Knocked Up Abroad: Stories of pregnancy, birth, and raising a family in a foreign country Paperback – January 28, 2016
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No, home is a place first lived in a womb then carried in arms then held by hands. Home is family and family is home. I loved this book from the bottom of my heart." - Hubert O'Hearn, San Diego Book Review
"I enjoyed every chapter in Knocked Up Abroad, and I also enjoyed the fact that they were all written in their own style, the style of the author of that particular section. It made every chapter very personal, a personal story not just of giving birth or bringing up a child, but of doing it in their own way in a culture that wasn't their own." - Clara Wiggins, author of The Expat Partner's Survival Guide
"To all the Mums and Dads out there experiencing overseas birthing, you are not alone and the most important message I gained from reading this collection was, don't doubt yourself. Use your intuition, if in doubt say no, and make the choices that feel right to you. This is a must-have book in any expat parent's collection." - Keri from Baby Globetrotters
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I'm an older woman, long finished with child bearing, but I found it a very compelling read. One of the most interesting aspects, to me, was that all the differences in prenatal care, delivery practices, and care of new babies -- and there are certainly differences! -- don't matter at all in the end, except as a good story. From Japan to Kenya, Australia to Sweden, and points in between, every midwife, doctor, physician's assistant, doula, mother and mother in law, and expectant parent, wants just one thing -- a healthy baby. The stories of how this magic happens are well told and simply fascinating.
"Knocked up" is a delightful collection of many exciting stories that begin at this moment of truth. When it happens in a country that is foreign to a woman and her family, they may lose the homefield advantage! Usually, everything is hugely magnified and more fearfully awesome than anyone can imagine. Each chapter in "Knocked up" is a new story that keeps us deeply involved as we eagerly read what happens next. We learn how different societies over the globe cope with birthing and how they can frantically strive to avoid catastrophe! Sometimes we actually feel what the writer is recalling about the whole experience as in the chapter about the missionary family in wild West Africa! (Baby in Benin) What a nail biting experience they had. This book is very powerful and well worth reading....it is a perfect gift for every mother, everywhere! Five, no ten, stars!
Being in the healthcare field, this was a very eye opening look at the different roles doctors, doulas and midwives play in healthcare models around the world. It's also a unique perspective of the cultural practices and customs that each of the writers faced during their pregnancies from limited ultrasounds to the customary "sitting the month" following birth.
Really a must read not only for continuous laughs of Lucy's birth plan and Jonathan's "definitive guide to parental leave in Sweden" but also to gain better insight into advocating for yourself, your unborn child and what you want when it comes to delivering your baby no matter where you live in the world.