When few months ago before I had the baby MKB organized a Virtual Baby Shower for all the pregnant MKB bloggers, I felt it would be nice to take it further a notch. But wasn’t sure what could be the next step.
Recently I’ve been posting about birth and postpartum topics on my blog, and a fellow blogger suggested to make a roundup on birth around the world. And… so here it is!
We haven’t covered all continents in this post – just a few countries. But here are some highlights from fellow MKB bloggers by country:
Varya of Creative World of Varya
“In public hospitals you are not offered much support by medical stuff, just monitored from time to time, checked for dilation. Chinese women tolerate contractions very quietly, practically without any sound. Many women here opt for cesarean as in their opinion it saves time and they can avoid the pain of the natural birth. Birth is given in hospitals and assisted by doctors and nurses. Obstetric care is done only in hospitals by obstetricians. In public health midwifery is not an option, nor is home birth (but it can happen from time to time due to how rapid it can progress). Postpartum care is given by family members or yuesao – a trained pediatric and obstetric nurse who cares for a mom and newborn from birth to at least 1 month postpartum. You can read more about Chinese hospitals in my China 101 series“.
Alison of Mon Acouchement Serein – Alison blogs in French about birth and pregnancy. She a lot of useful information on giving birth in general and giving birth in France.
Maria has 2 blogs – Busy as a Bee in Paris and Trilingual Mama – where she described her birthing experience in France (don’t forget to scroll down and click through the related links – there is a lot of useful information!) and obtaining American citizenship to an American baby born abroad.
Ilze of Let the Journey Begin – Ilze has wonderful series on (Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 ) where she describes the type of prenatal care you can get there and how you get to prepare for birth there and where you can learn what Mutterpass is and how the baby can be “ordered”!
Olga of The European Mama – Olga writes a lot about pregnancy and birth and her posts are all very well-thought. She advocates for women to have better prenatal care and birthing choices. You will enjoy reading her posts on pregnancy and birth.
Jonathan of Dad’s the Way I Like It
Jonathan is from Scotland and raises a bilingual family in North Wales posted few articles from a point of view of a father and on paternity leave in the UK. You can find lots of thought and experience sharing on fatherhood on his blog.
United Kingdom of Great Britain;
MaryAnne of Mama Smiles – MaryAnna shares her birth experience in Scotland where she gave birth to her first child. Ever tried running for the bus while being on a verge of giving birth? Well, she did it!
United States of America:
Leanna of All Done Monkey – Leanna shares her experience of birthing at birth centers and on how a mom’s intuition is often more correct than professional expertise when it comes to birthing process.
This list is short but we hope to add more stories and useful tips based on your personal experiences. Please comment under this post with your birth story and country of residence/country where you have given birth. We would love to hear from you!
Varya blogs at Creative World of Varya. She is a mom to 2 children, early development specialist, baby massage and perinatal fitness instructor, breastfeeding consultant. Varya has been living in China for the past 13 years working and raising her multicultural family.