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Season 4 Finale: Expat Role Models

Season 4 Finale: Expat Role Models

September 17, 2020

Season 4, Episode 25. It's episode 100! The end of season 4! So many reasons to celebrate!

To wrap up a season that ended up being released starting at the onset of a pandemic and seeing us all the way through to September, we hear from a variety of former guests, listeners, and expat friends from around Freiburg about who their expat/immigrant/nomad role model is.

Whether real people they know, characters or creators they've enjoyed, or even just the plurality of those who have made big international moves before us, the people and stories shared in this episode provide a plethora of expats, immigrants, nomads, and travelers for us all to look up to and turn to in times of trouble.

Although it can very often feel that way, you are not alone in your struggles during life abroad. Be it the people mentioned in this episode or the people who came on the show to mention them, there are examples you can aspire to - and who knows, maybe you're someone else's role model.

 

IN THIS EPISODE

Guests include Mari from Adventures of La Mari, Steph from Geopats, Gabriela from Gabriela Encina, Expat Coach, Casey from @CaseyfromCologne, and Linda from TravelTeening

Role Models include author Pico Iyer, YouTuber Sarah Nourse, writer Marjane Satrapi

 

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Started from the Bottom with Mari

Started from the Bottom with Mari

August 13, 2020

Season 4, Episode 20. Moving abroad means starting completely over from scratch. Career, friendships, belongings, culture, language - all of these things are gone or nearly gone when you move abroad. Yet somehow, at some point, expats/immigrants climb their way to the top and establish a life for themselves in all of these sectors.

 

Mari is from Indiana, USA and moved to Germany. Not only does she have her own story of how she started from the bottom; she also shares the story of her mother, who moved from Peru to the USA, leaving behind a great job for a life in a country where she couldn't speak the language; and she shares the story of her uncle, who was an engineer who moved to the USA to find job opportunities, and ended up working in McDonald's, where he walked to work while saving up for a car.

 

Mari's family offers a slew of expat role models, and hearing their stories helps remind all of us that we can make this life work if we just persist.

 

FIND MARI

She recommends the musician/comedian Victor Borge

Visit her website for information about her book, "The God Queen"

Watch her YouTube channel Adventures of la Mari, @MLTishner

On Instagram @MLTishner

 

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Being Queer in Germany with Meg

Being Queer in Germany with Meg

July 30, 2020

Season 4, Episode 18. Meg is a love expat - she moved to Freiburg, Germany from South Carolina, USA to be with her German then-girlfriend, now-wife. From the southern US to southern Germany, she shares what it's been like for her being queer. 

 

What kinds of encounters has she had because of her queer identity? Can she and wife hold hands and kiss in public? What is the queer community like in Germany in comparison to the US? What's the deal with Christopher Street Day?

 

We get into all that, plus queer history, minority solidarity, and media portrayals of LGBTQ+ people.

 

MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE

City Starlings' list of "10 podcasts you should be listening to if you are an expat in Germany"

Leslie Jordan on Instagram @thelesliejordan

The documentary Disclosure

 

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Divorce as an Expat Living Abroad with Katia

Divorce as an Expat Living Abroad with Katia

July 2, 2020

Season 4, Episode 14. Many people move abroad either for love or with their spouse. What that unfortunately sometimes means, is that some expats end up having to go through a divorce in a foreign country. Getting divorced abroad is complicated and challenging in just about every imaginable way, and Katia Vlachos is here to talk to us about it all.

Katia, a longtime expat, got divorced from her Austrian husband in Switzerland. The two additionally had children to consider. In addition to the emotional aspect of a relationship ending, Katia had to overcome a language barrier when going through the legal aspects of the divorce.

Today, she's on the other end of that complicated chapter of life. She's here to talk to us about how she made it through and what she learned along the way. Katia is now an author, a coach, and an overall badass.

 

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

Families in Global Transition, or FIGT

International Family Law Group, or IFLG

 

FIND KATIA VLACHOS

Visit her website, katiavlachos.com

Read her book, A Great Move

Check out her coaching services

On Facebook @KatiaVlachosCoach

On Twitter @vlachosk

On Instagram @vlachosk

 

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To Move or Not To Move: The Expat During a Pandemic Question with Emily

To Move or Not To Move: The Expat During a Pandemic Question with Emily

May 28, 2020

Season 4, Episode 10. When your extended family is split between two countries on two different continents, deciding where to root your own family is not easy. Throw in the complications brought to us by the Covid-19/Coronavirus pandemic, and the decision becomes nearly impossible to make.

