Frequent question: Is midwifery legal in Costa Rica?

Midwifery is essentially illegal except in some indigenous communities, and midwives in Costa Rica like Diana’s who don’t have a nurse’s certification must practice under the table.

Are home births legal in Costa Rica?

There are several options for natural childbirth and homebirth in Costa Rica. These include a meds-free delivery at a public or private hospital, a waterbirth with Dr. Adam Paer at Clinica Catolica (the only private hospital with a birthing pool), and assisted or unassisted childbirth at home.

Are there doulas in Costa Rica?

Doulas and midwives are welcome there, though Dr. Paer himself works only with Doula Ansu Coto and not midwives. (Parents wishing a midwife-attended birth may have an obstetrician as a backup.)

How much is it to have a baby in Costa Rica?

We learned that a natural delivery would cost ₡615,000 (about $1,230), a delivery with an epidural would cost ₡740,000 (about $1,480), a water birth would cost ₡690,000 (about $1,380), and a C-section would cost ₡800,000 (about $1,600).

Can I have my baby in Costa Rica?

Having a Baby in Costa Rica Enables Parents to Apply for Permanent Residency. One expat explained, “Having your baby in CR will permit you to apply for permanent residency, AFTER you have received the birth certificate. Your application, could take approx one year at a cost of approx $2000.

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How can I get Costa Rican citizenship?

Costa Rican nationality may be acquired by birth or naturalization. To qualify for naturalization, one must be an adult of good conduct and have established a domicile in Costa Rica according to the terms of Article 14 of the Constitution.

Does Costa Rica need a visa?

US nationals do not require an entry visa to Costa Rica. However, they must have a current valid passport and a return ticket to exit Costa Rica within 90 days. (Either to return to your country or to go to another country). … As a tourist US nationals cannot stay more than 90 days.

Is Costa Rica safe for pregnancy?

Women who are pregnant: ◦Do not travel to any area of Costa Rica below 6,500 feet (See map). ◦If you have a partner who lives in or has traveled to Costa Rica or any other area with risk of Zika, either use condoms or do not have sex for the rest of the pregnancy.