YOUR GUIDE TO THE BIRTH SERVICES
For women who wish to become pregnant, it is important to know that even before conception, the so-called preconception phase, it is useful to adopt a healthy lifestyle to increase the chances of conception, to reduce the risk of complications during pregnancy and to the health of the unborn child. In case of chronic maternal diseases, before starting a pregnancy, you should consult your doctor.
All you need to know about pregnancy
In the section dedicated to pregnancy, you can obtain information on the duration, changes in the body, as well as suggestions on the diet to follow and the vitamins to be taken, upon medical advice.
At this stage it is important to recognize the signs of labour approaching and what happens during labour and delivery..
Puerperium: The postpartum period
The term puerperium means the period from two hours later the birth of the child, to the return of the reproductive system to the anatomical conditions before pregnancy. For the new mother, a new phase begins which is characterized by important physical changes such as the drop in hormones and/or new emotions that can sometimes lead to postpartum depression..
Services guaranteed by the NHS
The National Health Service (SSN) offers free health services to protect maternity, pregnancy and the health of unborn children, provided at accredited public and private health facilities, including family counselling centres.The Decree of the President of the Council of Ministers of 2017 provides for a new list of specialist services for the protection of maternity exempt from paying the co-pay fee (ticket).
To find out how the exemption for pregnancy works, visit the exemptions
To learn on the healthcare services for pregnancy exempted from payment, read the database
Birth pointsBefore choosing where to give birth, it is important to know that birth points (punti nascita) are defined as healthcare facilities where at least 1000 births a year occur, although there are birth points with a lower number of births in territories with specific geographical features such as mountainous areas and islands (where it is more difficult to reach large hospitals).