Hi my husband is German and I am American. We live in East Africa on assignment with the UN. We are expecting our first child, and planning to deliver it in Garmisch where we can stay in my husband's family's vacation home. We plan to be there for about 4 months in 2012. We will only arrive 6 weeks before the baby is due so I will need to have already chosen an OBGYN, midwife, etc before arriving. We are planning to visit around Christmas time to scope everything out.
Can anyone out there recommend resources for me in Garmisch? I do not speak German (even though my husband does I don't want to rely on him having to translate everything) so especially English-speaking resources would be appreciated!!!
OBGYNs, hospital or clinic recommendations
Baby stuff shopping recommendations (online, in Munich, or in Garmisch)
Any other advice!!! We have no idea what we are doing but we are very excited!
Hi there! When are you actually due??? That might make you think twice about some clinics/midwives depending on the weather and road conditions.
In Germany you don't have to go to an OBGYN if you don't want to or need to. You can get all your prenatal care from a midwife. Of course, if you want ultrasound then you need to go to a gynecologist for this. So find a midwife (Hebamme) because she's the one who will be accompanying you during your birth, not a doctor. Of course, if you just show up at the maternity ward of a clinic, you'll be cared for by their midwives, but its nice to have your own who knows you inside out (no pun intended, heh). But ask if she's allowed to do births in the clinic you've chosen. If you're considering a home birth, then you're sort of in luck. It's legal here in Germany, but the number of midwives who actually do homebirths is sinking due to insurance reasons. And most of your midwives also do accupuncture these days, but ask, of course.
So here's a list of midwives in your area, some of whom apparently also speak English:
Here's another link with a whole bunch of resources. Apparently there's a Geburtshaus in Garmisch, too, where you can just go in, have your baby and head home. The midwives in all cases visit you for up to 8 weeks after birth to make sure you heal well, your baby is nursing well, etc.
Run this list by your dh. He'll be able to help you more. But do make sure to go to a "Geburtsvorbereitungskurs" - birthing class, find where you want to do "Rückbildungsgymnastik" (postnatal exercise class) or ask your midwife for a recommendation
For mother clubs, well, you can look for Krabbelgruppe, but you might want to look for other Englisch speaking moms and just meet them, especially if you aren't going to be there long and dont know the language. Maybe someone else can help you out with that. Are you staying on a base? If so, you might want to check with the base if there are any such groups there.
Good luck, mama!
Me 41, single mom to dd 4/2001 and ds 7/17/2010
Thank you, Terrilein. This is really helpful.
No, we are not on a base. We are not military or USG. My husband is German and I am American and we work for the UN in Africa. we will only arrive in Germany 6 weeks before the due date which is in April, so hopefully weather will not be an issue, but my husband and I both grew up in snowy resort towns so we should be okay. I think we will lease a car for the 4 months we are there, and our familly's condo is near the historical town center.
Do you know what hospitals or clinics there are in Garmisch? We would prefer full medical services- we are defintiely not having a home birth. We have had some issues already in the pregnancy so we would like to take all precautions possible. I looked up the hospital in Garmisch and it seems to specialize in joint replacements and there is no neonatal clinic. Are you familiar with the area? We would like to find a Dr and a midwife who will attend the birth in a hospital. Is that going to be possible?
I have sent the links to my DH- this is all very exciting! I appreciate your advice!!
Sorry, I'm in Cologne and have no clue about Garmisch and the surrounding area, but I had some free time on my hands and decided to google a bit to help you out.
One of the clinics listed seems to be a private clinic doing whatever. The other hospital though does have a maternity, does accupuncture and homeopathy, has rooming-in and family rooms so that your partner can stay with you in the hospital. And there's an NICU right there, too.
Me 41, single mom to dd 4/2001 and ds 7/17/2010
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