Many expats make international family relationships work by visiting their family as much as possible and/or hosting family in their country. This was somewhat doable when flights are extremely cheap, like they were the last few years. Now, global travel is all but stopped, and it's unclear when it will be possible to fly internationally again - and when it is, how expensive will tickets be?

Complications like these drastically impact what it means to be an expat. Our guest today, Emily, has a family split between the US and Germany. Emily, her husband, their young daughter, and their pets are based in the States now, but have considered a move to Germany several times. How has the pandemic impacted their ideas, plans, and dreams? How does Emily prioritize choosing a location based on family proximity, on cultural connections, or on socioeconomic situations?

 

FIND EMILY

On Instagram @Wenzel.Haus

Referenced in this episode: Second Cheapest Wine skit from College Humor

 

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Counseling for Cross-Cultural Relationships with Katie

Counseling for Cross-Cultural Relationships with Katie

April 9, 2020

Season 4, Episode 3. Being in a cross-cultural relationship comes with many strengths and many challenges, especially if one partner moved to a new country and learned a new language to make the relationship work. This week's guest has lots of experience with that, both personally and professionally.

Katie Rössler moved from America to Germany with her husband, and they've now got two small daughters in Munich. Katie experienced plenty of challenges herself, and she brings that first-hand experience into her work as an expat couple's counselor. Working with couples in person and online, through sessions as well as online courses and guides, Katie helps her clients navigate the tricky waters of miscommunications, conflicting expectations, and more.

In the tail end of the episode, we discuss how couples and families can use the lock-down during Coronavirus to their advantage. There are so many memes about how Coronavirus will lead to many babies - and many divorces. But why do we have to go into this thinking of it so negatively? Katie helps us reframe the situation as an opportunity and offers concrete ideas on how to succeed during quarantine.

This episode is a nice complement to the episode Intercultural Relationships.

 

CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES

If you need help translating Coronavirus related local news stories from German - or if you can offer to help translate news stories from German - click here.

See if you can help create face shields and other in-demand items through a local branch of MakersvsVirus or via Prusa.

Learn about the US Stimulus package for Americans living abroad here, via MyExpatTaxes.

 

FIND KATIE

On her website positive-connections.com

Check out her Courses and Guides including a Family Meeting Guide

 

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Intercultural Relationships with Katie

Intercultural Relationships with Katie

November 14, 2019

Season 3, Episode 14. "You're always going to have one set of parents or family who is sad because they're missing their son or daughter."

Katie, an American, is married to an Austrian. Their relationship has been colored by what language they communicate in and where they live - in the US, in Austria, and now as digital nomads. Although sometimes it is as magical as taking twirling in the Austrian Alps, singing songs from The Sound of Music, there are numerous challenges that come up when you are in an intercultural relationship.

Miscommunication and pop culture references that fall flat are daily struggles, and things get really serious when it comes to arranging where to celebrate holidays and how to build traditions that work for both of you. And that's without adding kids to the picture - but if that's a part of the plan, then how the heck do you negotiate a plan that works for you as well as your extended families?

Katie comes on the podcast to talk about all the messy challenges that are inevitable for relationships like hers. But it isn't all heavy! We also giggle about how wearing house shoes, as is common in Austria, really throws a wrench in your outfit choices, and Katie tells us the wild story of how her and her husband met, which is honestly the kind of story that makes me want to believe in fate.

 

MORE ON LOVE

Our Valentine's Day 2019 episode about Long-Distance Relationships

 

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Online at aculturapiece.com

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On Facebook @ACultureAPiece

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Living Abroad in Your 20s with Olivia

Living Abroad in Your 20s with Olivia

October 10, 2019

Season 3, Episode 9. Moving abroad throws so many things into question - your sense of home, your relationships, your career, your comfort zone. In fact, all of these things are also typically thrown into question during another life period: your 20s.

Today's guest hosts a podcast called Quarter Life Living, where she addresses many of the decisions and evolutions we go through during our formative years as a 20-something. Olivia is 26, and she is half-Irish, half-Austrian and has lived in Australia and Sweden. Suffice it to say, she's had her fair share of opportunities to ask these tough questions! In our conversation, we discuss what it was like growing up split between two countries and cultures, family relations as an expat, and the push and pull between settling down and exploring.

 

FIND OLIVIA

On her podcast at Quarter Life Living

On Instagram @QuarterLifeLivingPodcast

Via her business, Say It Right

On LinkedIn @OliviaScheibelreiter

 

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Raising a Son with Special Needs in Germany with Shaun of Expat Life Germany

Raising a Son with Special Needs in Germany with Shaun of Expat Life Germany

September 19, 2019

Season 3, Episode 6. Today, the expats in Germany podcast worlds collide - because Shaun from Expat Life Germany is a guest on The Expat Cast! If you're not already listening to his show, get ready to hit subscribe, because Shaun hosts a fantastic weekly podcast where he shares interviews, resources, and thoughts about living in Germany as a foreigner. If you like this show, you'll love his.

