The Careggi University Hospital is the largest hospital in Florence, located in the north of the city. Careggi is well known for its Margherita Birth Center, which is just like a modern American birthing clinic. The Margherita program focuses on natural childbirth, complete with birthing toys, water baths, soft music and a double room in which mom, her partner and new arrival can share their first few days together. To qualify for the program, you must have an absolutely perfect pregnancy with no signs of possible complications. The downside to the Margherita is the constant risk that when you go into labor no room will be available and you will end up in the normal ward, anyway.
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