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A reader commented on the Expat Report Having a Baby in Arusha, Tanzania
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 researched many facilities to have my child in Tanzania. All the way from Dar, to Arusha, to the neighboring country of Kenya. I even looked into a home birth with medical supplies at the the bedside. I spoke with an expat midwife here in TZ. I just knew she was going to tell me to have the baby at home, all natural, etc. etc. Instead she told me that the risk are far to great here to have a baby at home, (living just outside of Arusha) she advised me to not even have the baby in the county of TZ but go to Kenya to the Nairobi Hospital. I spoke with more Dr's, and again they all recommended going to another country if you have the options. I spent most all of my entire pregnancy in Tanzania, went back to the U.S. 6 weeks before the delivery, and returned to TZ 6 weeks after the delivery. If you are choosing to have your baby in TZ then I would recommend the Lutheran hospital in Arusha TZ, or going to Nairobi. I have spoken with other expats that have had their baby at the Lutheran Hosp and said that is was a good experience. I am a Registered Nurse, and I think that when you are educated on the risk, and have another option that is safer, you go with that one. The hospitals are not the same, I have seen used syringes laying around, remember HIV is Very common in TZ. And many other crazy unsanitary things. But again, many TZ women here have babies are live, but sadly there are many who do not. TZ has a very high mortality rate of mothers after birth. Hope this has helped. (Continue)
A reader replied most recently with:
Go to the Motherhood clinic across from the impala hotel. Dr. Iman is very good.
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Hi, I am currently living in Arusha and took a pregnancy test that came back positive. Can you please recommend a clinic for a pre natal visit? I don't think I'm very far along... Thank you for you help!
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Moving to Arusha, Tanzania
What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?
Too many things to say...

Have Good Security

Check for Problems with Water

Make sure the house can get internet in

your area if this is important to you

Sometimes it is expected you pay 3, 6, or 12 months in advance.

Make sure you are clear with your landlord who is going to pay for things if/when they break, (water pipes, door handles, sink faucets, etc. )

Email me for details if you really whan't to know more... Bonnie at (Continue)

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Thanks for your tips. I could not agree more! If anyone happens to be looking for a house in Dar es Salaam. I know of one for sale by the owner for $25,000 USD for a 5 bedroom with master ensuite. It has electricity and running water and is internet compatible. You can email me for more details at
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