Just read through all the threads about giving birth in China, but unfortunately, much of that information doesn't apply to me! I'm in a smaller city without a lot of Western/English-speaking childbirth resources the way the larger cities seem to have. We're a long way from the big cities, so going to a different city to give birth doesn't seem like an option, especially since I'd prefer a home birth.
Has anyone here given birth in a small Chinese city and can help me out with information? Even if it doesn't apply to my city (Yantai) specifically.
I'm having trouble navigating my pre-natal care and questioning the doctors - my SO is Chinese, but I am not. He translates everything for me, but it's hard to advocate for myself when I can't be part of the conversation. They also seem to have a lot of strange beliefs about the fragility of pregnant women here, which are not held in the West. The doctor told me, for example, that I shouldn't exercise! It's frustrating.
I'm in Yantai. It is a city, but a small one.
You're lucky that your doctor told you the right information. I think my doctors just don't seem to care. It's hard to tell what is right and what is wrong when they give me advice. I'd much rather go to Qingdao, where I heard there is an excellent women's hospital, which even has midwives.
It would be nice to take childbirth classes but I think they are only offered in Chinese. However I'm having my SO find some so we can start going soon.
These days I'm just getting my medical advice from doctors in the West. However I am going to give birth in China. Right now I'm looking for information about midwives and doulas near my city. Unfortunately I am having trouble finding any. Do you know of any midwife organizations?