Giving birth at the Clinica Alemana, Santiago: What to Pack

After a few requests from some lovely Expaters here, I thought to do a post on what to pack when giving birth at the Clinica Alemana in Santiago de Chile. Yes, the Clinica Alemana has published a checklist (click here for the link), but after giving birth myself a week ago, I thought to compile a list from a more…
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Don’t let the Smug Expat Mums get to you

Dear fellow Expater mums Beware of the Smug Expat Mum (SEM). They’re the ones wearing makeup and clean clothes by 8am. Their leaders even go in for white jeans. They shun the mum bun for a full on blow dried balayage. Their babies wear cashmere in winter and (freshly ironed) linen in the summer. All courtesy of Ralph Lauren. I…
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Everything you need to know about giving birth at the Clinica Alemana …

Last week I gave birth to baby Annabelle at the Clinica Alemana in Santiago de Chile.  Already a few pregnant Expater buddies have asked me about my experience and any tips I might have.  I’m generally against offering advice, as every child and mother to be is unique, but here are 20 pointers which you might consider if you’re with…
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Well that was weird! Annabelle’s ‘abnormal’ birth

Last Sunday I gave birth to a beautiful little girl, Annabelle. When originally asked what type of birth I wanted, I said ‘oh you know, normal’. For me, natural births are normal. But here in Chile perhaps less so. Annabelle is my third child, and contrary to expectations it was the most emotional, beautiful and quite frankly downright odd experience.…
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It’s a girl!

Hoorah!  A quick update to let you know that I gave birth to a beautiful little girl on Sunday. I’ve been struggling to find time to get the news around friends and family, so here’s a short post. Annabelle was born at 4am (why are babies never born at sensible hours?) and we’re doing great. Alas, like my second child,…
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