**Update: Click here to read stories from: Phyllis in Russia, Richelle in Quebec and Niger, Patty in Ghana, Kristin in South Africa, Megan in Southeast Asia, Vanessa in Dominican Republic, Beth in Indonesia, Debby in Poland (during the communist era)
In efforts to get ready for some hopefully interesting topics in the upcoming months, I’ve been asking for a lot of your input recently! I hope you’re enjoying these opportunities to participate more in the community here. Your experiences, wisdom, and opinions are so valuable, so the more we get to hear from you, the better!
As you probably know, much of what I write about comes from what I as an average mom on the international mission field am experiencing in daily life, and thus hopefully things that you might relate to at some point. One of this year’s topics for me is pregnancy and babies! Since several of you have expressed interest in discussing this topic, and I know many of you are in the same boat of either being pregnant or planning to be at some point in the future, I thought we’d get some stuff up here on the blog about pregnancy and birth overseas. That’s where I need your help, moms! I’ve only experienced pregnancy in America and Russia, and so far my only birth experiences have been in the US (though this time around we’re staying in Russia), so I would love it if you would share your experiences to round things out!
So now for the details. Would you please email me at email@example.com to share either your pregnancy or birth experience (or both) overseas? I’m collecting stories until March 15th to give you plenty of time, especially if you have just helped with the “schooling options” survey but might want to participate in this opportunity too. Please keep your stories to 400 words or less (the length of this post or less). I plan to post each story that I receive in one way or another.
Please of course share some interesting aspects of your experience cross-culturally and how God led you during this time, but I would also ask everyone to please be cautious about stories that might scare other moms who are planning to be pregnant or give birth overseas. You don’t have to pretend like everything was perfect, of course, but just be sensitive and envision yourself telling your story to a mom who is pregnant and possibly planning to give birth in a foreign setting. Bonus points to anyone who send in a picture with their story! Thank you!
(Post by: Ashley)