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Where to give birth? Hong Kong or U.S.

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    barbwong_130 is offline Registered User
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    One idea to take into your planning is that the time after having a baby is a really emotional and intense time. It is a time for bonding and building your relationship with your baby – not an ideal time to be preoccupied with moving.

    I have been very lucky in that I’ve never had to move either while pregnant or with a small baby (although, of course I have had to move). But everyone being healthy I would choose to move while pregnant rather than afterwards.

    I have two close friends who were both asked to move shortly after giving birth. The first when the baby would have been only three weeks old. Fortunately her husband was able to make a deal with his boss and delay the move to when the baby was three months. She still found it tough but was just happy it wasn’t earlier.

    The second friend moved when her baby was five weeks. She told me that all the stress of moving really affected her milk supply (I guess it affected the let-down reflex as this can be inhibited by stress) rather than the actual amount of milk. She only managed to go back to full breastfeeding when her husband sent her to stay with her mother for a couple of days rather than worrying about the unpacking.

    Very best wishes for whatever you decide is best for you,
    Barb

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    Recently Moved to HK

    i have recently moved to Hk and am currently pregnant. i have already moved countries a few times, and this time i did it at 4 months pregnant, while holding down a management job and completely on my own as my partner was overseas for business at the time. It can be done.

    My best advice is to be organised. If your partner is moving to HK with a job already lined up here often your partners company should pay for your shipment of furniture etc and then put you up in a serviced apartment for a month at least while you look for an apartment (if you are coming as expats and not on a local contract). This should be sufficient time to find something. If there was any place to move to whilst pregnant it would be HK, as the service oriented culture means it is so easy to get things done quickly and efficiently.

    Hk is a very safe place with excellent medical facilities, though they can be costly. You can find all the comforts of home in the US, from food to brands you know etc, whilst enjoying things like domestic help to make life easier. I would highly recommend making the move earlier rather than later, and if it makes you feel better you can gain lots of information prior to your move from websites such as this one and other HK based expat websites.

    good luck!

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    I agree with Barb that after the baby comes is a tough period emotionally and physically. You may want to think about coping with a new baby in a new country without the support of family and friends once you are here.

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    We moved flats when I was 7 months pregnant. It was stressful dealing with the contractor, looking for tiles, kitchen, getting curtains etc. I made quick decisions. By the time we moved I was exhausted, so I hired a couple of part-time helpers to help me unpack. The last few weeks I relaxed and just focused on getting the nursery ready.

    I'd have to agree with the other moms, and move before the baby is born. Once Dhruv arrived we were constantly nursing and I couldn't get anything done!

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    Hi Airay,
    Just managed to get back on the site. If it's any help I moved to Hong Kong when I was 6 months pregnant and had a 18 month old as well. Yes it was tricky as is moving to anywhere new. The Geobaby website was a real help and once I'd found my doctor I felt alot happier. This didn't take very long by the way. The point about the medical insurance is well made. Our insurance company was fantastic and took alot of the worry out of the birth.

    Good luck with your decision, it was the best one we ever made

    Jools

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    you are very helpful

    Sorry not reply for several days.

    I had flu and feel very downcast these days. I just came back from my doctor and was told the baby is only 3mm, a little bit smaller than it supposed to be. Moms always feel bad when they are sick while carrying baby.
    Last edited by airay; 02-17-2005 at 01:06 PM.

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    Hi Airay,
    Sorry to hear you're not feeling very well. Everything gets you down when you're not well and your pregnancy hormones are raging. Hope you feel better soon,

    Jools

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    Thank you

    You cannot imagine how terrible it was. My daughter had RSV flu, coughs, rinning nose, fever, sore throat and ... and so did me. I insisted taking only tylenol but am still worring about the bb.

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