U.S. Citizen giving birth in India

#1 Jul 29th, 2016, 16:44
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Hey, y'all! I'm Christine and although I'm brand new to IndiaMike, I've been a friendly-forum-watcher for a couple or so years now, hehe

A little background: I am a US Citizen married to a local Indian citizen near Dharamsala, India. I have a 10 year visa that allows me to stay in the country for about 6 months at a time... So I do quite a bit of traveling. Currently, I am in the U.S. for about 3 months before back as I am pregnant. I am 13 weeks along.

I have looked at past threads but only see a few dated back a few years and was hoping new information could be provided now in 2016, hehe

I want to give birth in India as my husband is there and getting his passport and visa will most likely take longer than my pregnancy. Before my departure, I did get a chance to visit a couple public hospitals (I'm NEVER doing that again!) and I met with one private doctor near Tanda Hospital. Everyone seems to be a bit worried about the maternal care as compared to US care?

Does anyone have experience in this?

Bottom line: I am looking for a hospital to deliver in which I will be comfortable and know that the care I and my baby recieve are competent and knowledgable and without distractions. I would prefer a good doctor/hospital in the Dharamsala area.... But at the moment, I'm open to traveling to other areas in India.




As for my child's US citizenship..... If anyone knows.... I would just need to head to the U.S. Embassy in Delhi to register my child and apply for passport, right? Has anyone done this before or know of anyone?

I hope to gain some knowledge from this post Thank y'all for reading <3
#2 Jul 29th, 2016, 17:10
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Until somebody with first hand relevant experience of Dharamshala comes along...

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I did get a chance to visit a couple public hospitals (I'm NEVER doing that again!)
yes, avoid them like the plague.

I recommend going to a reputed private doctor in a bigger city. He/she will be attached to a corporate hospital with very good facilities, which is why, although somebody else (husband?) will almost certainly be needed even in the most reputed hospitals to run around and stay on top of things. Because even the most reputed places are usually mercenary (especially when they see a foreigner) and/or negligent. Your Indian husband should know all this.

(To those who will say but.. but babies are born everywhere so...., I will agree and add yes, but where would you like your baby to be born?)
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#3 Jul 29th, 2016, 17:12
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Hi christine., and welcome to IndiaMike

Many congrats!

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Everyone seems to be a bit worried about the maternal care as compared to US care?
First of all, you'll know that there are millions of babies born every year in India with no complications. You need good medical facilities and the best docs for peace of mind, when something is complicated or for eventualities.

This is your first baby, presumably. The best Indian pre-natal and post-natal care can't be compared to that of the best USA facilities, unless you are willing to pay through your nose for the best hospitals and medical teams. I dunno about Dharamshala, but the Max Hospital in Saket, New Delhi, comes highly recommended and I know people who have been happy with it for extremely difficult maternity cases. In Bombay, the Breach Candy Hospital is where my friends would go.

You're absolutely right. After you have the birth certificate, head on over to the US Embassy or a Consulate and apply for your child's passport. It's pretty straightforward.

Good luck!

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