First part here.
Another topic I would like to talk about is medical care. I can speak basic Czech and I am now
familiar with the medical vocabulary surrounding taking care of a baby.
The doctor is very nice and helpful and we're getting the treatment
free, as our baby is under my health insurance. Of course we paid for
some extras such as non mandatory vaccinations. The non vax trend is
unfortunately spreading here as well, but we have a level headed doctor.
state run clinic or poliklinika we go to is well equipped and the child
section is friendly. The visit schedule at the doctors is divided so
that sick kids go in the morning. There are a lot of mandatory visits
and all the info is in the little booklet where the doctor writes down
the baby's health status. You have to have an attending doctor, here,
who follows your child's development. You can change the doctor but I
think you can have only one at once, since you have to register. This
doctor will refer you to specialists if needed. I have been in contact
with doctors at the children's hospital and I found them helpful and
well trained. They do speak English but as I've usually noticed here
with doctors and other officials, they would rather not, if they can
avoid it. I also find that that, at least our doctor prefers not to take
risks and a day or two in the hospital will be prescribed more easily
than in France or Romania.
Kids here are not better
behaved then children elsewhere, nor do they eat all their carrots and
peas. Maybe they are more attached to the mother, since they spend more
time with her but in Romania and France, I've also seen kids who would
not stay 10 minutes alone with another caretaker and who are what you'd
call spoiled. Kids here do spend a lot of time outside, this is in the
culture of doing sports, outdoor activities, but I am sure they also
love the Nintendo DS and I have seen some who were mesmerized by their
tablet. It's true that, compared to French children, Czechs are not so
travel long distances from an early age: the country is smaller too and
there are not many in our case, where grandparents are 3 countries away
and we have to travel a lot (4 trips in 7 months).
are my notes so far on having a baby in the Czech Republic. I'll write
more as I learn more but so far it looks like a great place to have