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Interviews with Local Mums

Interviews with Mums in Andalucia

Here you can find some indepth interviews with mums living in Andalucia. They have shared their experiences of childbirth, schooling and Andalusian living in Malaga, Cadiz, Marbella, Seville and the small farming village of Cacin amongst others.

  • Tenette Ludlow - Vejer

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    "I avoid doctors unless absolutely necessary, and so far weve been fortunate not to need anything beyond vaccinations." (TL, Aug 2009)

    Click here to read the full interview with Tenette

  • Sarah Gemba - Seville

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    "There are certainly lots of children and families in Seville, but there is little in terms of activities for children. Good parks are hard to come by and ones they do build new are hard to get to! (The city recently built a fantastic park with a huge Pirate boat and lots of other fun items, and its right along the river, but you must go down these terrible stairs to get there, almost impossible with a carriage!)" (SG, Jan 2012)

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  • Sophie Hoffmann - Jimena

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    "We have lots of local friends. Everyone meets on the village square on Friday afternoons, parents in the cafes, kids all playing together. We live on a street with lots of children and they all play every afternoon, in and out of ‘abuelita’s house for treats." (SH, Nov 2010)

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  • Melissa Chapman - Palomares, Almeria

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    "I had both my girls at the Hospital Inmaculada in Huercal Overa, Almeria and although I can’t compare it to having a baby in a UK Hospital I can only say that I thought the treatment was fantastic and the hospital was incredible. My mum was like a Japanese tourist inside taking loads of photos – she couldn’t believe the level of cleanliness throughout. All the rooms were for 2 women sharing with an en-suite bathroom. My partner was also allowed to stay with me throughout the night...." (MC, Nov 2011)

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  • Tag Montagu - Antequera

    "The children found school difficult and after 3 years we made the decision to transfer them to an international school where they are now top of the class.  My children actually missed talking English and despite understanding and talking Spanish they felt that they switched off in class a lot through boredom. So we now have the added bonus of a house inland and one down on the coast - bliss. There is a difference in the hours of the local and international schools in that the international schools are longer. I find wearing uniforms a huge plus and the choice of subjects is immense. I have also been impressed with the after school activities."  (Dec, 2011)

    Click here to read the full interview with Tag

  • Lisa Sadleir - Mijas

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    "Moving to another country with children can be difficult, particularly if you do not speak the language. Before you move, do plenty of research and do not believe everything you hear on the grapevine. I have helped families with very young children and people with teenagers who have moved to this area and are very happy. However, I have met families that rushed over and have lived to regret it." (LS, Nov 2011)

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  • Karen Southall - Coin, Málaga

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    "They say Spain isn’t just sunshine and siestas. But inherently the weather and the relaxed way of life are the two things I enjoy. It’s not about getting a tan, it’s about the outdoor life and the relaxed attitude and way of life here. It’s also about finding like-minded people who thrive off a similar lifestyle." (KS, Sept 2011)

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  • Blythe Bassart - Cadiz

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    "My sister recommended Hypnobirthing to me. She had a natural birth with her first baby and it went very well, so I was eager to take her advice. I read the book and loved the idea, so I thought Id try it. Id say it definitely helped me to remain calm during birthing. It taught me a lot about what to expect and what was happening with my body." (BB, July 2009)

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  • Patricia Galasso - Vejer de La Frontera

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    "If you are having a baby, I would suggest you write a birthing plan. I noticed a big difference in how I was treated as opposed to those who didnt have one." (PG, Sept 2011)

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  • Lindsay Gregory - Benalmadena Pueblo

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    "I have friends back in the UK who cant justify spending most of their salary on childcare just to go to work, and I find it very worrying that there is a whole generation of skilled and qualified professional women who are facing such huge financial barriers to be able to carry on their work after having children.  I think its great that many mums prefer to stay at home with the children, but for those who wish to work, Spain makes is much easier to do so."  (Sept, 2011)

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  • Laura Campbell - Sedella, Málaga

