Hi Russel, to confirm previous statements the good news is that you’ll be able to claim back on any expenses as long as you have the SS number. In regard to the “cost” of having a baby doctors are like baby toys, some have plenty of consultations some have very few, some go to “high end” consultants and others just go to the local one gong with the “tarif de convention” (100% refunded by SS) so that’s why you see all these vague figures. A consultations for a screening for example can range from de tarif de convention (48.35€ the first one, 81.92€ the second one) to twice that amount (and some charge probably even more but so far that’s what I’ve seen).
If there are complications (even minor) expenses can pile up very quickly as well hence the more difficult to provide some figures.
But basically you can expect somewhat 4 screenings, a couple of “training sessions” (free or price of a basic consultation) a couple of blood tests (around 50€ each) and of course the hospitalisation itself but the “forfait journalier hospitalisation” is “only” 20€per day. If you don’t go for any options that’s basically all. Of course you’ll then have to consider all the stuff that goes along having a babby (toddler’s bed, diapers, toys, etc.) but this is another story
Finally, in regard to getting into the system you should call the English speaking helpline but make sure you don’t hang up until you have some answers about what’s next, call multiple times if necessary or ask for a physical meeting but you should take the matter very seriously as things may get ugly pretty quickly so you’re still in a nice situation (basically where everything is free or cheap) and should deal with that before that process costs in the thousands (literally, I’m dealing with a lot of US expats and other non-EU citizen, believe you would not like to be in their shoes when applying for a CdS - financially speaking I mean).
Let me know if you have any extra questions?