About

Jeremy & Jacquelyn lived in China from 2004-2011. They have lived in the cities of Dongguan, Beijing and Qingdao. In March of 2006 their first daughter was born at the famous Peking Union Medical College Hospital. Throughout the pregnancy they found little information available to foreigners on having a baby in China.

In 2009 they became pregnant with their second child and, though by this time they were living in the city of Qingdao, they decided to head back to Beijing for the birth. This time the delivery was at American-Sino Ob/Gyn Hospital. It was during this pregnancy that they still saw the need for information concerning having a baby in China. That is when www.havingababyinchina.com was created.

Their 3rd child was born in 2011 and Jeremy & Jacquelyn had the great experience of delivering the baby in Qingdao at Qingdao Women and Infant’s Hospital.

Jeremy & Jacquelyn experienced a wonderful home-birth of their 4th child while they were back in the States in 2014.

Each experience has been completely different. And each experience has brought a wealth of knowledge that Jeremy & Jacquelyn hope to share with everyone through havingababyinchina.com.

Jeremy & Jacquelyn currently reside in Tianjin where they are continually updating the website and looking for more information that could be useful for foreigners living in China. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact them at jeremy@havingababyinchina.com.

41 comments on “About
  1. Peter says:

    Hello my friends. My name is Peter and from Uganda. Am trying to get affordable IVF treatment in china preferably in Qingdao

  2. Jenny Jin says:

    Hi, our company has been listed on your website. Now we need to publish information of our new events. Could you please contact with me? Thank you.

  3. Joachim says:

    Hello,

    You have a great website! It is really easy to navigate and in just a couple of minutes one gets a feeling of being a lot more oriented about pregnancy and surrounding aspects!

    We are about to publish an app in China that reads out ovulation and pregnancy tests and automatically enters expected date of delivery and ovulation dates in you calendar.

    Aside from that we would like to integrate more useful information and tools for pregnant women and couples.

    Maybe you have some good ideas or even have an interest in working together with us.

    All the best and I am looking forward to hearing from you!

    Best regards

    Joachim

  4. Olatz says:

    Hello Jeremy & Jacquelyn,

    I am very glad that I have found your website in internet!!! You have good and very helpful information!

    I was wondering if you have any Expat Maternity Hospital information from Nanjing.
    My husband and I might go to Nanging for work and we are thinking to have a baby. Any information, experience would be very helpful.

    Thank you very much,

    Olatz

  5. Joyce says:

    Dear Jeremy & Jacquelyn,

    My name is Joyce and I work for ExpatFinder.com.
    ExpatFinder.com is a free one stop website for people preparing to move or working and living overseas. We provide a myriad of services for expatriates and we have over 2,000 articles to help and support the people moving around the world and we are now creating an interview section to help the expats with real life experiences!
    We quite enjoy your blog about living in China, it is very interesting and informative. Would it be possible to interview you to further share some of your tips and feature some of your first hand experience as an Expatand your interview will be published on our Expat Interview section as a guide for our expat readers. The questions are mainly about the day to day lifestyle of an expat. If it would be possible, could you also send some photographs that we can use?
    Of course, if you accept, we can add a link to your blog or some of your website.
    The questions are enclosed, feel free to respond freely. You can return the doc with your answers if you accept this invitation.
    Thanks in advance and do let me know if you prefer other means to conduct this interview and we would be happy to accommodate your terms.

    Best regards,
    Joyce

  6. Lisa Newsham says:

    My wife Lisa has helped a number of people over the years here in Chengdu to have natural deliveries. We recently have started providing the service as part of our business. Lisa and I have raised five children, four of which are now adults. I know you don’t necessarily advertise on your web but I was wondering if you knew how I might be able to get the word out to people who could use Lisa’s help here in Chengdu.

    One of the biggest obstacles to a normal delivery is fear of the unknown. Lisa has been involved with the medical system here in Chengdu ever since SARS broke out. The US consulate needed help at that time and asked Lisa to help because of her many years of experience. As a result of this, she ended up working as a consulate nurse for several years giving her exposure to most of the hospitals in Chengdu and many in China. This experience is what she brings to the table when she provides childbirth training and doula services.

    We have a number of very happy families that can vouch for the quality of her services and invite you to check us out

    Sincerely,

    David Newsham

    • Liora says:

      David and Lisa

      I am a natural birth advocate (had two home water births in Beijing). I also am the owner/moderator of Beijing Mamas yahoo group. I keep a list of “Birth Options” for the past few years. Slowly as the info has trickled in, this has expanded to becoming a document about all birth options in China. Occasionally someone contacts me from mothering.com “Finding your Tribe” (Asia forum) about home birth etc. in other Chinese cities. I’d love to include your info in the list. It goes out automatically to all new members of the Beijing Mamas Yahoo group (now just under 1,000 members). Also, I recommend joining the Chengdu Family Living Yahoo group. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/chengdufamilyliving/

      email me! lioracc{at}yahoo dot com

  7. Sandra Grant says:

    Hello Everyone,

    What a wonderful service this website is, Jacquelyn and Jeremy! I will share it with others.