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    "The locals have been hugely welcoming. When my family had the tapas bar we had a large Spanish clientele my brother and I both had our weddings in the village with the help of the townhall and the locals to arrange them. When my daughter was born people were so kind with gifts and the older women were popping in with yogurts and fruit to "keep my strength up", there is one or two I have had words with (normally to do with animal cruelty) but all in all we have been treated wonderfully. I have found though that the foreigners who mix with the locals (shops, bars, fiestas, church, school, work, ect) are the foreigners who stay. They are accepted and seen as willing to adapt , those who tend to refuse to try and speak Spanish and live lifeapart from the Spaniards in the village become bored or lonely and tend to move." (LC, Sept 2011)

    Click here to read Lauras full story about life as a Mum in an Andalucian village

  • Emma Tremlett - Marbella

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    "I dont really feel that I’m part of an international community, I’m more part of a large Spanish (Marbellan) family. The main disadvantage of not being Spanish is that my network of friends is somewhat limited and it’s been harder to meet parents who have kids the same age." (ET, July 2009)

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  • Vanessa Brooks - Málaga

    "We are all different, our culture and upbringing mould the decision we make in life. In the West, birth has generally bad press, everyone has a horror story to tell. We need to be reminded that to be pregnant is an ultimately healthy state. Your body has welcomed the enormous job of growing another being. This is not an illness but a ‘blooming." (VB, Sept 2009)

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  • Julie Newton - Cordoba

    "I think the main advantage for me is that I can see my kids growing up bilingually which is an absolute delight. The climate is great too (except for July and August which are in the high 40s here, but we escape to the UK then) so you can get outside with them. I also think their classmates are less image / brand / electronic gadget conscious than their peers in the UK, which I like. We are a bit of an oddity here as there arent many foreign families and I quite enjoy that - its given me a chance to give something back to the kids school, for example, as I teach my sons class English on a voluntary basis. English is such a prized subject here for parents that its a nice way to be able to do that." (JN, Nov 2009)

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  • Saira Derfield - Tarifa, Cadiz

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    "My first was born at the home of a midwife in Marbella - the only ¨home birth¨ option available to me at the time and was a very special experience, although I do wish i´d had more (or some) after care and support. My second was born in the car on the way to our closest hospital!! A two hour labour without any complications - apart from the chaos that ensued upon our arrival at the hospital. I cant say i´m happy with the way birth is treated here but things are slowly changing and I was lucky enough to have healthy strong babies - very quickly! " (SD, Sept 2011)

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  • Alexandra Berdouni - Calahonda

    "Education and child care is very good, they are at the local school during the term time and then they go to summer school throughout the summer. There are alot of activities for the children to do during the weekend as well." (AB, June 2011)

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  • Claire Waldron - Cacin

    "A lovely lady who didnt know was asking if I was ok and massaging my back as shed seen Jmaie come in with me and then have to go and park the car. This was a bit worrying as they wanted to get me up to the labour ward and Jamie wasnt back from parking the car!!! It is a big hospital and was very busy, but Jamie was brought up by a really nice porter, phew! Considering that Granada Hospital is quite modern none of the staff knew what a TENS machine was!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They thought I was quite bonkers with my funny contraption." (CW, Aug 2011)

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  • Fiona Flores Watson - Seville

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    "Many Sevillanos are closed to the outside world, and are very insular. But there are also those who love to meet foreigners. Its a city of huge contrasts." (FFW, Jan 2011)

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  • Liz Palmer - Málaga

    "Spain is a wonderful place to bring up kids! If you want them to have a childhood more like your own a generation back, where they play outside all day, go to the beach after school, and are safe and have a whole village watching over them, where they get to stay kids for longer, then come to Spain!" (LP, Jan 2011)

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  • Jill Burgess - Málaga

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    "You do have the ability to be able to help others or offer advice and help. My children speak dual languages and are finding other languages easier to learn. You can be made to feel a foreigner at times, but you just have to take it in your stride. Just keep making the effort." (JB, Jan 2011)

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