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…

Knowing Your Rights as a Mommy to be in Sweden*

Sweden is one of the most family-friendly countries in the world. Here are some of the reasons why: Free or Subsidised Prenatal Care As a resident of Sweden, you’re entitled to prenatal care through midwife-led antenatal care centre (barnmorskemottagningar or BMM) before a baby is born. In Skåne, you can choose which BMM you want…

5 Pregnancy Essentials in Sweden*

As you are no doubt aware, pregnancy is one of the moments when you have a mixed feeling. You’re happy, of course, but most of the time, you’re anxious. Especially if you’re pregnant while away from home. Therefore, knowing these pregnancy essentials in Sweden might be a little helpful. 1. Important Contacts Being pregnant in…

What to Expect when You’re Expecting … In Sweden*

I had just recovered from severe flu when I realised I missed my period. I was a bit surprised but kept my expectations low as this wasn’t the first time I missed it. Days passed by and the monthly visitor still didn’t come. I started to wonder: “Am I really pregnant?” My skeptical husband asked me…