 2001.

some last data so that although many do not like it, we must not leave them aside since they are numbers and very important information something that is talked about and discussed all over the world such as abortion and is something that directly affects the thinking of pregnant women or not. Women who wish to have an abortion in France can do so outside of hospitals during the first five weeks of pregnancy, according to the norm signed yesterday by the Health Minister, Philippe Douste-Blazy, which will allow to implement an approved legal principle, theoretically, for three years. In Spain, the pill is administered in hospitals.

Some 50,000 women are estimated to be able to resort to this procedure, a fact to be considered in a country where about 220,000 interruptions of pregnancy are practiced every year. Until now, the practice of abortion by means of pills was only possible in the hospital or in the clinic, the only centers authorized to deliver the medicines. The patient was hospitalized on the day of taking the second tablet, which triggers the abortion. To perform the abortion outside the hospital, the woman must not have finished the fifth week of pregnancy (seven weeks after the absence). To perform the abortion outside the hospital, the woman must not have finished the fifth week of pregnancy (seven weeks after the absence).


  In the first consultation, the doctor ( geo allo garde dentiste ) informs the patient of the different possible techniques. There must be a second consultation to sign the permission to practice the abortion. To the third, the woman must make the first shot, in the presence of the doctor: one pill of the pill RU 486. Two days later (fourth consultation) she will take two commitments of Gymiso (a hormonal treatment), she will return home and there she will wait for the expulsion of the fetus, which will occur within few hours, up to a maximum of three days after the second shot. The fifth and last mandatory medical consultation will serve as verification that everything is correct