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

A gentle welcome via cesarean – one mum’s Brussels birth story

Kasia Ortiz knew that her third child would need to be born via cesarean. In this article, she shares how finding the right medical team meant she could make her medically-needed cesarean as natural as possible.

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.

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

Meet Mic Mac Madam Anne!

When Anne Moermans was pregnant with her daughter, Amélie, she saw a job posting that piqued her interest – helping other parents-to-be prepare for the arrival of their baby in a conscious, sustainable, and affordable way. Discover Anne's story and get some tips on the 'must haves', 'nice to haves', and 'best to avoids' of the baby equipment world!

Man on a mission: Meet photographer David Sdika

Brussels-based family photographer David Sdika tells us how a chance encounter sparked his interest in photography, how he's still figuring out the best way to share his daughters' photographic legacy with them, and how he carves out some 'me' time between work and family life.

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 Trauma Recovery – Finding relief from perinatal trauma

A familiar face on the Brussels perinatal scene, Sophie Girard-Sequeira also helps parents heal from traumatic perinatal experiences through a highly effective 3-step Birth Trauma Recovery process. In this interview, Sophie tells us why she felt it so important to offer this new treatment, and explains how it works.

Big changes in your life? Or chances?

The only constant in life? Change, right! And big changes tend to bring some admin with them. But in which situations should you give your child benefits fund a heads up, in order to spare yourself some annoying red tape? Read on to find out! - IN COLLABORATION WITH INFINO