    I am a Canadian registered nurse with an international maternal and child public health and midwifery background. My young family and I have recently moved from Canada to Xiamen, and my goal is to contribute to the health of perinatal women in China. I offer perinatal support to English speaking women here in Xiamen, do health teaching at maternity hospitals in China and also am a graduate student in medical anthropology with a focus on the health of women in the perinatal period. I am trying to build up a network of colleagues who are working to promote natural childbirth, breastfeeding, etc. here in China. Please be in touch if you can put me in touch with someone doing this type of work, or if you know of anyone in my area who is seeking support through their pregnancy, birth and postpartum.

    Best wishes to everyone endeavoring to have the healthiest, most empowering birth possible in China!

    Sandra Grant

    • Liora says:

      Sandra, welcome! David and Lisa

      I the owner/moderator of Beijing Mamas yahoo group, and a natural and home birth fan, and doula in training. I keep a list of “Birth Options” for the past few years. Slowly as the info has trickled in, this has expanded to becoming a document about all birth options in China. Occasionally someone contacts me from mothering.com “Finding your Tribe” (Asia forum) about home birth etc. in other Chinese cities. I’d love to include your info in the list. It goes out automatically to all new members of the Beijing Mamas Yahoo group and by email to those who contact me – I have written posts on several public forums about my home births in China.

      email me! lioracc{at}yahoo dot com or call anytime! 010 5130 3931 or 139 1030 6022

    • Cassandra says:

      Hi Sandra,

      My husband and I are planning to move to Xiamen in March 2012 and I will be approximately 4 & 1/2 months pregnant. We are obviously going to need some assistance finding an English speaking practitioner to assist us during our stay and the name of a top “English” hospital to go to in the case that we decide to stay and have the baby in Xiamen. Would you be able to help us in finding those contacts? We are also from Canada, Montreal to be exact. You can reach me at cassbazos@gmail.com.

      Thanks,

      Cassandra.

  8. Mariah says:

    I just want to show my appreciation for this great website! I am living in Xi’an and can’t travel back home to the states because my Chinese husband can’t get a tourist visa. So, here we are faced with birthing at the #4 military hospital (Xijing), and not sure of what to expect. I desperately want ro have a home birth, but seeing the impossibility of that, traveling to QD to Fuying might be another option. Thanks for all the helpful information, and if we birth in Xi’an, I’ll be sure to share it with you!

  9. Carolyn says:

    I’d love it if you’d add a page on what to bring to China (Kunming) if you are expecting and plan to have the baby in China. Recommendations on go-to reference books to have, items to bring from US for baby, or for mom, etc.

    Thanks for a great site.

  10. Alessia says:

    Hi Jeremy and Jacquelyn!
    I’m 9wk pregnant and looking for a place. I’ve been to American Sino last week for the 1st ultrasound. I like the place, but still doubtfull. Many friends told me about Amcare. Furthermore, I read that at Amcare they give your baby the first vaccines for free. I will go there and have a look but in the meanwhile I would like to ask you about your experience at American Sino. They told me they don’t do post-natal care so… what should I do? Should I bring my baby to another hsopital straight after the birth? Will the hospital help us with the registration of the newborn? I would like to use the direct billing since my insurance can pay for it but I’ve just found out that if you pay by insurance, the price is much higher… so actually I should pay part of the total cost by myself. I can’t understand why, exspecially because they told me differently on the phone. Was your experience good? Any advise? Thanks for your help!!

    • Maryna says:

      Hi, Alessia. Could you please write me on email life_is_good90@mail.ru about which hospital you have chosen for given baby in China. I am looking now for a good one , i am living in Dongguan. I hope to find some place where the doctor could speak English/
      Thanks
      Maryna

  11. Maricell says:

    Dear Jeremy & Jacquelyn,

    I hope you guys can help me with my problem, I’m looking for a place to give to my almost 6 months baby the immunizations shots here in Beijing.
    I need to pay from my pocket because my insurance doesn’t cover it and at the United Family the prices are just extremely high I visited around 4 Chinese
    hospitals and they all refuse to give to my baby the shots because his foreigner so if I just can do it in a private hospital could you guys give me and idea
    about were can I go and some references about the prices.

