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post #41 of 142
Can anyone tell me the names/contact info of some lactation consultants in dubai. My sister is due in 2 weeks and I'm worried about her giving up bf'ing becuase of lack of support (it's just her and hubby)
post #42 of 142
Hi neveryoumindthere, Congratulations to your sister on her soon-to-be new baby! : I'm copying and pasting this info from the BF Q&A group about lactation consultants in Dubai.

IBCLC Qualified Lactation Consultants:
Paula Miller – based in Dubai, will do home visits. Tel 050 6501189
Dr Fetta Djessas - based at Cocoon clinic in Sharjah . Will do home visits including to Dubai. Tel 06 5569744
Dr Ghada Al Tajir - based at Cocoon clinic in Sharjah. Will do home visits including to Dubai. Tel 06 5569744
Zoe Nye – based in Abu Dhabi, will do home visits. Tel 050 8172695
Breastfeeding Advice from Health Professionals
Cecile de Scally – based at Australian Family Care in Dubai Healthcare City. Tel : 04 3694433 25 yrs experience as a midwife and 4 years full time bf consultation experience

Also, the Baby Shop stores in Dubai are having a sale right now, which includes all the Avent breast pumps and accessories. (They also carry the full range of Medela, but that never goes on sale!)

Hope this helps!, love, Aisha*
post #43 of 142
I haven't been on mdc in ages, but I was bored this morning, so I thought I would visit. I didn't expect such a response from this thread, I remember seeing it last year, but it was a little quiet. I'm so excited they finally made the Middle East forum, because I had asked for it and wanted it for so long!

My name is Liza and I've been living in the Emirates for the past... nearly six years now! Time flies!
post #44 of 142
DH just interviewed w/ a Uni in KSA...we really really really would LOVE to live in Saudi Arabia...we are also Muslim so that sort of is the reason why...it would be incredible for us. en'shallah he gets the offer!

FYI, about the boob out thing. In Muslim societies the breast is for nourishment and it's not a sexual thing at all. I see this in Iran alot...noone stares, men dont care...youre feeding your child. it's a wonderful mother thing.
post #45 of 142
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Originally Posted by UmmIbrahim View Post
DH just interviewed w/ a Uni in KSA...we really really really would LOVE to live in Saudi Arabia...we are also Muslim so that sort of is the reason why...it would be incredible for us. en'shallah he gets the offer!

FYI, about the boob out thing. In Muslim societies the breast is for nourishment and it's not a sexual thing at all. I see this in Iran alot...noone stares, men dont care...youre feeding your child. it's a wonderful mother thing.
mind me asking which field and which uni?
I saw one that had a lot of openings recently and dh applied, but so far we haven't heard anything
post #46 of 142
noone stares, men dont care...youre feeding your child. it's a wonderful mother thing.

??I lived in the ME and dont agree with tht- atleast not in piblic. Maybe at home with families. I never saw anyone nurse in public-I lived in Bahrain 20 min from Saudi
post #47 of 142
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Originally Posted by LukesMum View Post
noone stares, men dont care...youre feeding your child. it's a wonderful mother thing.

??I lived in the ME and dont agree with tht- atleast not in piblic. Maybe at home with families. I never saw anyone nurse in public-I lived in Bahrain 20 min from Saudi
hey maybe it's diff where you were at. Atleast IN Iran, nursing in public is common and generally in Muslim societies (I should know, i'm Muslim) nursing isnt considered something nasty and disgusting but is a requirement and so generally women dont mind nursing in public.
post #48 of 142
are we talking just nursing in public or actually exposing the breast?
cuz i nurse in public all the time but i never ever expose any skin (i'm not in the middle east but i'm muslim too)
post #49 of 142
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are we talking just nursing in public or actually exposing the breast?
cuz i nurse in public all the time but i never ever expose any skin (i'm not in the middle east but i'm muslim too)
How exactly do you get a baby to properly latch without exposing nipple for at least a couple of seconds?

I lived in the UAE for 6 months and never saw a woman (local or foreign) breastfeed in public. I tend to think that the local women would want to go to one of the "ladies' areas" to breastfeed, since I found them to be incredibly modest (e.g., even at the all women's beach, they would remain completely covered in long underwear when bathing).
post #50 of 142
nak
I always wear a long headscarf so baby nurses under it (the scarf does at least to my waist) or I use the tail of the sling over baby/my shoulder. Also if i'm walking around shopping or something, I either am facing a wall/clothing rack, latch then put my scarf down. I'm very sure besides ds' loud gulping once in a while that no one even knows i have a baby on me, let alone nursing one
post #51 of 142
Hello! It seems there hasn't been a lot of recent activity here, but I'm hoping some of you are still out there.

DH and I just moved to Al Ain, UAE and I just found out that I'm 4 and half weeks pregnant. I don't know much about pregnancy and birth in the UAE- are there really no midwives? are homebirths really illegal? This is not my first pregnancy, I've had two very early losses. But I'm crossing my fingers that this one will stick!

