Quinn wasn't born here in Costa Rica. We say he's "casi Tico" (almost Costa Rican) but I was too chicken to have him here. You think I am joking. Check out our middle son's birth story. We just felt like it was a wiser decision for our family to have him near family. So that's what we did. We left Costa Rica when I was somewhere around 34 weeks (still able to fly internationally. The ticket counter guy really thought I shouldn't be flying!) We moved back when Quinn was just 3 months old. Really, we were in the States long enough to have him and get his passport.
I did most of my prenatal care here while we were in language school. We saw a general practitioner
here who works with language school students. He speaks perfect English and knows both the North American practices and Tico practices. He works with a lot of expats, so he was able to help maneuver the coming and going with the records and all. When we were in Michigan for Christmas I saw the OB that I had when I was pregnant with our oldest. That was the practice that delivered Quinn when we got back stateside.
So while I didn't personally have a baby overseas, I know plenty of women who did and had great experiences. Sure, there were differences, some good, some bad, but all lived to tell the tale. And isn't' that a funny thing about us women? We love a good birth story! I was once in a conversation with a North American, and Costa Rican and a Korean in which we were all exchanging birth stories. It's just universal.
So, what's your overseas pregnancy or birth story?