    Hoping to hear about you guys soon
    Thanks a lot

    Maricell

    • Jeremy says:

      We had our first baby at Peking Union Medical Hospital. We chose there because we didn’t have insurance to pay for the nicer ones. However, we thought it was a pretty decent place to have a baby considering our limited funds.

      We also did all of our baby’s immunizations there. They have a “foreign” section that is more expensive than the normal service, but it’s still relatively cheap and definitely cheaper than nicer hospitals in BJ.

  12. Yulia says:

    tq for reply jeremy :).nice to know u

  13. Yulia says:

    hai jeremy n jacquelyn,i want to ask you,which doctor handled your delivery at Qingdao Women and Infant’s Hospital?vaginal birth or c.section?in total how much u spend until u left the hospital?
    i stay in rizhao 2,5 hour to qingdao,i plan to deliver in this hospital.tq

    • Jeremy says:

      Yulia,

      We primarily saw Dr. Zhang Shu Fen (There are more than 1 Dr. “Zhang”, so you have to specify with the full name.) and Dr. Wang Jing Yi. The birth was natural and we really feel they support natural birth.

      We did the Plan B (套餐B). I can’t remember the exact cost, though.

      Jeremy

  14. Rachael Louis says:

    Hi,

    I and my husband just moved to Shanghai on work. I we are planning to have a baby soon. I am just looking out for information on the ‘citizenship of the child born in China’. Will the baby have a chinese citizenship or the citizenship of my country.

  15. Christina says:

    Hi, great to see your site and helpful tips. I’m pregnant with my second and well, not sure if we’ll have the baby in China or not. If we do, we’ll probably leaning towards a foreign hospital (but we’re 2 hours outside of Beijing!). Do you think we should start everything out in Beijing or can the initial tests be done at a local hospital and then those records shared with the other place. Thanks!

    • Jeremy says:

      You can definitely start out at a local hospital and they will view the test results and medical history and take it under consideration. 2 things to consider, though:

      1. Local hospitals are quite different than the foreign hospitals in Beijing in terms of culture and language.
      2. The foreign hospitals in Beijing would probably want to redo many of the tests just to have their own results.

      But both of those are not bad things, necessarily. We had a great experience better understanding the Chinese system when our first was born in a Chinese hospital. It wasn’t always easy, but it was a great learning experience. Doing the tests again is not a bad thing, either, since the local hospital’s prices are probably quite cheap.

  16. Liora says:

    sorry, I left a loose end!

    sooooo, If someone wants the scanned document of the procedure of how to get a Birth Certificate for an Out Of Hospital birth (for Beijing), then Private message me and include your email address, and I can send it.

    Liora

  17. Liora says:

    I have information about procedures for getting a Chinese birth certificate for babies born out at home or out of the hospital (Beijing only but I imagine a similar system exists for each city)

    After all, there has to be some system for taxi births, etc.!

    There is ONE office in all of Beijing. Baby, mother and whoever cut the cord must appear, and any witnesses are helpful (track down that taxi driver, etc), for signed and sworn documents. Helpful to have photos of you pregnant, bloodwork or other medical “proof”.

    Then you get your Chinese birth certificate.

    Before this plan was in place, hospitals could decide to provide one (or not, their discretion). For one of my children they provided a B.C. for me even though he was not born at home- but only because I still had the placenta intact (did not deliver in my home birth) and so they had proof I had given birth.

  18. Jane says:

    Didn’t you have information about obtaining a birth certificate for the baby born in China? I can’t find it now.

    • Jeremy says:

      We used to have it on there, but we found that regulations change often from country to country. We were hoping for links from embassy with instructions, but we had a difficult time finding them, other than just a couple of countries. We have experience with the US procedures, let me know if you are from there and can help you.

  19. lioralourie says:

    What a great site, J&J. I wish I had thought of it!

    I have had one hospital birth in Shanghai and two home births in Beijing. I am involved in La Leche League as a volunteer and run some informal community birth discussion groups.

    Michel Odent is here now, finishing up his lectures and interviews. We see him off to the airport to visit Shanghai tomorrow. His listing is at City Weekend for his talk there.
    http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/events/86880/

  20. lioralourie says:

    Peachy, you are in month 6, what are you so worried about?

    week 37 you might want to have a Group B Strep test.

    The Glucose tolerance tests…well, there’s controversy big time over those.
    see Henci Goer’s article about this
    http://www.gentlebirth.org/archives/gdhgoer.html

    And non Stress testing is begun if postdates at week 41 by many practitioners.

    relax! Your body knows just what to do.

    Are you eating well, getting exercise (walking, swimming?) and making sure your emotional terrain is positive? May I suggest some wonderful books?

    Birthing From Within
    Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
    Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering

    Happy gestating.