Does anyone have any useful resources for pregnancy/birth info in the UAE?
As I said, we are in Al Ain now, but it's very possible that we could be moving to Dubai or Abu Dhabi in January.

Hope to hear from someone soon!
post #52 of 142

homebirth in the U.A.E

Hello. I am been living in the Middle East for 4 years now. I have 2 daughters. My youngest is now 14months old. Now the law on homebirthing It is illegal for a homebirth......but if you just happen to give birth "accidently", well that is OK as long as (here is the weird bit) the umbilical cord is still intact when you reach the hospital otherwise it can become very complicated. My story very briefly went like this...I attempted to give birth at home. My sister who is a midwife was present at the birth and so had her heart moniter only. L's heartbeat dropped and so we ended up making an emergency dash to hospital where I gave birth in the carpark!
It is very tricky to have a homebirth here. There has recently been many doula's trained here which if I did not have my sister I would definately have that support. There is a wonderful women Kate Greenstock who runs antenatal classes who is a wealth of information.
post #53 of 142

Anyone in Bahrain?

I joined this webgroup this evening - because this thread fascinated me. My husband is likely to take on a position in Bahrain from beginning of next year. I am mom of 4 little ones. We homeschool. Wondering what family life is like there for families with little ones. hoping to meet new friends quickly
post #54 of 142
I dont have time now but just wanted to say I will post re Bahrain. There are things there, but limited choices. I lvoed our time there and there is a hsing group there. I'll come back or pm me with specifics.
post #55 of 142
Still here...
post #56 of 142
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I joined this webgroup this evening - because this thread fascinated me. My husband is likely to take on a position in Bahrain from beginning of next year. I am mom of 4 little ones. We homeschool. Wondering what family life is like there for families with little ones. hoping to meet new friends quickly
Hi. I don't check this section often and just saw this. We're in Bahrain and we homeschool. PM me if you're still expecting to move here and I can try to help with any questions.
post #57 of 142
so what happens if the cord is not intact?
What if the placenta comes out before it is clamped? Is it safe to keep it like that until you get to the hospital?

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Originally Posted by juliet g View Post
Hello. I am been living in the Middle East for 4 years now. I have 2 daughters. My youngest is now 14months old. Now the law on homebirthing It is illegal for a homebirth......but if you just happen to give birth "accidently", well that is OK as long as (here is the weird bit) the umbilical cord is still intact when you reach the hospital otherwise it can become very complicated. My story very briefly went like this...I attempted to give birth at home. My sister who is a midwife was present at the birth and so had her heart moniter only. L's heartbeat dropped and so we ended up making an emergency dash to hospital where I gave birth in the carpark!
It is very tricky to have a homebirth here. There has recently been many doula's trained here which if I did not have my sister I would definately have that support. There is a wonderful women Kate Greenstock who runs antenatal classes who is a wealth of information.
post #58 of 142

Can a tree hugger live in Dubai/Abu Dhabi?

Hello all,
We're considering a move to either Dubai or Abu Dhabi (job for dh). I have traveled extensively but don't have any experience with that area of the world. I think I'll be fine culturally and socially, but I worry about my ability to commune with Mother Nature. I am a nature girl and am raising my kids to be the same A job there would mean a 5 year commitment, so no brief stint. I wouldn't get a job so we could travel more. Does anyone have any advice or thoughts on the matter?
post #59 of 142
We just moved here last summer- we usually love to spend lots of time outdoors- hiking, camping, at the cottage, beach, etc. I have to admit the climate here doesn't really accommodate getting outside for a large part of the year. It's just to darn hot in the summer to really do any kind of prolonged activity outside. That being said, there are opportunities for camping and hiking (especially in nearby Oman) there are beaches, both touristy and of the rugged deserted variety, and you can find places to go rafting and kayaking, sailing, and other ocean sports. Most people leave for a good portion of the summer and go places where they can enjoy the summer months outdoors. The winter is much better- but depending on what you're used to you will find that there simply aren't really places to just BE outdoors in a natural environment- unless you want to sit amongst the dunes.
As for being a treehugger- well, this is the land of extreme waste. Gigantic SUVS as far as the eye can see, nonexistent recycling programs, and excess of everything. I will be having a little one soon and I guess one way to approach it is to point out many things that could be better...or something. I'll have to think about that a bit more.
Hope that helps!
post #60 of 142
First, congratulations on your upcoming bundle of love
Second, thank you for the information. I have to say that I'm REALLY surprised that there is not a great recycling and composting program -- I thought they were trying to be a little more sustainable than that. Isn't there some nearby city that's supposed to be created zero waste and with renewable energy? But it's nice to think about kayaking and such things -- I never thought about that for some reason. I've also been reading that the Dubai Creek area is a more authentic taste of old Dubai -- is that true?
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