Some differences between having a baby in Germany and having a baby in the US are significant (the existence of maternity leave, for example). Some differences are small and mundane. Today’s post will be about the latter. Babies wear diapers. Diapers need to be changed. At some point in history, people in Germany and people … More American vs. German Changing Tables
Last week when I went grocery shopping, I was accosted by a lady holding a tray with four cups. She asked me to pick up one of the cups to find a prize. I don’t usually participate in gimmicky promotions, but on this day I decided to give it a shot. Under the cup I … More Is This Really How German Women Work Out?
****If you need to catch up, you can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here.**** Of course I thought the hard part was over once I held my baby in my arms. I was so jubilant that I didn’t even deny the midwife’s request to use acupuncture to help deliver the placenta. (I just … More My Birth Story, Part 3 — “Try to relax!”
****You can read Part 1 here**** I was thankful that my bag was already packed when the midwife told us to drive to the birthing center. I had feared the 30 minute drive before the birth, but it actually wasn’t so bad. There was no traffic at 5 a.m. on a Saturday morning. It was … More My Birth Story, Part 2: “Holding Back When They Say Push”
When I was pregnant I was often told that a woman’s first labor tends to be very lengthy. At one point I read about a woman who baked a birthday cake between contractions to pass the time before going to the hospital. After returning home with the baby, she was able to celebrate the birth … More My Birth Story, Part 1: “The Never-Baked Lemon Cake”
One of my favorite things about living in Germany is getting to explore the many playgrounds scattered throughout this country. I look forward to the day that my baby is old enough for me to use him as an excuse to play on the equipment without feeling weird. Before continuing to read this post you … More American vs. German Playgrounds
Very early in my pregnancy I started to occasionally have trouble breathing at night. I would wake up with a tight feeling in my chest and I was unable to take deep breaths. Back when I was in college, a doctor suspected that I might have exercise-induced asthma because of difficulties that I have with … More My Most Traumatic Pregnancy Experience
The emphasis Germans place on “protecting baby’s spine” has huge repercussions for the German baby gear market, particularly when it comes to strollers. It is very common in America for parents to attach their baby’s carseat to a stroller frame to transport their baby before he or she is old enough to sit in … More American vs. German Strollers
When I worked in the infant room of an American childcare center about ten years ago, an emphasis was placed on helping the babies gain enough muscle strength to reach physical developmental milestones in an appropriate timeframe. One such milestone was the ability to sit independently. “Sitting independently” is defined by American child development experts … More Why Don’t German Babies Sit?
Germans take maternal health very seriously. This becomes clearly evident when you examine the many regulations created to protect pregnant women in the workplace. There is a piece of German legislation called the Mutterschutzgesetz (Maternity Protection Law) which outlines the accomodations that are to be made for employed expecting mothers. Here are just a few highlights: Pregnant women may not work at jobs in … More Pregnant Workers’ Rights