Having a Baby Abroad – Global Differences Series

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“Well, that’s not very French!” and “That’s not how it’s done in France!” and “You want to do what? Oh no no no, that is because you are Englishbefore you jump to any conclusions this is not a raunchy blog post about the art of baby making in France … well, maybe it is, but its nothing to do with sex. Sorry.

After 9 months of pregnancy and 10.5 months of motherhood in a country that is not mine, I have decided to reach out and find other mothers who have been, and still are, in the same position; foreigners having babies in foreign lands.

Language barriers, different practices, unusual methods, prejudices and often, isolation are emotions that ring true for many mothers … the trick is finding your feet, a big smile and, if you are really brave, a superb retort!

If you’d like to share you story on Mummy in Provence and be part of this series of guest posts please email me : ameena@mummyinprovence.com

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9 Responses to Having a Baby Abroad – Global Differences Series
  1. We were living in Switzerland when I got pregnant with and gave birth to my first son, now 3 yrs old. It was both a frustrating experience, and also incredibly lovely. I’d love to help with a guest post,. though might take me some time to get around to writing something up…

    BTW have you joined any ex-pat blog sites? I met many ex-pat friends while living overseas, and most of the connections were through our blogs. ; )

    • mummyinprovence

      Thank you Marcy! I’d love to share your story when you have time.

      I’m on a few expat-sites – its amazing how, when abroad, you get so much support online

  2. Hi! American/ French, both my boys were born in Brazil. aged 2 and 3 1/2, it was a wonderful experience ! I would love to share a post about it…. I think because I didn’t know anything about giving birth in either of my home countries I didn’t know what I was missing out on… in the end, I don’t think I missed anything, only benefited!

    • mummyinprovence

      Thanks for posting Alexandra! I’d love to hear your story as would the other Mama’s!

      I’ve sent you an email :) Can’t wait!

  3. Elizabeth

    I’m an American living in Canada. Although we share a border I have discovered that birthing and raising my child in Canada has been an enormous different to how it would have been done in the US. My husband and I often talk about the differences and how we just couldn’t do it in the States. My experience has been very positive all around!

    • mummyinprovence

      That’s great! Every country is different and suits the needs of each person differently too.

    • ASHA

      Just wondering how you found the costs associated? Is it difficult to get covered when you are pregnant?

  4. Rilla

    As a French in South Africa, I would love to write a post, I’m just not such a good writer, haha!

    • Ameena Falchetto

      I’d love to feature your story!! I sent you an email :)

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