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

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.

Meet Kate from Simply Hypnobirth

Through Simply Hypnobirth, 'Brit-now-Belgian' Kate Ellwood empowers women to birth their baby with calm confidence. She shares her story of moving to Belgium with a 3-month old baby in 2006, and of finding her passion supporting expectant parents.

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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What happens to child benefits if you and your partner separate or divorce?

Despite wanting to keep everything as steady as possible for your children, sometimes big changes occur, whether you like it or not. And separation is one of the common changes that many family go through. In this blog we explain how new family setups after separation can affect your child benefits.

A Different Start

Abbi Vyncke, volunteer organiser of the BCT's NICU Parents support group, shares the story of her own daughter's miraculous journey from NICU baby to fun-loving toddler in the BCT's quarterly Small Talk magazine.