Towards the end of pregnancy, the end is in sight and you are encouraged to start thinking about what to pack in your hospital bag. Whether this will be your first labour or whether you have given birth before, in your home country, knowing what to pack in your hospital bag when giving birth in Germany is important. This post details the kind of items that are useful when giving birth in Germany, as well as the must-have documents for applying for the baby's birth certificate at the hospital.
Having a baby in Germany is complicated business. It's not all about choosing the right clothing, buying a cot/crib & deciding what type of birth you wish for, there's plenty of bureaucracy thrown in to the mix too. This is Germany after all! Here is a useful checklist of what you will need to complete before you give birth from blogger L of 'Cup of Tea Anyone'.
Finding nice maternity clothes can make the difference between feeling frumpy and fed up and feeling good with your bump. Pregnancy has enough challenges, why not treat yourself and show that bump in style? Sexymama has two stores in Berlin. One in Prenzlauer Berg, which is featured here, another in Kreuzberg (Arndtstraße 29, 10965 Berlin).
Whether you are pregnant or you already have a child and are working for a German company, it is important to know your rights in the workplace...
Mothers and Mothers-to-be in the Workplace: Your rights Are you pregnant or already a parent and employed in a German company? Lucky you! German law is very good at protecting family policy when it comes to employment. Here’s a short breakdown of your rights:
Today's post is an explanation of the 'Kindergeld' system, what it is,
who qualifies to receive it and how to apply.
This is the first post from my new regular contributor - half-Irish/half-German mum of 2 Fiona Sammler. Fiona works as a freelance translator in Berlin.
What is Kindergeld? Kindergeld is a 'children's allowance'. The monthly sum (detailed below) is paid to one parent until the age of 18. For children who are still in education after the age of 18 (e.g. an apprenticeship or university), Kindergeld will be paid until they turn 25 as long as the child’s income does not exceed 7680 Euro annually. Kindergeld will also be paid until age 21 for unemployed children and for an unlimited period of time if the child is unable to earn an income due to a disability. Source.
Where can I find English birth preparation / antenatal classes in Berlin? is a question I hear a lot.
Whether you are in your first pregnancy or fifth (eek) birth preparation (Geburtsvorbereitung) classes can be a great way to get useful information (or refresh it) as well as a brilliant opportunity to meet other English speaking women in a similar stage of pregnancy to yourself. There are some English language birth preparation classes available in Berlin and here are my tips on where to find them:
During pregnancy there are a lot of important decisions to be made and one of the confusing ones can be choosing a midwife (Hebamme). Back when I was pregnant with my first son, I was told so many stories by so many mums about when I should and shouldn't find a midwife, what the different types of midwives do and it all got a bit jumbled. Pregnancy brain and an overload of information can do that to you! So here I will try and break down the information in to a clear portions for you to help you in your quest to find a midwife
Being pregnant for the first time comes with a number of questions, worries and confusion. Getting pregnant in a foreign country can add a whole different element and so I will try and help clear up some of that confusion here.
I figured I would begin with the Mutterpass. A Mutterpass is a very important, A5 sized booklet that acts as a record of your pregnancy. Information taken from medical examinations throughout the pregnancy will be noted as well as important details from the birth of your baby. Your Mutterpass will be requested throughout your pregnancy for visits to the