The American Baby Thread!
August 16, 2018 at 5:12 pm #50057
So I decided to create a thread for mommies like me, thinking of having their babies in America. I had my girls there in 2011, and documented my experience in this article; My Yankee Baby – 13 Things You Need To Know About Giving Birth in America.
Anyways, here I am, 7 years later…and pregnant again . But this time, I just didn’t have the strength to start shopping around for hospital prices abeg. So I decided to check out some of these birth service agencies, and apart from a few rude ones I encountered (*cue side eye), I found that a lot of them have some interesting prices again.
So, since there is joy in sharing, I will be uploading some of the prices in the thread. I’ll keep the agencies anonymous though (nobody is paying me for free advertising ), but if anyone wants their details, I’ll share via private message or email…or something.
Note that the accommodation prices listed are shared ooooo! Me personally, I don’t do shared. So I have opted for AirBnB instead. If you want your own private accommodation and want to at least see where you will be laying your head, I’ll advise you go for them. Prices are reasonable, you can get the type of accommodation you want and where you want it. But if you don’t mind sharing, by all means, take advantage of the excellent packages these guys are offering.
I’ll be sharing from the top 3 ones I spoke with. Here goes…
cc: Tommy (@tommies), Yimika (@yimika), Seun (@oluwaseun), Ayotunde (@ayobad), Oye (@oye1), Falil ( @falil ), Amina ( @ucheo ), Nnenna ( @nina ), Jaykay ( @jaykay ), Dawn ( @dawnm ), Koyabride ( @koyabride ), Chevvy ( @chevvy3 ), Bos ( @bosa ), Linda ( @ldike)
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thank you! Nicole (@nicole) . was going to go with an agent before, only to hear it is shared apartment. hubby didnt agree. just tired now, lolAugust 17, 2018 at 9:49 am #50089
Hi @nicole i am really excited about this thread to share ideas because i have already started doing my research on birthing in America, i have close family in Maryland and Newyork but the prices i have gotten thus far in these 2 states are
I am also doing my research on birthing in Texas as the prices there seem reasonable. i have shortlisted a few affordable clinics for anyone interested. The challenge is i don’t have close family Houston to help out.
@nicole which state did you have you previous babies and which state are you looking to go to now.August 17, 2018 at 1:05 pm #50096August 17, 2018 at 1:08 pm #50097
Ameera ( @beautifulameera ) hun, yes New York and Maryland prices are a bit steep.
As for where to go, my dear, I’m still torn oh. All my heart wants to go to LA. Hospital is cheaper! Air fare is cheaper! But the only catch is I have only 1 family friend in the town whom I’m not super close to. But that isn’t an issue for me oh. After all, I’m getting my own place. But it seems to be a big issue for everyone else around me . They all want me to go to Atlanta, which is way more expensive. Yes, I have a village of people I know in Atlanta, but so what?! I’m still thinking about it jooor. I might still end up going to LA
So I guess you can tell that having people in a location isn’t a deal breaker for me. Are you travelling with anyone? If you are, going to Houston or LA might not be a bad ideaAugust 17, 2018 at 3:01 pm #50098
Nicole (@nicole) dear, looking at Houston. when do u advise one buys ticket, I mean how many weeks. Have got options for accommodation, at the same time i am thinking of getting somewhere cos staying that long in someone’s house….i don’t know if i am so comfy with the idea lolAugust 17, 2018 at 6:29 pm #50099August 17, 2018 at 6:31 pm #50100
Ayotunde (@ayobad) dear, if you’re not close to whomever the Houston option is, my dear, take it from me, you might be better off getting your own place. I stayed with my supposed ‘close friend’ back in 2011 when I had the girls. My dear, never EVER again !
But it’s not always bad, especially if you’re sure your host won’t go all on you. My friend had a great experience with who she stayed with. You just need to be extra sure.August 20, 2018 at 2:48 pm #50157
Adetola ( @adetola ) dear, so sorry for the late reply. It’s been another rough few days for me
Awww, Augusta. Nice memories . I heard about Doctors Hospital and that it’s nice, but I didn’t use them, so I can’t say for sure. But from what I hear, it’s a good hospital. As per how soon to travel, how soon CAN you travel? How much time do you get off work? I don’t advise anything after 32 weeks. I travelled at 26 weeks the first time, but will have to travel later this time…like 30-32 weeks.
As for going with your mother…ABSOLUTELY! Your husband might be hands on and helpful, but you will appreciate your mother’s presence there more. Trust me. If your hubby can also come later, awesome, but if you have the opportunity to go with your Mom…please TAKE IT!
I used my visiting visa the first time and intend to do the same this time. And so did almost all my close friends. I have a friend who e-mailed the embassy near the time (a ‘Change of Intention’ or something like that), so that she could show them at POE that she had notified the embassy. I just might do the same this time as well. Haven’t decided yet. But yeah, you can use your B1/B2 visa. I’ll keep you posted on if I’ll be sending the embassy that email. How far gone are you?August 20, 2018 at 2:50 pm #50158August 20, 2018 at 3:06 pm #50160
So, here’s the quote from a 3rd agent. She surprisingly chose to go with an average instead of a state-by-state
Funnily enough, this is very likely the agent I intend to use, as I get the most professional vibe from her. Anyways, I’ll also share the more detailed breakdown she sent me. Only thing is its only for a C-section option, in only the locations I’m interested in. Biko manage am.
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