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Tips | Having a Baby in China

5 Tips For Giving Birth Abroad

Ruth’s 5 Tips for Giving Birth Abroad: Tip #1: Know Your options Tip #2: Keep open dialogue with your partner Tip #3: Appreciate your host culture Tip #4: Use the Internet wisely Tip #5: Build your community Watch the video

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Where Can You Get the Right Mattress in China?

Expats living in China may be in for a rude awakening — or not much sleep at all — upon realizing that in China, beds tend to be hard. In China, many people prefer to sleep on hard beds. But

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Shopping for Clothes in China

Ruth goes on a mission to find some new clothes in China. It’s not as easy as she thought it would be. (Youtube video)

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Importance of Exercise

Ruth is outside getting some exercise with some friends. Exercise is excellent for the mind and body. If you’re pregnant, be sure to check with your doctor to see which exercises you should do. (Youtube video)

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Getting the RhoGam Shot in China

Getting a RhoGam shot in China is no easy task. Even back in 2006, when we had our first baby, the doctor looked at me blankly when I asked about getting the RhoGam shot. With the typical blood types in

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How to Deal with Strangers Touching Your Baby in China

Most parents, whether they live in China or not, know the frustrations of having to deal with strangers wanting to touch their newborn. Living in China means facing these experiences, on a far greater scale, and in ways that will

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Teaching Kids to Embrace Cultural Diversity

As a couple who have become parents in an exclusively foreign environment, this has been a wonderful chance for us to introduce our child to racial and cultural diversity. We are blessed to be able to raise our son abroad,

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Battery Sizes in China

…and how to ask for Vodka, too The other day I went to the hardware store to get some batteries. I knew some of the battery names, but one that I didn’t know was how to say “9-volt battery”. So,

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What to Do if You’re Bitten by a Dog in China

So, in my last post I told the story about how I was surrounded by an angry pack of dogs and ultimately bitten twice by a German Shepherd. If you haven’t read about that experience yet, be sure to click

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The Time I Saved my Wife and Unborn Child’s Lives

…Or why I’m (irrationally) afraid of dogs Today, as I was bringing the trash outside, I had a moment where I audibly gasped as fear rippled through my body. I’m not exactly a fearful person, but the sight of an

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How to Find the Right Gynecologist When You Are in China

The woman’s body is a very fragile and a complex system. A woman needs to spend a lot of time for our regular checks and consultations to keep a check on our system and remain healthy. Choosing gynecologist can be

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Five Things You Should Know About Living in China

I still remember the time I realized that moving to China might actually be a possibility. I was excited, scared, and really had no idea what to expect. Being considered a “third world country”, I didn’t know how to prepare.

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Moving to China? Here is All You Need to Know

If you are moving to China for work, the first step you should take is research. Do away with old-fashion images of workers in paddy fields. China is especially diverse. In addition to the English-speaking Chinese population, you can expect

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Pregnant in China: Some Helpful Tips

For expats living in China, being pregnant can bring up a whole range of anxieties and issues that they might not even fret about in their home countries. Such anxieties come with living in a country with strong traditions, unfamiliarity

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Cost of Raising a Child in China

The Chinese economy has  been flourishing at a rapid  rate. However along with the steady economic progress, the cost of living in China has also been growing over the years. The higher cost of living in China is such a

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