  21. Peachy raine says:

    Hi, guys! Thanks for this site. I try to browse all but since I live in a small city I can’t find enough info about it. Actually I’d like to ask if you have any idea that not all the necessary tests will be given. Like in my case, I asked for it and if I did not ask the doctor, then they will not give me anything. All ultrasound only. I’m on my 6th month and I don’t have the record, who is the doctor and what to do next. It really made me depressed at times. I can’t go back to our country coz I’m under contract until June with my husband who is also working with me-same school.My due is this June and still crazy about what’s next. Hope you can give me some insights. Please…
    More power!

    • Jeremy says:

      Peachy,

      Thanks for the comment. For clarification, you are thinking that the hospital isn’t giving you enough tests, right?

      Can you please tell us what city you are in? Maybe we can find some information for you.

      Also, do you have someone that can advocate and translate for you?

      Please feel free to respond here or send an email to us at jeremy @ havingababyinchina.com (remove the spaces) and we’d be happy to help you more.

  22. Tara says:

    Hi guys, so glad a friend referred me to this site…there’s such a big need for something like this for expats in this country! I delivered my son at Clifford Hospital in Guangzhou, and had a really good experience. http://www.clifford-hospital.org/ I said I’d definitely do it again, and since we’re expecting our third child next spring, it looks like I will!

    • Jeremy says:

      Thanks, Tara, for the comment. Is there some way that we can contact you to get more information about Clifford? Please send me an email jeremy @ havingababyinchina.com (remove the spaces)

  23. Nicole says:

    Hello, I need to take a pregnancy test here in China, but I know very little Chinese. You have the word for pregnancy test listed – can you tell me anything about how to read the results of a Chinese pregnancy test, or which brand is good to get? (One with English instructions would be great.) Thanks.

    • Jacquelyn says:

      Nicole, you can go to any pharmacy and they will have pregnancy tests. Depending on how big the pharmacy is will depend on how many variety of pregnancy tests they will have. They price will range from something like RMB2 to RMB20. They are all the same and will give you the same results, you just have to decided how much money you want to spend. (I have tried them all) The cheapest is good (will be accurate) it just can be a little messy using. All it has in it is a tiny test strip. You will have to pee in a separate cup, dip the strip in to the line shown (the thicker end), hold for 10 sec, remove and wait about 5 min. The more expensive ones might have plastic around test strip. You can take a look at the different kinds they have a choose, some you might notice have English on them. If they don’t, don’t worry you can still figure it out (some have pictures). Good luck, hope everything goes well for you.

  24. Libby Best says:

    Hello Jeremy & Jacquelyn, I am wondering if your site could help me in any way to pursue a dream of mine and to offer something very special for a special family. I am mother of 3 young children: 7 and 5 (twins) and also a mature age student at Griffith University in Brisbane, Queensland studying for a B. Photography (with 10 years wedding and portrait experience) and I am looking for a willing mother to be a subject for a university assignment. I am travelling to Beijing in Sept this year with my university. During this time, i would like to photograph the magical and memorable moments of a birth in china. In return I am offering all images in high resolution and a slideshow with music for FREE. I recently photographed a birth in May this year for which was a beautiful and emotional experience. Now, i am looking into comparing and contrasting birth in Australia and China = that is if i get very lucky.

    I myself had my twins photographed at birth – a beautiful record and I am hoping that I can capture this beautiful for someone else.

    If your website can me in any way that would be fabulous the more exposure the better.

    ps this website is a great idea and will be a wonderful support for those in need.

    Warm regards,

    Libby Best

  25. jeremy says:

    Thanks for the comment, Magnus. Please let us know some things you think would be beneficial to add to the site.

    Our focus is pretty narrow. We want those who are having a baby or already have a baby in China to be able to quickly find relevant information related to hospitals, culture, pregnancy-related vocab or similar things.

    We would love for you and your wife to contribute to our forums or by giving a hospital review from where you had your child. Feel free to contact us via this comment page, jeremy @ havingababy.com (remove the spaces), our on our forums.

    Thanks,
    Jeremy @ Having a Baby in China

  26. Magnus says:

    This is a great site! Not much here so far… but great idea! We had a baby in China back in 2007. My wife is a local though. Quite an experience! We wrote about it on our site…

    http://www.mandmx.com/2007/07/08/51/

    if you are interested!

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We were interviewed by a reporter at radio86.com. The reporter featured HBIC in a two-part series.
Part 1 talks about our personal experiences in having babies in China. (2011.4.19)

Part 2 focuses on "Curious Traditions". (2011.6.01)

2009.8 - Check out this article which featured our family and our website! Qingdao Expat Magazine