How Old is Baby Now...

Thursday, 2 March 2017

My pregnancy blog from the beginning

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Friday, 10 June 2011

Plans to extend paternity leave

FATHERS are encouraged to take a month off work to look after a new-born child under new measures put forward to the French government.
A report submitted to the minister for solidarity, Roselyne Bachelot, has called for both parents to have four weeks of paid leave immediately after birth. Men are currently eligible for just 11 days, capped at about €80 per day.

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Monday, 9 May 2011

Breast pumps

From my friend Carolina:

As I am breastfeeding Matilda, my midwife said there was a service to rent breast pumps that was reimbursed by the social security. You need a prescription from your GP, Gynéco, pediatrician or midwife. Mine says: "Location d'un tire lait éléctrique  double pompage avec accessoires pendant 6 mois". 

I called Grandir Nature (0800 622 833) and made an appointment for a conseiller to call me back. She did and she asked me a series of questions to see which breast pump suited my needs. I also bought a little set of accessories, which is also reimbursed by the social security and mutuelle. They deliver your breast pump 48 hrs later to your door OR 24 hrs later (if ordered before a certain time, I can't remember) to a Relais Colis.

They also sell organic cloth nappies, organic herbal teas to help breast feeding, creams, bras, cushions (all for breastfeeding, you understand), tops, bottles, cleaning products for baby clothes, bedding, and all sorts of different things, organic, equitable, etc. Really good. . Visit their website, I'm sure it will be explained much better...

Thank you Carolina.

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Parental leave rules explained

EUROPEAN MPs have backed a draft law that would extend maternity leave to 20 weeks on full pay, but the French government is against the proposal because of its cost.

The plan was approved at first reading by MEPs in Strasbourg. Ministers from each member state will now debate it in the Council of Europe.

Fromer family minister Nadine Morano is against the increase, which she estimates would cost the French social security system an extra €1.3bn a year.

She says the EU should instead look at ways of allowing couples to share their leave time as they see fit, because “fathers today want to be a bit more involved”.

Friday, 21 January 2011

Modern Home Modern Baby blog

When you see that heartbeat at your first ultrasound, the world stops for just a second and all of the fear and wonder of possibility rushes in. With my first child, the “I am having a baby!” thought filled me with such dreams – I could imagine us, as a family, walking in the park, going to the beach, teaching my child to be a citizen of the world. We could do it! Travel and children are not mutually exclusive, we told ourselves!

Monday, 6 December 2010

New contacts

A friend sent these details over after good and friendly service

For scans:

Dr Françoise Deschamps-Boujol
Ecographie gynecologique et obstetricale - Doppler
131 Avenue de Lodève
34080 Montpellier
Tel: 04 67 75 72 55

Didn't have to wait long for an appointment (for the following week, actually). Doctor printed all the photos there and then and the secretary typed all the info there and then so I only had to wait, literally, five minutes and I left with all the reports for my doctor. 

Fab office, all very high tech. 4D scans, (for which you can bring a DVD R with you to record) massive flat screen on the wall for mummy and daddy to watch. Very friendly staff (sounds all very superficial, but it is very useful to know in situations like this). 

There are a few signs on the walls, however, warning that coming with other children to do pregnancy scans is not recommended. I didn't read exactly what it said but they'd rather you didn't turn up with other kids.
There are massive roadworks around there so if you have a GPS you are ok but if not, bus number 15 goes from the Montpellier train station and you want the stop LES TONNELLES.

Didn't have an ordonnance either, as it was just for my piece of mind as I was being so anxious so I had to pay €50 and they asked for my carte vitale, although I don't know if I will be refunded or not. I was so pleased with it all that I will go back there with my 22 week scan ordonnance to do it.

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Mosquito Gadget

Just received my new baby mosquito repellant gadget - The Lovebug.

It's a chemical free ladybird shaped thing that you can attach to the cot or wherever to protect baby from mozzie bites - it emits a tiny noise like a dragonfly's wing beat which is the mosquito's natural predator.

I got it from Hello Baby.  It's a good idea to click on the side of the buggy when out eating in the evening or in the bedroom at night. It works with a 9 volt battery.