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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Vaccinations

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This time last year, I went through my most difficult experience here in Jk. I was 8 months pregnant and incredibly sick. I had been sick for 2 months and things weren’t looking good. It started off as a bad fever and after taking several antibiotics (tests showed it was some kind of dengue virus) my fever remained consistently high. Every 4-5 hours, my body trembled uncontrollably from a chill caused by my fever. My hemoglobin blood count consistently dropped, I lost tremendous weight (all of my pregnancy weight and more) and was extremely weak.

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