Steps to Prepare to Have a Baby in Mexico

I am moving abroad and already pregnant.

Any thoughts about what my next steps should be to prepare for the moving will be appreciated..

First of all, CONGRATULATIONS!

Having a baby in Mexico ended up being a great experience for me.

Here are the steps I recommend when thinking about having a baby abroad.

First, choose your country.

Think about having the baby in a country that provides dual citizenship. Why?

Because it gives options for your child.

Maybe they will want to live outside of the States one day. Maybe they will want to own real estate, attend college, or work in a foreign country.

This will give them that option.

Only Western hemisphere countries, along with Fiji, Cambodia, and Pakistan, offer birthright citizenship.

Furthermore, this also gives options for you. If you have a baby in Costa Rica, you can have residency. In Brazil and Mexico, you can obtain citizenship.

Second, choose your city and area.

What kind of transportation will you have? Do you prefer to drive and have a car? Or will you need somewhere with plenty of taxis or public transportation?

Do you like crowds, museums, and lots of events? Or do you like space, open air, and the outdoors?

Third, learn the language.

If you can, get a tutor or go to school to learn the language. Total immersion works best.

It will make you feel more confident about the situation. I relied on my husband, who speaks Spanish, a great deal. Admittedly, pregnancy is not the easiest time to learn a language. Serious scatter brain ensues, but I can’t promise it goes away after the birth, so, now is as good a time as any to learn as much of the language as you can.

Fourth, choose your birth style.

Do you want an epidural? Do you want a doula or a midwife? Do you want a homebirth? Are you opposed to getting a c section?

Take the time to meditate on and write out your dream birth. Who would be present? What would it feel like? Where would it take place?

What will your insurance cover? If you don’t have insurance, what can you afford to pay?

Do you want to breastfeed?

C sections are extremely common in Mexico, so I wanted to go as natural as possible to try to avoid that.

Fifth, pick your team.

Meet with your doctor and see how they make you feel. Pay attention to your feelings. Any slight misgiving with someone will only be magnified a hundredfold when you are naked, sweating, and pushing out a baby. I loved my doctor, Dr J.E. Serratos. I didn’t have as positive experience with my doula, who I picked only because of her excellent English and who I didn’t really jive with. If possible, meet with several people until you “click.”

Choose a team who views your birth the same way you do and who has the same expectations that you do.

If you are interested in going natural, I highly recommend the book Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth

Sixth, pick your hospital.

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Your doctor may only attend births at certain places, so you may be limited by that. Find out where he goes and that’s probably where you’ll go too. I had a good experience at Medica Sur Lomas in Mexico City. It’s a maternity hospital, and it has an ICU. I visited the hospital in advance to make sure I felt comfortable. They will give you a tour, a packet, and answer any questions you have. I highly recommend visiting in advance, as well as contacting your insurance to tell them your due date and the hospital you are planning to have the baby.

Seventh, pick your residence.

In Mexico City, the traffic is very bad and living by the hospital of your choice would be a good idea. I lived downtown and in bad traffic it could take an hour to get to Medica Sur Lomas or more. Two with the bus. Fortunately, I went to the hospital in the middle of the night so traffic was not an issue.

We loved living in Puerta Alameda downtown, in a two bedroom apartment for only $1100/month.

Eighth, go shopping.

If you have any sort of baby needs it’s best to do your shopping in the States. Maternity clothes are very expensive. Breast pump, baby bed, stroller, etc etc would be best to bring with you. Of course you can get what you need in Mexico, but the options won’t be as diverse or inexpensive. Also, shopping isn’t as fun the fatter you get and when walking makes you tired.

Ninth, make some connections and friends.

photofromJennyWe had a great experience with the English-speaking LDS congregation in Mexico City. They would welcome you if you were looking for a community. Otherwise, if you don’t know anyone, take a look at meetup.com. There are tons of expat groups there. There’s also something called the Newcomers Club for English speakers. Let me know if you want me to refer to you some contacts. Mexicans are very nice people and they want to help. So does the expat community.

Also, there is PLENTY to do in Mexico City. It’s an alpha world city with more museums than any other city in the world. So much to see and look forward to. The second trimester is easiest for doing this kind of thing. The first, you might be too tired; the third, too big. Pictured: the world-famous Museo Nacional de Antropologica

Tenth, bring your important documents.

If you want to apply for a birth certificate abroad, or apply for Mexican citizenship, have on hand your birth certificate, your husband’s birth certificate, and your marriage certificate. Have something that shows the grandparents names (should be on your birth certificates.) Have several passport sized photos of the two of you.

You will need photos of your pregnancy to prove that you indeed did carry the baby. You will need a list of all the places you have ever lived. Check this link out to find out more:

http://travel.state.gov/travel/living/living_5497.html

I also suggest applying for a Social Security number for your baby, an office of which is available at the American embassy. The embassy also can take passport photos of your child.

The hospital you give birth in can provide the forms you need to apply for the Mexican birth certificate. Ask them for all the forms that you need. They will not provide the certificate. You will need to go to a civil registrar for that.

Here is an email contact for getting a passport for your baby:

MexicoCityPassport@state.gov

Eleventh, choose your vaccinations.

Do you want your child to be vaccinated? Which ones?

Take a look at the testing and shots that you want your baby to have and be prepared to ask about it after the birth. Mexico is up-to-date on this sort of thing, generally, but your standards might be a little more stringent than theirs so communicate them.

Twelvth, choose your pediatrician.

The hospital will assign you one if you don’t care who yours is. They will attend the birth and will be your contact for any questions you have about postpartum baby care. Your doula, doctor, and friends can recommend you a pediatrician. Since we were leaving so soon after the birth (2.5 months) I didn’t prioritize this relationship.

Phew, it’s a lot, isn’t it?! Good thing that we are given nine months to prepare, there’s plenty to do. All of this trouble will be forgotten when the baby-the new love of your life arrives, though.

Thirteenth, even if you forget something, it’s okay!

Your baby will get here one way or another, and things have a tendency of working themselves out. Don’t worry!

Good luck!

Kalli Hiller

Article by Kalli Hiller

Kalli Hiller is a voluntary vagabond who, with her husband Jacob, has traveled full time for the last eight years.

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