Giving birth in Sweden Posted by Gabriel on Jan 7, 2010 in Swedish Language
One step above examining, is actually experiencing….and I got the opportunity three days ago to experience the birth of my second child in Sweden. Herman Alexander. He’s a beautiful boy and a rock star. (rockstjärna)
If I was to have another child, I would choose Sweden over any other country…which, according to my wife, won’t matter, because we won’t be having another one. She keeps repeating over and over again “this is the last one, this is the last one!”
Giving birth in Sweden versus the United States
I could write a thesis about the differences between giving birth in Sweden compared to the US (that’s where I come from so it’s the only informed comparison I can make), but I’ll lay out a few of the key points here: (some of you may never need this, or are too young to care, so sorry if this bores you)
In Sweden, midwifes (barnmorskor) manage the entire pre, during and post birth process. Unless there are complications, the only time you see a doctor is after the birth to check the eyes, ears, heart and other important things.
The entire process around birth is managed with as little intervention (ingrepp) as possible. And it works, as Sweden is the safest place in the world to give birth, according to a recent report by Save the Children. Sweden also tops the list as the best place in the world to be a mother and a child. The United States ranked 27th.
The C-section rate is lower in Sweden (around 17%) than in most other western industrialized countries. With 31.1%, the United States has the second highest rate among these countries.
Like I said, I could go on and on, but I think you see where I’m getting here.
Obviously I think giving birth in Sweden is a positive experience…and despite the ongoing pain, my wife agrees.
Does anyone have an experience they can share or any opinions on what I’ve written. I’m sure some of you strongly disagree and I welcome a lively debate. This tends to be a contentious issue. (fråga)
And before I pull my deeply jealous daughter off of my newborn son’s skull, I must relate one more important detail. In Sweden, birth is free (gratis).
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