Even if I wanted to going private is just not an option for me, and paying thousands of pounds to give birth is something I could never imagine being able to justify to myself even if I could afford it. So I was very pleased that in my request for birth stories to hear from several ladies who have given birth in the general hospitals (including the one I am using!) and all had positive experiences.
This is Kellie's story - she had her babies in the Famagusta General hospital, the same place I will be having mine.
I had both my children at the general hospital, it cost me €2 per check up – all blood tests and major scan were carried out at the hospital so I never needed to go private for anything. If I was able to have more children then I would certainly go back to the General.
There aren't any antenatal classes in Cyprus, they believe that we should automatically know what to do! but once I had my first child they were very good in showing me what to do. I was very happy with the after birth care with the nurses. They were very thorough and actually said that if I didn’t want to go home after 5 days I was more than welcome to stay!!!
What do you wish you had known about having a baby here beforehand? That they don’t do any drugs or gas and air!!!
Did you have a c-section or natural birth? I had natural birth with both my children – I was very close to having a c sec with my first but we managed to get there in the end. I had to be cut on both my births but apart from that everything went pretty smoothly
Did you have any pain relief? Nothing – they offered me a Panadol for the pain but that didn't even touch the sides! Pethidine was available
How long did you stay in hospital after birth? I had my son on the Tuesday and was out of hospital on the Saturday lunchtime, with my daughter it was 4 days. It was great!!! For the first 2 days I did nothing – the nurses cleaned, fed and looked after the baby. On the 3rd day they showed me what to do, on the 4th day they watched me like a hawk with what I was doing and the 5th day they left me to it.
With my 2nd child they left me to do everything myself unless I asked them for help which they were really happy to do.
Were you spoken to in English or Greek? They spoke in English.
I have only had children in Cyprus but I have many friends in the UK that have had children and listening to their stories I would pick Cyprus any day over the UK!!