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the village

Your go-to-guide to pregnancy, birth
and early parenting in Belgium

"Belgium is a great place to raise a family ..."

... but sometimes it can be difficult to figure out what your options 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!

We're here to help you navigate the system – and point you in the direction of other English-language groups, associations, resources and support networks – so you can have the best pregnancy, birth and parenting experience possible.

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Read Belgian birth stories

Curious about birth in Belgium? Maybe you're expecting your first baby, or maybe you just love to read other parents' stories.

Whatever brings you here, we hope you enjoy these personal stories shared by mums and dads. You'll find everything from homebirths to hospital births, premature births to post-term, as well as inductions, cesareans, and even a birth on a business trip abroad!

Want to share your own story? We'd love to hear it. Write us at hello@thevillage.be

Home for the holidays – Marcus’ December homebirth

As soon as Brussels-based American mum Emily Gold found out she was pregnant for the first time, she knew she wanted to give birth at home. Emily shares the story of Marcus' birth.

“The most beautiful thing I ever did” – a homebirth story

Second-time mum Emma loved to read birth stories when preparing for the births of her children. With the hope of helping other expectant parents, she shares the story of the homebirth of her second child, where she was supported by midwife team Zwanger in Brussel.

A doula’s dream birth – Thainy & Kaël’s big day

Brazilian doula and mum-of-two, Thainy Macêdo, always knew she wanted to have her second child at home, and had a dream team of her husband, mum, doula and Zwanger in Brussel midwives, ready to support her. Here she shares the story of her son Kaël's beautiful birth, in words and pictures. Enjoy!!

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In the magazine

Why doesn't love a good story? We sure do!

In our magazine, as well as real-life Belgian birth stories, you can meet some of our inspiring 'parent-preneurs', read guest articles from some of our parent-partners, and discover the odd blog post and review from village HQ.

Here's the latest article, and you can find more by clicking on the link below:

Little Humane Books subscription – our review

To give our family reading efforts a boost, we tried out Little Humane Books, a monthly book subscription run by Belgium-based Canadian mum Christina Laloire-Reinards that aims to foster a love of reading and sow seeds of compassion. Here's what we thought.

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