Post # 1
I am British but I live in Monterrey, Mexico and I’m almost certain I’ll have the baby here. The only problem is I’ve been struggling to find English speaking medical staff, so If i did want to have my baby in an english speaking environment, am i allowed to go to Texas temporarily to have it there? As in 3 weeks before birth, coming back afterwards
– obviously we’d have to pay all the costs and it would be expensive
– after baby we’d leave and go back home
I just have a feeling that while stressed/in a lot of pain all my spanish is going to go out the window. BUT here, you can have a lovely private hospital room and everything you need for a few thousadn dollars. whereas im assuming in the US it’d be ten times that?
edit – in about 5 years we’re aiming to all go and live in egnland so this is not a….what do you call it? anchor baby situation
Post # 3
@newname_99: You’re allowed in that no one can stop you–legally I mean. I gues you’d just enter on a regular tourist visa and deliver here. Do you have medical insurance and does it cover international stuff? (I have insurance in the US and found out that they DO cover me in international locations, but there are a lot of hoops to jump through like an itemized bill translated into english and notarized, lots and lots of paperwork, etc.). I
f not, a hospital birth in the US could be insanely expensive (maybe 10,000 USD for a regular labor, lots more if there are any problems with you and baby) if you are paying cash. AND you have the added “fun” of needing to research hospitals before labor–there are lots of hospitals in the US that will put you in a worse, shared room if you don’t have insurance at all. Even if you say you are willing to pay cash (because they are so used to people defaulting on their medical bills).
Have you researched a Midwife/birthing center option in the US instead?
Personally, I would just plan to deliver in Monterrey. Surely they’ll have someone on staff whose English is good enough to translate to you? I grew up in Texas and had several friends from Monterrey and their English was perfect.
Post # 4
@newname_99: Have you thought about maybe hiring a translator? There are a lot of Americans who live in Monterrey, especially students or people who teach English. And obviously people who live there and speak English but I’m sure the challenge is knowing that you will go into labor with that person there for sure. Maybe you can hire someone to be on call for you. Have you inquired at all in the hospital you work in?
Texas can be very expensive. I’m not sure what the rules are there, but I know in CA we can’t turn anyone away for medical emergencies. But, I would look into what it means to have your child in a country you don’t live in. I don’t know exacty how it works but there are certain laws for people born in America and I have heard of random complications with some of those things. It might be best to have your baby where you live. Although I’m sure you’ve looked into that more than I have.
Post # 5
Technically, you can but it will cost you tons. I’d say no less than 10k for a normal vaginal delivery.
I think it would be much more feasible for you to hire a translater instead.
Post # 6
I found this article
Its certainly possible you could run into trouble, like them turning you away at the border because you are “too pregnant” legal or not (there seems to be stories about this onlone), but once here you can have the baby. Just be prepared to pay a whole lotta $$. I would call the hospital you think you want and ask what a birth would cost, without complications, if paying in cash. Also ask their policy on when it has to be paid.
Post # 7
They won’t kick you out of the country when you go into labor. Entering the country 3 weeks from giving birth might be the difficult part. But having a child with dual citizenship would be a good bonus if you can pull it off. 🙂
Will cost you a fortune, though. Like.. a fortune. Then you have to get birth certificate and all that for baby to leave with you. Can’t come in two and leave three without answering some questions, yanno?
Also… right across the border you won’t find a whole lot of English, either.
Post # 8
I ended up needing an emergency C-section, and it would have cost almost 30,000 if I didn’t have insurance. I’d look into some better options where you’re at – maybe a doula who can also act as a translator if it’s necessary? No hospital in the US can turn you away if yo show up in labor, but I can see you running into problems at the border,
Post # 9
OP, with the current atmosphere surrounding immigration being highly charged and highly divisive, I would not recommend crossing the border from Mexico to the US while heavily pregnant. No matter your nationality, skin color or accent, that’s just a risk I think most would not want to take so close to delivery. Hire a translator or find an English-speaking doctor in Mexico. You could also consider hiring an American midwife to travel to Mexico (at your expense, I’d assume) to assist with the delivery.
Post # 10
@newname_99: you can…
but you migh. Be refused at the border because you are sooll pregnant. I am surprised you are having a hard time finding medical help in english in monterrey. What doctor is taking care of you what hospital?
I have a great doctor in Mexico city if interested. It will cost you around 12 000 to 20 000 do you have insurance? mine will cover birth almost anywere in the world.
Post # 11
The costs will depend greatly on where you are. As with all medical procedures in America, the city/state you pick is a huge impact. For example, the cost of living where I am is very high and I think without insurance of any sort, the hospital I picked is estimated to be at $50k for an uncomplicated vaginal delivery. Given the figures other Bees are quoting you, you can tell there’s a huge difference already.
Post # 12
in in the preliminery stages of looking, it was my parents who suggested i investigate options on the border
i kind of wish they *didnt* automatically confer citizenship on babies born there, itd be a lot easier to come for medical facilities (and nothing else) and then leave again
i havent had much luck with english speaking doctors OR dentists so far (i need both). i mean my husband can always translate i suppose
we dont have medical insurance as my husband just left his job to start his own company (and have now just lost it without applying for a new one) but we have savings which will more than cover a baby
Post # 13
I think the PP who suggested a bilingual doula made a great suggestion. As far as whether you are “allowed” to have your baby in the US, the basic answer is, it’s impossible for any governing body to legislate a bodily process like birth and where it happens. You might get static crossing the border, but they can’t legally hold you just because you’re pregnant.
The financial concerns, though, are real – and, frankly, the US healthcare system has the worst rankings in the industrialized world on maternal and infant outcomes, according to recent reports by the UN and the WHO. Your concerns about having to give birth in a foreign language are legit, but I think you’ll end up with much better and more affordable care if you stay in Mexico and work with a bilingual support person. You might even look into the suggestion about hiring an American midwife (preferably bilingual) to come down and assist you. Bizarre as that seems, it still might be cheaper than paying out-of-pocket for a hospital birth in the US.
ETA: I know that Monterrey has a pretty good university. That might be a place to start making inquiries about bilingual birth support?
Post # 14
@newname_99: I understand what you mean. My dentist my husband is french and he loves my dentist because they have long conversations in english. I will ask around for Monterrey.
Who is your doctor now? Have you tried hospital Angeles?
Post # 15
@KCKnd2: i bilingual doula might work actually!! ill have a look to find some in laredo and feel them out about travelling here. Thanks! And ill start with the university and see what i can find. I think it will definitely be much cheaper this way
@bbfyso: actually i think i have got some information from them. Yesterday i went to expo maternidad y bebe and got a lot of information, and i really need my husband to help me go through it. I’m only abut 6 weeks pregnant but today i suddenly panicked and wanted to have all the information possible! thanks for your help =)
Post # 16
@newname_99: Another good resource you might want to check out is Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin. It’s a really helpful book about the whole childbirth process. Ina May is very pro-midwife, and so if you end up working with a midwife and doula rather than being in the hospital, you will have a good idea of what it will be like.
Even if you do ultimately choose to (or need to) be in a hospital, a doula is still a *fabulous* idea (see this blog post by Rebecca Dekker at EvidenceBasedBirth.com for some reasons why) to help you deal emotionally with everything and, if necessary, assist you with communication.