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. (Read More)
Another expat in Wittenberg advised,
"Be sure to find a birthing class, water aerobics and whatever else is offered for expectant mothers in your town. You will need the vocabulary learned in these classes and you will meet some great new friends that may last a lifetime.
Stand your ground for your rights without being loud. Don" (Read More)
An expat living in Erlangen commented,
"Go for it! "Normal" German prenatal care is like extra-special American care. Similar birth philosophies, only the German model is a bit more deluxe. Oh, and ask about prenatal vitamins. They didn't used to use them at all, and only recently have they started to. " (Read More)
An expat in Hamburg wrote,
"Go check out the hospitals in your area - they usually have nights where they show parents the facilities. Stay away from University clinics and hospitals. My experience is that they are not as nice and full of gawking medical students (just like the USA). Yuck. Try to go to a childbirth class and" (Read More)
Another expat in Munich advised,
"Ask a lot of questions. Doctors are not forthcoming, especially if there is a language barrier. Educate yourself about the healthcare system, pregnancy and giving birth, and ask A LOT of questions. " (Read More)
An expat in Germany talks about the living in Germany. Although he's from France, he had trouble adjusting to the German culture - the lack of politeness, thriftiness and difficulty making friendships.
This article highlights some of the tremendous contributions that expats in Germany have made on Expat Exchange. We thank all of you who have gotten involved in the Germany forum and/or posted a report about living in Germany.
Expats often move to Frankfurt for jobs in finance and IT. Frankfurt is continental Europe's largest financial center and has a population of approximately 2.5 million in the city and surrounding urban area. Towns in the Taunus area north of Frankfurt and Wiesbaden and Mainz to the west are popular among expats. There are many international and bi-lingual schools to choose from and lots of expat clubs in the Frankfurt area.