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An Expat Talks about What is Was Like Having a Baby in
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...
My third child was born in Dubai at the American Hospital. The midwives were primarily from Ireland or the UK and would deliver the baby unless there was a complication and the doctor needed to be called in. They were friendly and nice. Many people stay in hospital for 3-5 days before going home. The care was excellent.
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How did you choose your doctor, midwife or other type of medical professional?
I wanted my doctor to be present for the birth since that had been my experience with my first two children. I happened to find an OB/GYN who DID make a habit of coming to the hospital for delivery so you need to inquire when interviewing a doctor if he/she does make hospital visits during birthing.
If you were to have another child in this country, would you do anything differently in terms of preparation and/or the delivery?
If a friend of yours living in the same country were expecting, what advice would you give her?
Ask if the hospital has an NICU or, if there were complications, what hospital nearby would have an NICU [knowing that your infant would need to be transported to that other hospital].
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