Now, the tables are turned, and we get to know more about Shaun as he steps into the role of guest, rather than host. Shaun moved to Germany from South Africa years ago with his wife, in search of adventure and new experiences. Little did they know they'd fall in love with Germany and end up staying there permanently. They now have German citizenship and are raising two - soon to be three! - kiddos in their rural German village.

Their oldest son has a special need called SYNGAP-1, and Shaun shares with us how they've navigated the situation as foreigners and second-language German speakers. From doctor's visits to learning what resources are out there for kids like their son, it's been a whirlwind that's left them more in love with life in Germany than ever.

 

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Listen to his podcast on Stitcher
 
On Instagram @expatlifegermany
 
On Twitter @ExpatLifeDE
 
More information on what his son has here

 

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Moving Abroad with Teenagers with Linda

Moving Abroad with Teenagers with Linda

September 12, 2019

Season 3, Episode 5. Linda Kerr grew up as a Third Culture Kid and is now a "trailing spouse" or expat partner. That means she's experienced living abroad during various stages of life - but now, she's doing something totally new. She is living abroad in Germany with her husband and their two teenagers.

In this episode, Linda explains how she's made moving to Europe work with a 14-year-old and a 15-year-old. As if raising teens in a foreign country wasn't enough of a challenge, Linda also moved abroad just as she started a new position in her job in marketing. We discuss what the challenges were with trying to pursue a high-level career and a rapidly evolving family life at the same time. Although it's not always easy, Linda's family has embraced their 3-year stay in Germany as a chance to make history come to life by visiting the cities that their kids are learning about in history class.

 

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FIND LINDA

On her blog, Travel Teening
 
On Instagram @travelteening

  

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Moving Abroad or Running Away? with Aspen from AspenAbroad

Moving Abroad or Running Away? with Aspen from AspenAbroad

August 15, 2019

Season 3, Episode 1. "Started from the bottom, now we German."

We kick off season 3 with an interview with expat YouTuber Aspen, from Aspen Abroad, in which we get a little deeper into Aspen's decision to move to Europe after growing up in Hawaii - and how she settled on Munich, Germany, as her new home. Released just in time to celebrate Aspen's 5th Gedeutschtag (Alles gute, Aspen!), we take a stroll down memory lane to look at the traumas and challenges that inspired Aspen to leave the US, followed by a discussion of how she's feeling now.

Moving to a new country also means leaving another country behind. What if the situation you're leaving behind is messy, full of problems and stress? Is your choice to move abroad a healthy way to improve your surroundings for a better future, or is it in some way a very elaborate method of running away from your problems? And what happens when certain problems sneak back up on you, because the baggage comes with you, even if you thought you left it behind?

 

FIND ASPEN

Watch her video about our weekend in Freiburg, I did a Expat podcast Germany!

Check out her YouTube channel, AspenAbroad

Follow her on Instagram, @Aspen.Abroad

 

RESOURCES

Hidden Brain episode about the psychological effects of scarcity, You 2.0: Tunnel Vision

 

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How to Show Up with Sundae

How to Show Up with Sundae

July 4, 2019

Season 2, Episode 24. For many, one of the toughest things about living abroad is being far away from friends and family. It can feel like you're missing out on all the important moments, big and small - and sometimes, that's true.

But sometimes, it's possible to move heaven and earth to be there, in person, for a big event. When that does happen, the moment becomes that much more important because of how far out of your way you went to be there. Showing up in those moments is, as Sundae explains in her podcast Expat Happy Hour, a grand gesture.

Taking inspiration from Sundae's podcast episode Grand Gestures, Nicole and Sundae discuss what a grand gesture is and how to decide if you should make one, by sharing examples in their own lives of grand gestures done by or for them. Also, what if you really can't be there in person? What if that's totally off the table, but you still want to be there for your friends and family? With a little creativity and a lot of love, there are endless possibilities of how you can show up for your people, physically and otherwise, regardless of how many kilometers are between you.

 

FIND SUNDAE

Listen to her podcast, Expat Happy Hour

-the episode inspired this episode, called Grand Gestures

-the episode Love Your Friends and Family While They're Alive

Check out her website

Join her Facebook group, Expats on Purpose

 

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You Are Where You Live with Mark

You Are Where You Live with Mark

June 6, 2019

Season 2, Episode 20. Today's guest is celebrating three decades of life abroad! Born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio, Mark Baker's studies in journalism and Eastern European international relations took him to Vienna, Austria in the late 1980s. Little did he know that the Iron Curtain would fall just as he was settling in, changing his life - and the world - forever.

