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Expat Advice: Having a Baby in Ludwigsberg

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An British expat describes her birth experience in Germany as barbaric. She says that pain management was non existent and recommends that other expats consider leaving the country to give birth or being extremely demanding.

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Ludwigsberg

How recently did you give birth in the country that you are reporting on?

2 years ago

Describe your experience giving birth there. What type of facility did you go to? What (if any) type of pain management did you use? How long did you stay in the hospital? Was it a positive experience? Etc...

It was a horrific, barbaric experience and not to be repeated in Germany. Pain management was non existent and communication minimal. My experience of nursing care (on 3 seperate admissions) was totally cold and devoid of empathy and compassion. Paediatric care is 20 years behind the UK and they have no concept of working in partnership with parents. Aftercare is extremely limited and Heath Visitors non existent and unheard of.

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How did you choose your doctor, midwife or other type of medical professional?

I chose a midwife who spoke English, but she didn't work in the hospital near to where we lived, which I had to deliver in as my child was premature. Your choice of midwife in the area in which you live bears little or no correlation to where you would like to, or must give birth.

If you were to have another child in this country, would you do anything differently in terms of preparation and/or the delivery?

Yes, leave the country!

If a friend of yours living in the same country were expecting, what advice would you give her?

Leave the country or go private and be a complete prima donna about the whole thing as only then might your experience be ok.

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