Giving Birth in France – My Birth Story

Giving Birth in France

On October 6, I gave birth to a healthy baby girl in the small city of Bayeux in France. Juliana was born on her French due date and not a moment sooner than she was ready. We had an eventful, long and difficult labor – of which, I have mixed feelings about my experience at this French hospital.Early afternoon on October 6, my husband’s mother was visiting us to help clean … [Read more...]

Final Cours de Preparation Pour Naissance with a Sage-Femme

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We attended the 4th and final cours de preparation pour naissance (birth preparation class) with a sage-femme (midwife). I left this class feeling much more relaxed than I did with the last session. This time we discussed different positions for laboring and what to expect during my 4 or 5 day stay at the hospital.The sage-femme had us practice different positions for … [Read more...]

10 Tips for Moving to France from the USA

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Moving to France was one of the most exciting and exhausting experiences of my life. I packed things I didn't need and left behind things that I wish I brought. I had unrealistic expectations about how fast I would learn French, and what life would be like once I arrived. Do not expect to do things the same way, or as quickly, as in the US.My biggest shock came when setting … [Read more...]