Mark's writing career took him to Prague, Czech Republic, but after a few years, he tried to move back to the US. Despite landing a great job in New York City, something wasn't right. His time in Europe had made him more European than he'd realized, and now he felt homesick for Prague.

He moved back to Prague, and now, he's an accomplished travel writer, with travel guides on central and eastern Europe published by renowned companies, like Lonely Planet. Most recently, Lonely Planet hired him to write a guide book in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Mark shares what it was like to spend weeks in those states, which are so familiar to him as an Ohioan, yet as a long-term expat, still somehow new.

Mark's got years of hard-earned wisdom, and I'm glad he's shared the following nuggets with us.

Mark's Rules of Expat Life:

  1. It’s always a temporary move, or so you think.
  2. You never decide to stay. It’s always just one more year, one more year.
  3. You develop an unacknowledged expectation that the United States will never change.
  4. Your environment changes you.
  5. You are where you live.

 

FIND MARK

On his website, Mark Baker Prague

Check out his article about Youngstown that caught Lonely Planet's eye

Check out his 3-part article about the early days in Vienna

On Twitter @MarkBakerPrague

 

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Meet the Parents with Momsie & Popsicle

Meet the Parents with Momsie & Popsicle

May 9, 2019

Season 2, Episode 16. Guess who this week's guests are? My parents! I power my Brene Brown and get vulnerable by asking my parents how they feel about my choice to live abroad.

When my dad was a young adult and moved into an apartment 20 minutes from his childhood home, his mom was outraged he'd move so far away. My mom's extended family numbers around 40 people - of whom, only a handful live more than a 2 hour drive away. So what do they REALLY think about the fact that their daughter lives thousands of miles and several time zones away?

We take an evening out of a whirlwind tour of Europe to get into the beautiful, complicated mess that is expat family relationships.

 

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Expat Mama with Ashley

Expat Mama with Ashley

May 2, 2019

Season 2, Episode 15. You last heard from friend of the show, Ashley, when she was pregnant with her son, who we lovingly referred to as Appleseed, back in Season 1 ("Pregnancy in Germany"), but now she's back, with another fun nickname for her kiddo -- WAM.

Ashley is now 7 months into motherhood, and she shares with us what it's been like adjusting to her new role. What was it like for her to give birth in Germany? How has she handled being an ocean apart from her family in the US? And how is she planning on keeping her American identity alive with her son?

Ashley's go-to book recommendation for new parents-to-be is:

The Shit No One Tells You: A Guide to Surviving Your Baby's First Year by Don Dais, which Ashley mentions in the episode as the one pregnancy book she did read. This link is to the entire Shit No One Tells You series. https://www.dawndais.com/sht

For more expat pregnancy resources, check out Season 1, Episode 10, Pregnancy in Germany with Ashley and Appleseed.

 

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Choosing to Move Back with Aurora

Choosing to Move Back with Aurora

April 18, 2019

Season 2, Episode 13. Expats don't always stay expats forever. But what goes into the choice to leave international life behind and return to one's home country? We sit down with Aurora, a Mexican-American living in Germany, to hear what made her decide to move back to the States.

Aurora will move back to the US this summer, but where exactly will she move? Cue: A Very Well Built Excel Spreadsheet! Aurora and her husband, Duncan (our guest in Season 1 for Voting Rights Abroad) systematically identified places they'd liked to live and their top criteria for what matters to them most about a location. Then, they individually ranked their choices, pulled in some publicly available data, and got a data-driven indicator of what city or cities work best for them.

Plus, we chat about why weird subway encounters & Game of Thrones are worth uprooting your life and relocating.

 

DUNCAN & AURORA'S DECISION MAKING SPREADSHEET

You can view the spreadsheet Aurora mentions in the episode here, as a view-only Google Spreadsheet. Feel free to copy/paste the spreadsheet into your own document to put in your own potential locations and criteria!

 

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Here & There, Then & Now with Nic

Here & There, Then & Now with Nic

April 11, 2019

Season 2, Episode 12. When Nic moved to Germany from England to be with his girlfriend, he committed himself mentally to the move. It would have taken something really huge and dramatic to make him consider moving back. But how does he manage keeping in touch with family, especially negotiating visits? And how does he still show up for his partner's family?

We use the topic of family as a launching point for a fun conversation about British Christmas, cultural judgement, and way more.

