Going to live abroad for a long period of time can be pretty worrying as one needs to get used to the new country, get adjusted to local customs and traditions, meet local people to get advice on how to get around the city, take care of all necessary documentation and many other little things which we do not even think about back at home. For example, in Russia healthcare system is quite complicated and often what is written on paper doesn’t coincide with reality. The biggest paradox is that Russia has very strong medical schools and good doctors but, on the other hand, it cannot yet be compared to the level of the US or European medicine because of its poor organizational structure, insufficient government funds and low salaries among doctors (many of them prefer to leave motherland and work abroad).

However, in recent years Russia has been trying hard to improve the situation. Many private clinics have been opened which provide high-level services and implement the latest technologies and equipment into everyday routine. Of the most successful businesses of this kind is the Mat I Ditya (Mother and Child)- a group of companies managed by a highly respected doctor, member of the Academy of Science Mark Kurtser. MDMG (Mat I Ditya Medical Group) is the only private healthcare company in Russia that has conducted an IPO and is listed on the London Stock Exchange. MDMG is the leading and fastest-growing provider of private women's and children's healthcare in Russia. It has over 32 medical centers across Russia which includes 4 hospitals and 28 out-patient clinics in Moscow, Ryazan, Kostroma, Yaroslavl, St. Petersburg, Samara and Samara Region, Perm, Ufa, Omsk, Novosibirsk, Barnaul, Novokuznetsk, Krasnoyarsk and Irkutsk.

I was invited to attend their press conference which was held on the 8th of June, 2017, and I would love to share my experience with you because I believe that it may be helpful for many expats (and not only) living in Russia. The event was organized to announce the opening of a new, first in Russia, Miscarriage Treatment Centre at Perinatal Medical Centre (PMC) in Moscow. Dr. Kurtser gave a brief introduction on this center and passed the word to his colleagues who provided with more details and answered all questions that guests and journalists asked. The new project is focused on pregnancy planning and screening for patients at high-risk of miscarriage, foetal genetic abnormalities, and preeclampsia. It will also offer prognosis and treatment for complications during pregnancy, delivery, and care for new-borns from 23 weeks of gestational age.

After the press conference, the doctors kindly gave a tour showing around the new center. We were taken to the prenatal care and intensive care for new-borns units. All of them are equipped with the most advanced technology which allows to bring the women’s and children healthcare to a totally new level which corresponds to the leading countries’ hospitals. Moreover, the medical staff and the administration speak English which is valuable for all foreigners in Moscow and Russia.

The last part of our mini-excursion was on the 8th floor where we were shown the “homelike” child delivery rooms which look like a normal apartment room, with a big bed, different things you can distract yourself with, and all medical equipment is “hidden”. It is made for the patients who get very stressed about the idea being in a hospital. Also, there is everything for alternative ways of child delivery, like waterbirth, vertical birth etc.

To sum up, I’d like to say that I’m happy to see such centers being opened as it sets an example of how the healthcare institutions should be. I would also like thank the doctors for the interesting explanations and for the patience in answering to all questions. These people are passionate about what they are doing and only this way you can obtain amazing results in helping thousands of women live their dream to become mothers.