Rachel Vanstrien


Rachel Vanstrien Rachel is an American expat currently living in Wenzhou, China, with her husband and three children. She and her husband moved to China 2012 and have lived in Jiangxi Province and Zhejiang Province. Rachel enjoys teaching, singing, playing piano, drinking tea, reading and camping with her family. She is passionate about education. You can check out her website at www.outoftheboxpreschool.com!

Rylee’s Hospital Stay

After such a dramatic entrance into the world, the hospital room seemed so calm and serene for the next two hours. I was content to hold our new baby Rylee, answering the nurses’ questions about who we were and how

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Rylee’s Birth Story, Wenzhou No. 2 Hospital, Nanpu Campus

On the morning of April 12, I woke up around 6am. The first words to my husband that day were, “Jeremy, my stomach hurts!” I had been having light contractions for several days, and my due date had been the

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Rare Blood Type in China

For foreigners with uncommon blood types, China’s recent medical advances has good news! Hospitals in Jiangxi province felt very uncomfortable dealing with uncommon blood types back in 2012. When doctors learned I had B-negative blood, they strongly recommended I deliver

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Ash’s Birth Story, Wenzhou Bajia Oriental Hospital

February 29, 2013 was my last prenatal appointment with Dr. Chen of the Baijia Oriental Hospital. She had stopped scheduling me for regular appointments before my due date even hit. Every time I entered her office, she acted as though

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Rhogam in China…it’s Complicated

Until becoming pregnant in China, I regarded my rare blood type as merely a fun fact. My mom had mentioned it to me in passing that I might need a special kind of medicine should my husband have a positive

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