Having a Baby in China - The Course Watch Preview
Peace of Mind for the Expat in China
We know that having a baby in China as a foreigner can be a stressful time. At one of the most exciting times in your life, you're feeling anything but peace. That is why we created havingababyinchina.com and why we put together this amazing group of instructors. Our goal is "Peace of Mind for the Expat" as you experience the amazing joy of giving birth in China. Here are some of the questions that we are frequently asked and that we address in the lessons:
Will the doctor understand me?
Can I have a natural birth?
Will my husband be allowed to join me?
Is it possible to have a VBAC in China?
Will the hospital support me if I want to breastfeed?
Yes, it will be hard. Yes, communication will be a challenge, and yes, it will be different than your home country. But, we believe, as do the many people that we have worked with over the years, that despite the challenges, you can be pregnant and give birth in China with confidence.
"This online course is a must-watch for every expat mom-to-be in China! Whether it's your first baby or you've already had one in China, there's something for everyone to learn! I wish I'd had this back in 2008 when my first child was born. I'll certainly recommend it to every expectant mom I meet in China."
~ Charlotte, Originally from the USA
"As a foreigner in China, it is super scary and confusing when trying to figure the hospital system. I found that I could relate to the instructors in this course because they are also Westerners living in China. To find good, reliable, and honest information is super difficult in China. I am very thankful for this course, as it answered many of my questions and gave me peace of mind."
~Riaan, Originally from South Africa
"I discovered the course one month before giving birth as a foreigner in China. It definitely helped to ease my anxiety common among future mothers, especially when going through the process far from one’s own country.
~Anna, Originally from Poland
Choosing a Hospital in China
One of the first things you'll need to do when you find out you're pregnant is research and decide where you'll have your baby. Ruth shares the five main hospital and location options you have for giving birth in China.
Routine Checkups and Tests in China
What tests will I be doing in a Chinese hospital? Do I need to do every test that is offered? Can I opt out of certain procedures? Will they let me know the gender of the baby? Varya addresses these topics and more in this video.
Advocating for yourself During Pregnancy in China
Advocating for yourself is a crucial factor in having a comfortable pregnancy in birth and China. It can also be very intimidating. Varya walks us through mindset and practical tips to prepare yourself to do this.
Having an All Natural Birth in China
Having a spontaneous vaginal birth without the use of medications or interventions in China is absolutely possible! And we believe it is something that should be strived for. Ruth walks us through the steps to prepare for an All Natural Birth in China.
Having a C-Section in China
C-Section rates are higher in China than many Western countries. While we certainly advocate for trying for natural birth, it's important to know and understand what a C-Section looks like in China. Lisa walks us through this process.
Breastfeeding in China
Just like in many other countries, formula feeding is common and often pushed on new moms and babies. Lisa walk us through what it looks like to breastfeed in China and what to expect from hospital staff and the greater community.