Our guest writer this month, Katie Nail gives us her take on “Giving birth in Luxembourg”.
It was a dark and stormy night, and I had been having contractions since 6:00 am that morning. I was a day past my due date and desperate to not be pregnant anymore. The night of the 19th I walked around my living room breathing, watching The Apprentice, and waiting for my contractions to hit five minutes apart. There was a huge thunder and lightning storm that night but it didn’t bother me at all. I was totally focused on having my baby!
My experience of being pregnant in Luxembourg was short and chaotic. I moved here when I was 7 months pregnant and immediately had to find a doctor, hospital, and pre-birth class in addition to buying furniture, filling out a million forms, and trying to learn a new city (if only Luxmama had been there!).
The best group I attended was Mums, Bumps and Babies. They were really welcoming, answered my questions as best they could, and joining the group was an easy way to make new friends. A year later I am still so thankful for that group.
I was also able to take a hospital tour and have a better understanding of how the delivery system worked in Luxembourg (I moved from the UK where it’s very different). I was happy to have that information, as I don’t speak any other languages and was nervous about delivering in a non-English speaking hospital. The Mums, Bumps and Babies group gave me instant connections with other mums and made me feel like less of an outsider.
When my contractions hit 5 minutes, we phoned the Bohler clinic to say I was coming, and when I arrived my midwife was waiting and had a room for me. I found out later that the storm sent many women into labor and I got the last available delivery room.
The midwives were awesome and made me feel very at ease. The experience wasn’t nearly as ridged and scary as I thought it would be. My doctor arrived at the end. And with his help, my son was born the morning of June 20th.
The aftercare was excellent, and I felt like the midwives were so friendly and helpful. They showed me how to bathe, diaper, and clothe my son, and most importantly, they gave me a boost of confidence. I had a midwife come to my house a few times in the following weeks, and I was so glad that I did. When I doubted myself about breastfeeding, sleeping, anything, she made me feel better and gave me some excellent tips.
All around, was my experience in Luxembourg different than the US or UK? Probably. However, would I recommend the services here? Absolutely. The medical care, ease of service, and friendly staff were a pleasure to work with. A year later I have a healthy and cheeky boy and lots of mom friends from my baby group. Now I need to plan a first birthday party!
More about Katie:
Katie Nail is a freelance writer living in Luxembourg. When she’s not taking care of her 1 year old and husband, she is writing for the EIB Institute, The Impactory and Your Living City Luxembourg. If she’s not writing, she’s watching Nashville and drinking coffee. For more information go to her Linked-in profile.
More about Luxmama
As mother of two, Certified International Maternity Institute Baby Planner Consultant and Maternity & Child Sleep Consultant student, Luxmama provides personalised baby planning consultation services (maternity coaching) for future/new parents & parents-to-be – setting them up for success, so they can sail into their new lives with confidence! Also on offer is a variety of social and educational events through the Luxmama Club designed so you can make the most of becoming and being a new parent in the modern world today.
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