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January 2nd, 2014, 03:23 AM
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Maybe I missed your post, but I have been wondering how your German birthing experience went?!?!
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December 3, 2013 at 433 pm
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January 2nd, 2014, 04:05 AM
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Hi! I posted in the birth stories board (Emeric Scott's birth, 12/14) but I've realized that people don't really seem to read it as much.

I felt very well looked after. Emeric was born on Dec 14th, and the three of us stayed together the whole time. But it was a bit difficult and I ended up with a c-section after 3 days. I was a bit disappointed in the pain management (nothing but ibuprofen pills within a couple hours of surgery). And they made me drink liter after liter of fennel tea instead of water, but I wasn't surprised by that. It was also weird how the doctors and midwives seemed to argue so much. And I learned a bit of German.

Now we are trying to navigate the elterngelt and various amts-- there's some complication with our marriage license and we have to get it translated.

How fast have you been able to get passports?

Thank you so much for asking!
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January 2nd, 2014, 04:34 AM
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Oh geesh, I didn't even realize that part of our board existed, lol. I just read your guy's birth story. How crazy! I'm glad he is here safe and sound. I have had several friends have c/s here and all of them say there is no pain management and I know one friend who wasn't even offered ibuprofen after surgery! I know ladies who have planned cesarians actually go to the doctors on base to get prescribed narcotics and then they bring them with them to the hospital (and of course, let the hospital docs know they have them).

We actually just went to the Frankfurt consulate on New Years Eve to do all the US cititizenship stuff, including passport and SSN. They told us to expect 3 weeks for the passport and report of birth abroad. The social security office said 8-12 weeks after the passport arrives... not so great when taxes need to be done. If you need any help, let me know because I've done it 3 times now. It's mostly lots of paperwork, showing of documents, and money!

For German passports (I'm assuming your hubby is German??), it is really fast. Once you go to the rathaus and do the paperwork, it comes in 1- 1.5 weeks.

My husband usually sorts that out the elterngeld, but I do remember we had to have our marriage certificate translated because he were married in the states. But I'm pretty sure you will get back payments of elterngeld.
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January 2nd, 2014, 07:26 AM
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Haha yea the "pain management" here is a joke. I was lucky enough to get some kind of opiate in an IV from when the spinal block faded until maybe 45 minutes later? They said to let them know when it started to hurt again, which was about when the IV ran out. The doctor said I couldn't have anything else right then, so I asked for an ice pack. How American of me. They were baffled, but I got my ice pack. Then they took me up to the maternity ward and all I ever saw again were 400mg tablets of ibuprofen-- one for morning, afternoon and evening. If I wanted one at night I had to ask. I even had spinal headaches and still nothing. I don't blame people for bringing their own. Next time I'm smuggling in my own water!!!

I never even thought about needing his SS to do taxes. Oh what a nightmare. We might have to hire an accountant this year.

DH is American, too, but there are hardly any academic jobs in the U.S. right now because of the funding cuts. Everyone who graduated from his PhD program in recent memory has ended up in the EU or unemployed. We got married in Pennsylvania with a Quaker marriage license, which doesn't have anyone officiating the wedding (just two witnesses) and so the Standesamt doesn't believe it is a real marriage license-- usually in Berlin we've had no issues using untranslated documents but not this time!

I'm so glad we live in one of the cities with an embassy. I can't imagine trying to travel with him so early.
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