Military Wives

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Shannon - January 13

Hi, I was just wondering if anyone has had the chance to give birth outside of the U.S.? I'm moving to Belgium and am VERY concerned about the health care and ob/gyn services in the country (our base will not provide them)? Please share your experience if you have! Thanks!


EL - January 14

I am an Air Force wife but I will be having my baby stateside. I would visit the local facilities but Belgium is probably one of the better countries to be in they have all the same technology and their doctors complete the same or very similar training to American doctors.


Lee - January 19

Hi, I am in the Air FOrce before which I was a dependent. I lived in Europe for about 10 years total. I had my first son in Germany and my second son stateside. I personally loved the expirence in Germany, I had a midwife and a doctor. They were very nuturing and cautious. You have nothing to worry about. It was the best expirence


Mellissa - January 19

Hey, I'm canadian military and getting posted to Germany very soon, however, we'll be delivering our son before that. Have your husband find a way to put you in contact with other women, currently in belgium or recently posted from there who have had the same experience. I know the Canadian military provides us with all of those contacts before we get posted some place new, as do the previous bases of the Americans who work on our base here. If your husband is telling you that this information isn't possible, he hasn't looked hard enough or asked the right people. If you need to, make your own phonecalls because this is important.


Veronica - April 12

I am an Air Force wife and I am 37 weeks pregnant. My husband is going to Iraq in 2 weeks and my duedate is May 2nd, 2005. The doctor says he will induce me but I am not ready yet. I am afarid he will miss the birth of his first child. What do I do & how do I get the baby to know him when hes gone.


Rachel* - April 12

Veronica, I'm sorry you are in this difficult situation. I've read that the baby can recognize it's parents voices when it is born because of hearing the voices while it was in the womb. You might want to have your hubby talk to your belly. Make sure he speaks calmly. It's up to you if you would want to be induced. If it was me I think I would want to, so he would be able to witness the birth of his first child. Good luck in your decision.


Jamie - April 13

I'm Active Duty U.S. Army, stationed in Germany - so far, I've had no complaints! :)


Maleficent - April 13

military wife here too! i have not been over seas but i've heard wonderful things about european hospitals. i'm on another message board and one of the posters is from sweden, i think i like her dr better than mine. lol.


Maleficent - April 13

veronica, if i were in your position i'd induce so that my husband could get as much time with the new baby as possible. but it's not my choice to make.



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