Archive for October, 2009

My Obstetrician’s Rx: Liverwurst
October 8, 2009

THE FORWARD-October 06, 2009

A Mother-to-Be Ponders Giving Birth Abroad

By Deborah Kolben


When I moved to Berlin last year, I settled into a Bohemian-chic neighborhood in what was formerly East Berlin. Despite Germany’s declining birth rate — the once decaying buildings here, where coal ovens and shared bathrooms have been replaced with stainless steel kitchens and cupboards filled with organic muesli — are packed with babies. It’s considered a German miracle. Coffee shops are more like nurseries. My block was home to three preschools, including one in my building. They say to be careful — there’s something in the water. And then, it happened to me.