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Living in Germany: Pregnancy, Birth, Rückbildungsgymnastik

Sarah of workingberlinmum is an expat mother of two living in Berlin, and she’s been sharing her life (as well as tips and tricks for other parents in Germany’s capital) on her blog for years.  Now she has launched a new resource for parents in Berlin: Berlin For All the Family.  Head over and say hello!  You’ll find information for navigating parenthood, pregnancy, and a lot of reviews of kid-friendly locations around the city.  Today on YG she’s explaining what “Rückbildungsgymnastik” is…important information for any new or expecting mothers.

Photo copyright dpa / picture alliance

Photo copyright dpa / picture alliance

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The Expecting Expat: Midwives and Home Births in Germany

What to expect when you're expecting in Germany?  Follow The Expecting Expat for answers.  Photo (cc) flickr user molly_darling

What to expect when you're expecting in Germany? Follow The Expecting Expat for answers. Photo (cc) flickr user molly_darling

An American expat in Germany figuring out parenthood and childbirth for the first time.  Come along for the ride…

Midwives in Germany—home birth plans or not—come to your home for your appointments. I had read about the concept when doing research for a set of Young Germany articles about parenting in Germany, but remain astounded and jubilant at the luxury and convenience of it all to this day.  In America birth is generally handled by obstetricians and doctors, but in Germany it’s the midwives who run the show.  When my doctor recommended I start looking at my three-month prenatal check-up, I began my search—happy but a little apprehensive as I wanted to give birth at home.  Would it be possible in Germany?

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The Expecting Expat: Pregnancy in Germany

Another adventure begins for an American expat in Germany: the author at 15 weeks pregnant.  Photo (c) Click Clack Gorilla

Another adventure begins for an American expat in Germany: the author at 15 weeks pregnant. Photo (c) Click Clack Gorilla

At the beginning of September I celebrated my 6-year anniversary in Germany.  Though it made me briefly nostalgic, more than ever it’s the future that I have on my mind: in February I’ll be having a baby.  In Germany.  An American-German baby.  A baby who will probably be able to speak better German at age ten than I will in my adult life.  A baby who will be educated in a school system I am only vaguely familiar with.  Who will grow up in a country where homeschooling isn’t allowed, but drinking at 16 is.  Parenting is difficult no matter where you live, but in a country where I still have so much to learn, it’ll be double the challenge.  And I can only hope, double the fun.  Good thing it’s not twins.  There’s only so much doubled fun that one girl can handle.

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