Admin and rights
Already pregnant? Or hoping to be soon?
Find out what to expect when expecting in Belgium
Wondering what kind of birth choices you have?
Where can you give birth? Who can support you? What to expect in hospital?
Finding your feet in the early days, weeks and months. Where to find support - getting back in shape - your baby's health - daycare options
An overview of the admin related to your new arrival, including registration, nationality and passports, leave and allowances
Brussels is a fun place for kids, especially when you know where to look. Find out about English-language activities, toy libraries, playgrounds and indoor play centres, family-friendly hang-outs, birthday party venues
Hints, tips and addresses for buying maternity clothes and baby items
Includes information about second-hand shopping and rental
Links to general parenting resources as well as information about guidelines and statistics on birth in Belgium.
Also features a handy 'How do I say ... in French/Dutch'?
Admin and rights
Welcome to the village!
Belgium is a wonderful country to start, or expand, your family ... but sometimes it can be difficult to figure out what your choices and rights are, or where to turn for advice or support, especially if you don't speak much French or Dutch.
That's where the village comes in!
the village is here to help you navigate the system, so you can have the best pregnancy and birth experience possible while at the same time taking advantage of the various benefits you are entitled to.
We'll also point you in the direction of other English-language groups, associations, resources and support networks in Belgium because feeling well supported is especially important when you're far from home.
They say it takes a village to raise a child ... so why not let the village get you on the right track from the very beginning!
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