THE MAGAZINE

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.

Parent-preneurs

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

Finding balance with Jessica from Toolbox for Mars

Mexican-born Jessica Verdi tells us about Toolbox for Mars, the company she established with her two sisters, which helps people live healthier, happier and more sustainable lives..

Reading for a more humane world – meet Christina

Christina Laloire-Reinards, founder of Little Humane Books tells us how her book subscription service went from dream to reality, and what it's like to run a business you're so personally engaged with.

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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.

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

Having a good strategy for your first aid kit can make the biggest difference when it comes to acting fast in an emergency. In this cross-post from the 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.