 

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Twitter @40PercentGerman

Blog 40% German

 

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Check out The Virtual Expats, a great podcast run by Steph Fuccio, a fellow American podcasting expat, wherever you get your podcasts.

 

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Relationships with Loved Ones Back Home with Summer

Relationships with Loved Ones Back Home with Summer

February 28, 2019

Season 2, Episode 6. When one moves abroad, a lot gets left behind. Most importantly: people. Managing relationships with loved ones back home can be one of the hardest parts of the expat life. So today, two expats with totally different experiences sit down to chat about how they’ve managed.

Nicole grew up with strong roots, surrounded by friends and family that continue to be relevant to her life today. Summer, on the other hand, doesn’t have a strong “home base,” and her friends and family are spread out from South Carolina to Alaska.

When an ocean and a few thousand miles get thrown into both of those situations, what happens? How does one manage keeping in touch? Who visits whom? And how often? And where? Nicole & Summer exchange their perspectives on the pros and cons of their familial and friendship relationships throughout their time as Americans abroad.

 

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Blog at Eat Something Go Somewhere

Twitter @Summer Outside

Instagram @Summer Outside

 

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Family of Six Takes a Year Abroad with Anne & Thompsen

Family of Six Takes a Year Abroad with Anne & Thompsen

September 13, 2018

Season 1, Episode 11. Anne Thompsen Lord, a mother of four, and her oldest son, Thompsen, sit down with The Expat Cast to share their experience with their family's year abroad. Anne and her husband Errol wanted to spend a year abroad so that their kids could have the gift of a second language, so when Errol's job as a professor of philosophy brought them the opportunity to live in Freiburg, Germany, they leapt on it. They packed up their things, rounded up their 10-year-old, 7-year-old, and 5-year-old twins and dove into the adventure. Anne and Thom share their perspectives on life in Germany as a mom and as a kid. Their insights provide a charming mixture of classic problems, like feeling like an outsider or hating math homework, and unique problems, like finding a sense of home in a sea of unfamiliarity and navigating a school system where things like transportation aren't organized for you.

 

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Anne's blog about her life in Freiburg: https://theexpatcast.podbean.com/e/family-of-six-takes-a-year-abroad-with-anne-thompsen/

Freiburg Anglican Churchhttps://freiburganglicanchurch.wordpress.com/

Carl-Schurz-Haus, the German-American center in Freiburg: http://www.carl-schurz-haus.de/en/home.html

List of German-American Cultural Institutions in Germany: https://de.usembassy.gov/our-relationship/german-american-cultural-institutions/

 

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Pregnancy in Germany with Ashley & Appleseed

Pregnancy in Germany with Ashley & Appleseed

September 6, 2018

Season 1, Episode 10. Ashley, from episode 3, Teaching English Abroad, is back on the show, this time with a special guest: her baby boy! Ashley is eight months pregnant when she sits down to tell The Expat Cast all about what it's like to be pregnant as an expat in Germany. We touch on everything, from the cultural differences to the procedural standards. We learn that midwives are totally normal in Germany, and it's required that mothers-to-be carry around their pregnancy medical records at all times in something called a Mutterpass. Host Nicole is in disbelief when she learns about the maternity and parental leave programs in Germany, especially the six weeks before the due date that mothers are required to take off. We also learn that it's fruitless to search for a baby shower card in Germany, where people might envision infants raining down on you in a tub, and we examine how apartment living can force anyone to be a minimalist, even in preparation for big things like starting a family.

 

RESOURCES

 

Achtung Baby: An American Mom on the German Art of Raising Self-Reliant Children by Sara Zaske, which Nicole mentions in the episode. https://sarazaske.com/upcoming-book-achtung-baby/

The Shit No One Tells You: A Guide to Surviving Your Baby's First Year by Don Dais, which Ashley mentions in the episode as the one pregnancy book she did read. This link is to the entire Shit No One Tells You series. https://www.dawndais.com/sht

Local.de's guide to parental leave in Germanyhttps://www.thelocal.de/20140113/german-parental-leave-our-guide

How To Germany's guide to having a baby in Germany. There are further pages on this site regarding maternity allowance, parental allowance, maternity leave, and job protection. https://www.howtogermany.com/pages/havingababy.html

Berlin for All the Family's guide to the Mutterpasshttp://www.berlinforallthefamily.com/pregnant/the-mutterpass-an-english-explanation-translation

Handbook Germany's site on pregnancyhttps://handbookgermany.de/en/live/pregnancy.html

The German Way's super detailed post on prenatal carehttps://www.german-way.com/for-expats/living-in-germany/health-care-in-germany/having-a-baby-in-germany-prenatal-care/

 

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