L.I. asks from APO, AE on July 28, 2008
Need a 'TO-DO' List for Pregnancy/delivery in Stuttgart, Germany
I have a wave of new questions to post and I know that the advice of other moms here can help me through this time. I am 13 weeks pregnant with our first child and am a PLANNER. Having never done this in the states, I am a little lost about what needs to be done prior to delivering this bundle - especially here, where the hospital system is different. Do I do pre-admission at our desired hospital? Should I schedule a tour? Which hospital is good? How much say do I get in the delivery method and what I want? Who delivers? Do they speak English well? I have lots of questions and would like a basic 'to-do' list from a mom who's given birth over here. I just need some guidelines for what I need to be doing and preparing for this baby. I know the women here are so supportive and I know you will give me TONS of advice about how to manage this event with style and grace. Thanks in advance!
D.S. answers from Stationed Overseas on July 30, 2008
Looks like they covered everything! I delivered in July 06 in BadNauheim had an awesome OB and delivery. My ob spoke perfect english but not so much in the hospital.
If you have any questions feel free to ask.
S.A. answers from Stationed Overseas on July 29, 2008
My best advice is no matter how hard you plan once it starts relax if your plan is not going the way you saw it in your head..No matter what remeber to breathe you have no idea how that saves you that moment..I have heard amazing things about water births if you can check into it I would.Write down any concerns and questions for the doc and try to keep a journal..it helps..Good luck S. A
E.S. answers from Stationed Overseas on August 02, 2008
read your two posts. I am from Stuttgart married to an American. I had my son in Sindelfingen but they don't do deliveries anymore. I can help you with some questions you might have just because I grew up in Stuttgart and we live here now again since last summer. In order to help you more with your two questions you have to tell me your insurance issue--I know contractors are a bit different than military active duty and then we'll go from there to get you all the answers you need. Just post back to me if you'd like my help. I live in Echterdingen--only about 10 min from you.
P.S. I had our 8 year old son in SC so I even know the difference between two different countries when it comes to deliveries and drs.
J.B. answers from Stationed Overseas on July 29, 2008
I just had my baby May 4th. But I had her in the Netherlands. What happend with me is my Dr. scheduled me a tour of the hospital and I had her @ the hospital he worked @. As in what to bring your going to need to bring a shirt like a long one and one u can get blood on. I had my daughter by c section so I didnt need it but I brought it. They dont give you gowns here like they do in the states youll also need a towel, all ur bathing stuff clothes for the baby and maybe some baby soap. I heard in Germany they dont wash your baby right away so you can bring those disposable washcloths. I mean Im sure they wipe them but as for a bath I dunno. I know my German friend had her baby and her hubby told me that they put them in this bath but its deep and they just hold there head above water its weird LOL But you will need the car seat of course and diaper bag all that good stuff. I dont know if you need like info about at home or what but Ill tell ya some things i forgot to get that I needed LOL I forgot to order a bassinett and our PX sux really bad here and they dont have any so we had to go with a pack and play but it also had a changing table on it so it worked out and I still use it.I dunno if your going to breast or bottle feed but for breast feeding I have no clue but if you bottle feed youll need 4 oz bottles and 8 or 9 oz ones also. I found a microwave bottle ____@____.com its awesome! It doesnt take for ever only 5 mins in the microwave. But I cant think of anything else so if I rambled a little bit Im sorry LOL I hope I helped a little bit :) Congrats on ur baby!! and Good Luck :)
G.L. answers from Stationed Overseas on July 28, 2008