When a family moves abroad and decides to have a baby, it can be a difficult decision as to where they will deliver the child. In some instances it can be easy. My wife’s cousin was pregnant while living in Haiti, and there was never any question as to whether or not she would return to the U.S. to have the baby. She did.
In other countries, however, American and British expats will find that they will receive more care and benefits than in the U.S. or in the U.K.
Here is a report that describes one expat’s experience having a baby in Luxembourg:
What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?
How recently did you give birth in the country that you are reporting on?
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…
I did not attend the birthing class (my friend went to the class that the Maternite offered (which is free 8 sessions of birth preparation, taught in French). The most important thing is to learn how to breath during labor.
I gave birth at the Maternité Grande Duchesse Charlotte (the other one in Kirchberg I heard is also good). I stayed for 5 days (I had a normal/natural delivery but I had some difficulty with breastfeeding). I shared a room with another lady, and she’s pleasant, so I actually enjoyed having a roommate.
The whole experience was wonderful, I could always ring the bell when my baby cried or when I needed something. I was new to the motherhood, so I really had no clue what to do, how to breastfeed, how to change diaper, and so on. The staff insisted that I ring the bell whenever I needed anything. The food was great. The facility was excellent. I’m very pleased with my stay at Maternite.
Have you (or your partner) had a baby abroad? Please share your experiences with other expats, and help them navigate the process of giving birth in another country!