Stories of pregnancy, birth, and raising a family in a foreign country
Home is family and family is home.
This book is not only for expectant parents as it is a delightful tour of the world through the eyes of people living in countries other than their native land. Without knowing the language, culture, or customs, having a baby abroad isn't as easy as you might expect.
Knocked Up Abroad is an anthology of 24 stories about the trials and joys experienced by 21 mothers and two dads who raised their families abroad. These life stories span several continents to highlight the infinite ways in which babies are welcomed into the world. Each story is as unique as the child being born.
Their experiences range from the spa-like treatments for postpartum women in Japan to insatiable pregnancy cravings in the Seychelles to non-functioning toilets in West Africa.
Clara Wiggins on The Expat Partner Survival Guide wrote:
Knocked Up Abroad floats and jabs, amuses and disturbs, informs and questions. At the heart of it is a true and lovely heart. Ultimately as scary as it may seem to leave one's home country, one never really leaves home at all. Home is a place you carry with you...
No, home is a place first lived in a womb then carried in arms then held by hands. Home is family and family is home. I loved this book from the bottom of my heart.
Keri on Our Globetrotters wrote:
I enjoyed every chapter in Knocked Up Abroad, and I also enjoyed the fact that they were all written in their own style, the style of the author of that particular section. It made every chapter very personal, a personal story not just of giving birth or bringing up a child, but of doing it in their own way in a culture that wasn't their own.
To all the Mums and Dads out there experiencing overseas birthing, you are not alone and the most important message I gained from reading this collection was, don't doubt yourself. Use your intuition, if in doubt say no, and make the choices that feel right to you.
This is a must-have book in any expat parent's collection.