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

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

With the hope of inspiring other expectant parents, mum Emma shares the story of the homebirth of her second child, where she was supported by midwife team Zwanger in Brussel.

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

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!

The scientist with a paintbrush – meet Jaroslav

Slovak dad Jaroslav Albert tells us how he's swapping his lab coat for a set of paintbrushes to bring works of art to children's walls and ceilings.

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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Birth or adoption allowance and child benefit: just one click away!

Belgium is often known for its bureaucracy, but actually, some things are really simple: like ensuring that you receive the family allowance payments you are entitled to – Written in collaboration with Infino

Planning your first family trip

Travel advisor and owner of Life's Travel Moments, Marina Kiriazis shares top tips for planning a successful family trip in the summer edition of the BCT's Small Talk magazine.