7 things to consider before giving birth abroad

From better healthcare systems to more suitable birthing practices, or just a way to get away from the in-laws, there are many reasons giving birth abroad has become increasingly popular over the last few years.

One of the most popular reasons for the trend is to set newborns up with a second citizenship and the raft of advantages this can provide, such as freedom of travel and quality education

If you are thinking about giving birth abroad, here are a few things you might want to consider:

1. Check dual citizenship laws and regulations

If second citizenship is your aim you will have to check which countries actually allow this. However, it’s worth pointing out that some countries have obligatory military service for all citizens, which is something to keep in mind.

2. Make sure to read up on the country

It’s important to know as much as possible about the country you want to give birth in. Read up on its social customs, cultural norms, and birthing practices. A basic knowledge of the local language will help you communicate with doctors; failing that, an interpreter is always an option.

3. Health care plans and insurance coverage

You will need to find out the overall cost of the birth. Get in contact with your insurer to establish what kind of coverage you are eligible for abroad.

4. How long are you staying?

If you are only staying in the country for a short period of time after the birth, your child may not be eligible for citizenship, while flying regulations related to newborns may also be an obstacle.

5. Prepare all necessary documents

This is extremely important. Plan ahead and figure out what documents you need to apply for and take to ensure that everything goes smoothly. Keep in mind that you might need to have them translated and notarised.

6. Prenatal vitamins and medication

Check the availability of the medication and supplements that you want in your country. Remember that you might not be able to read the labels – make sure you do your research and know what you are looking for.

7. Check flight regulations

You might need a doctor’s note to fly while pregnant as expectant mothers have been denied travel in the past because they didn’t have the necessary paperwork.

By following these considerations your expat birth should go smoothly! You can also check out what other expats had to say about their experiences. Good luck!

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Lucy Tomassini

Lucy is a Language & Culture student at University College London, currently living in Spain. Her multicultural background ignited her passion for languages, travelling and exploring different cultures.