Giving birth in Indonesia

Many expats are reluctant to give birth in Indonesia due to the unfamiliarity and mistrust of the medical system. Another common concern is simply being stuck in traffic during labour. Expats may also have inadequate medical insurance coverage or prefer to be in the comforts of their home country with family nearby. I had two children under the age of three when I was expecting my third child, so it was logistically easier for us to stay in Jakarta for the birth. Here are some things you may like to consider if you are expecting during your time in Indonesia.

RETURNING TO YOUR HOME COUNTRY FOR THE BIRTH

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Living greener in Indonesia

Sometimes I think that the only way I can live as an environmentally-conscious member of society is to hide away under a rock and reject the advances of modern civilisation. Of course, this isn’t realistic but the issue seems so large that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by it all. When I first moved into my condo in Jakarta, I was told that our building doesn’t recycle. Apparently, all of the rubbish from our condo will eventually be sorted and magically make its way into a recycling centre somewhere. As an expat it’s difficult to find answers, so I accepted this explanation and carried on with my life of non-recycling. Eventually it ate me up and so I started to make incremental changes to our household.

Trying to live greener in Jakarta takes time and effort. It involves more planning and foresight. However, with the right resources, it is possible. Here are some tips on how to live as a greener family in Indonesia. Continue reading

Connections

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Stay connected with The Expat Housewife of Jakarta

Shopping 

Ethically hand made quilts, scarves and textiles from Indonesia House of Diamonds

Sponsor a child from an Indonesian trash picking community to go to school; as well as turning non-recyclable trash into useable goods such as shopping bags. XSProject

Counseling

International Wellbeing Centre

Recommended websites

Valuable resource for expats with discussions of common issues faced with expat families such as emotional abuse, loneliness and email addiction disorder. Expatriate Connection

Food for your soul…The Tuna Chronicles

Family fun activities in Jakarta…We love Jakarta

Current news and information for expats living in Indonesia Indonesia Expat

Recommended Podcasts

Long Distance Call by Eliza Harvey

Two Fat Expats by Kristy Rice and Nikki Moffitt