Dispatch from the maternity front: What it’s like to have a baby in France

Freshly back from maternity leave, FRANCE 24’s Florence Villeminot shares her insights about having a baby in France. While the number of births in the country is dropping, France remains one of the better performers within the European Union. One of the reasons is its healthcare system, “la Sécurité sociale”, which covers the bulk of the cost of having a baby. A key player in the whole process is someone called a “sage-femme” – a little-known profession outside of France. We also look at attitudes towards breastfeeding and an iconic toy that is a must in terms of baby gifts.

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