Giving Birth in Sweden: A Personal Story*

Monday, 3rd of December 2018, I woke up with severe pain in my abdomen and my lower back. ”This is it. Labor had begun,” I thought. But I wasn’t entirely correct. The contractions started but it took two weeks for my baby to arrive. What a journey it was. These are the highlights of my…

14 Hari untuk Selamanya (Cerita Melahirkan di Swedia)

Senin (3/12) dini hari, saya terbangun karena sakit di perut dan pinggang bagian bawah. ”Wah, mulai kontraksi,” batin saya. Berusaha (sok) tenang, saya mempraktekkan teknik pernafasan dari sesi yoga yang sempat saya ikuti. Nyeri berkurang, tapi kontraksi masih berlanjut. Saya cek jam, masih berjarak 20-30 menit. Masih lama. Tak lama kemudian suami saya bangun dan…

Having your baby in Sweden – The final checklist*

As the clock is ticking and you find yourself trying to embrace the anxiety of facing labour, you might need to know some practical things before The Big Day comes. Here are some tips to be as prepared as possible to welcome your baby. 1. Create a contacts list It’s always essential to know whom to…

“Lund dingin ya, Hay?”

Dua minggu terakhir ini, rumah mungil kami kedatangan tamu-tamu dari jauh. Rombongan tamu pertama, teman SMA saya yang sekarang bekerja di Texas, Amerika Serikat. Rombongan berikutnya, teman-teman kuliah S1 suami saya (yang kemudian jadi teman saya juga) dengan komposisi cukup unik: yang satu saat ini sedang bermukim di Jerman sedangkan yang satunya tinggal di Jakarta…

Budget Shopping for Newborn Essentials

Shopping for your new baby is an exciting and a fun part of being pregnant. Imagine yourself go to a baby shop and see all those cute Scandinavian designs, how can you resist the temptation? Wait until you realise that there are only three price categories in Sweden: 1) Expensive 2) Even more expensive, and…