(English) Elterngeld: The Basics

Elterngeld is a bit of a minefield. There are lots of rules (it wouldn’t be Germany if there weren’t) and even when you think you might be on top of things, a letter from the Elterngeldstelle scuppers your plans for a relaxed post-birth year at home with your baby.

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You know you’re a British Mum in Germany when….

Stereotypes, they are everywhere and they’re even more exaggerated when you move to a different country. Here are some anecdotal, sweeping generalisations, based on my own experience as a British Mum in Berlin (meant as tongue-in-cheek).

  1. You’re worried about the lack of gas and air offered as pain relief during birth at the hospital

Watching ‘One Born Every...

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