The last kid was born in Slovakia and I must say the birth experience was easy and not stressful. As my wife lay in hospital, I sat at home, feet up, shoes off, beers and crisps within easy reach on the sofa, while I watched movies at home all day. This is not entirely true but more of a fantasy than a reality for me. The truth is, I was with her in the delivery room, pushing with her and feeling just as exhausted as she did. My new born baby plopped out in a bag and I filmed the whole event on my mobile phone and cut the umbilical cord, it was fantastic experience. At the Slovak hospital, they were very professional and the doctor was a very nice guy and a very good doctor. I felt we were in good safe hands at the hospital.
Most foreigners, go to a private clinic in Moscow and having a baby can cost anything from 3,000 euro and up to and over 20,000 euro. You can choose the doctor by experience, like choosing a car by engine size or a holiday abroad. We have yet to choose one but if I see a young guy, with spots on his face and a brace on his teeth, fresh out of doctor school, I will not book him to deliver our baby. They say you can see the doctors cars parked outside the hospital, cars such as Porches, BMW's etc all purchased via cash, from desperate foreigners and rich Russians. Baby delivery is big business in Russia and many doctors get rich doing it. I have the same disrespect for these doctors as I do for private medical clinics in Moscow but many foreigners have no choice other than to use these private clinics and private hospitals, as the Russian state hospital system is hard to know and hard to use if you are not a Russian. Insurance is a necessary evil when living abroad. The insurance companies have not helped the situation, as many insurance companies blindly pay what ever the insured person asks for.