THE MAGAZINE

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

The first village baby – Eamon’s birth

Siobhán McGonigle, founder of the village, has three boys, all born in Belgium. This is the story of Eamon, her first son, born in September 2007.

Breastfeeding – tongue tie and exclusive pumping

"I had plans to breastfeed our daughter for as long as possible, as I did for her brother. After a great pregnancy, little Fey...

When you look around, you start to see that more and more parents are 'doing their own thing', starting businesses that stem from their passions and align with their values.

We find it so inspiring to read how mums and dads are turning their ideas to reality, what it's like to run their own business here in Belgium, and what parenting brings to their work and vice versa.

Do you have a story to tell? Drop us a line at hello@thevillage.be

The Brussels Cakery’s Queen B(aker)

Baltimore-born, Brussels-based Jen Delgado tells us about the origins of The Brussels Cakery and about what life can be like running your own business.

Ready, steady, patchwork – Esmeralda from PatchByEsme

Seamstress extraordinaire Esmeralda Daal tells us how she turned her patchwork hobby into a side business, and why she loves it so much!

We share all kinds of articles in the village blog – from contributions from our partners, to recipes and general life at village HQ, to reviews of parenting-related products and services, and general musings.

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Child benefits in Brussels – your questions answered!

New to Belgium, and your family will be living in Brussels? Or maybe you're moving from elsewhere in Belgium? Then here are the basics of what you need to know about child benefits in Brussels. – GUEST POST IN COLLABORATION WITH INFINO

Do you have a first aid kit at home? Life First blog

First aid instructor Kate Ellwood gives some advice on the 'must-haves', 'nice-to-haves', and 'why nots' to keep in your family first aid kit.