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Old 22nd August 2019, 07:01 PM
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Hi everyone I am at a massive hurdle with my wife I cannot get over and cannot find any Information on exactly what I need.

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My wife is half french half English but born and bread in the U.K. BUT registred at the french consulate so she can hold french nationality.
We live with her parents in London but home life is absolutely terrible me my wife and our 2 yer old live in a cramped bedroom, and the wife is 7months pregnant. Her father is a brutal alcoholic and we need to go ASAP. She holds the EHC card if that is any help. We cannot live at home any longer and her grandparents in Normandy rang us and said just all of you come here and give birth here. What is my wife entitled to if she just gets a 1 way ticket to Normandy on the weekend and just turns up to the hospital pregnant with no private healthcare. I have just over £2000 and I am expecting redundancy money in February so money will not be a problem. I have been told if you turn up at the last minuet with no cover you will have to pay 4/£5000. Is this true? Can I pay monthly or will my wife be told to leave the hospital if you don’t pay first? What are the rules on a non french citizen just turning up emty handed and giving birth? I have no problem paying but cannot get that type of money by October (due date). Surely they won’t chuck her on the street to give birth? By February I will have 9/£11,000 and will take that over with me once the baby is due, If it helps my wife’s is absolutely fluent in french that side of it is no problem. Just don’t know where we stand at such short notice. Thank you guys I appreciate it sooooo much, we’ll me and my wife do. 🙂

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Old 22nd August 2019, 08:27 PM
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You say your wife is "half French" and is "registered at the consulate." To me this indicates that she already holds French nationality - though for your current situation that doesn't really do much for you. Entitlement to health care in France is based on residence, not nationality.

OTOH, the French hospitals are very unlikely to just chuck her out. The usual order of things in France is to treat first and get the funding sorted after the fact. And, the grandparents may well be able to help get something organized for her - at least to help set her up with a doctor and the necessary tests/follow on care.

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Your wife is French, even if she is also a UK citizen. There is no pay first (before you receive medical care) in France. At the very worst, you will be able to pay the bill overtime.

It is a difficult situation. I suggest she comes with her EHIC and takes it from there. It is, though, something to discuss with the hospital. If your wife's grandparents will have you all, I would suggest you all come if it won't affect your redundancy payment, otherwise it might be wise for your wife to bring your 2 year old with you and you find alternative accommodation. Of course Brexit may have happened before you get your redundancy payment, and that might well require you to apply for a spouse visa.

IMHO she should definitely come.

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Sorry Bev, our posts crossed

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What a difficult situation. If your wife needs care in France she will receive it, no-one will turn her away.

However for the birth to take place in complete security for both mother and baby, I don't recommend just waiting and turning up at a hospital the last minute. There could (hopefully not but you don't know) be any number of situations which could lead to complications if the medical team do not have knowledge of the pregnancy beforehand.

She could go to her grandparents and once here see an assistante sociale (via the mairie) and explain your situation. There is always a solution. But please do not neglect your wife's antenatal care.

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A woman giving birth outside the UK, but in Europe, needs both an EHIC and an S2 (for planned medical treatment).
The link is here: https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/hea...utside-the-uk/
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As ccm says if you are going to France specifically to give birth then you will need an S2 from the DWP in the UK otherwise you will need to pay yourself French hospitals will not turn people away but they will pursue you for the costs and if you are not in France then they may pursue the grandparents as this is the address that your wife will give The complication is that this is close to Brexit as well
And of course if there are complications with the birth I do not think that your redundancy money will begin to cover it frankly
As you already have a child you should "arrange" for her parents to throw you all out and then rock up at your local council who have a duty of care to house you as children are involved
Personally I would contact the DWP about the S2 to see if you can get it explaining the situation laying on thick the domestic side etc but do it NOW
if no joy look at the council route
In the longer term can your wife get a french passport


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The OP's wife can easily pursue her French ID card and passport after arrival in France. If she is registered with the French Consulate she must have a French version birth certificate which she can obtain online. Ideally the OP should visit France for the child's birth so that he can deal with and sign the child's French birth certificate within the required timeframe, but it is not essential.

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Yes I am sure that this situation can be resolved by following the advice that we have all given but the OP needs to get the paperwork sorted and get the ball rolling Best of luck

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Yes I am sure that this situation can be resolved by following the advice that we have all given but the OP needs to get the paperwork sorted and get the ball rolling Best of luck
I take it you mean re the S2 (though it would not be the end of the world if his wife comes without it and it certainly wouldn't be the first time France has picked un pre-natal and maternity costs, if that's what they decide to do). The French ID card/passport application stuff can be done faster in France than in the UK and in any case is not as urgent.

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