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Pregnancy

Already pregnant? Or hoping to be soon?
Find out what to expect when expecting in Belgium

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Giving birth

Wondering what kind of birth choices you have?
Where can you give birth? Who can support you? What to expect in hospital?

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Early parenthood

Finding your feet in the early days, weeks and months. Where to find support - getting back in shape - your baby's health - daycare options

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Admin and rights

An overview of the admin related to your new arrival, including registration, nationality and passports, leave and allowances

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Activities

Brussels is a fun place for kids, especially when you know where to look. Find out about English-language activities, toy libraries, playgrounds and indoor play centres, family-friendly hang-outs, birthday party venues

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Shopping

Hints, tips and addresses for buying maternity clothes and baby items

Includes information about second-hand shopping and rental

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Resources

Links to general parenting resources as well as information about guidelines and statistics on birth in Belgium.

Also features a handy 'How do I say ... in French/Dutch'?

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Welcome to the village!

Having a baby in Belgium

Belgium is a wonderful country to start, or expand, your family ... but sometimes it can be difficult to figure out what your choices and rights are, or where to turn for advice or support, especially if you don't speak much French or Dutch.

That's where the village comes in!

the village is here to help you navigate the system, so you can have the best pregnancy and birth experience possible while at the same time taking advantage of the various benefits you are entitled to.

We'll also point you in the direction of other English-language groups, associations, resources and support networks in Belgium because feeling well supported is especially important when you're far from home.

They say it takes a village to raise a child ... so why not let the village get you on the right track from the very beginning!

You might like to know that:

  • medical information on this site has been reviewed by locally practising medical professionals - however, the village does not offer medical advice, for that you need to ask your own care provider

  • the village is intended to complement antenatal classes. Read more about what antenatal classes can offer ...

  • the village is still a work in progress - if you spot any errors, have any suggestions, or want to share discoveries you have made, then please let us know!

    Other topics will also be added in the future, including: caesarean birth, infertility, miscarriage, stillbirth.

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remember ...

the village does not offer medical advice - for that you need to ask your care provider.

Information sessions

Interested in attending an information session about having a baby in Belgium, where you can meet other soon-to-be parents, ask questions, share information and discuss options?  Read more ...

Family support

Join the BCT

Interested in meeting other families in Belgium, through activities in English? The BCT has over 1200 members from over 70 countries! Read more ...