Lederhosen onesies are available.
Peeps, this isn't a third world country. This is Austria. Have you seen how they care for their land? Meticulous rows of perfect crops, perfectly stacked firewood and flowers bustling from the windowsills. Have you seen their freeways - cars neatly lined up driving happily amongst each other? Have you seen how they serve coffee? The only thing that causes concern is "Have you heard how they speak?". The language barrier can be tricky, but thankfully I've found a doctor whose English satisfies.
Now, the part about not having family or mama or mama-in-law around is a bit scary, but it looks like we might be back in the States for the actual birth anyways, so come on over mamas.
As for the medical care, so far everything's been wonderful. In fact, possibly better than if I was in the States. I get an ultrasound every time I go...3-D too if I want that. In America, I believe you get two the entire pregnancy and if you want 3-D, you pay lots extra. My doctor said some doctors like to spend their money on a ferrari, he spends his on the latest and greatest ultrasound machine. He also told us his office was the first in the world to have a 3D ultrasound machine back in 1998. He is proud and I like that. He cares about his craft.
I also get a little yellow preggie passport called a Mutter Kind Pass (Mother Child Passport) that documents my preggie stats. Lovin' it.
I've also recently taken part in a European study on the CMV (Cytomegalovirus) virus during pregnancy that my doctor is participating in. Turns out I've never had it and don't have antibodies to it, so I best not contract it while pregnant. I somehow got in the crap group (the control group) that won't be tested for it during the pregnancy...only at the end. The chances of getting it are rare, but I won't be loving up on any kids for awhile (as they are the main sources of it). Anyways, this virus is currently not tested for, but is more common than any other (common being .5% or so?) and this study will see if it's worth testing for and if medication can help if caught early. I sat in with 15 other pregnant girls (all around 9 - 12 weeks pregnant) and listened to the details of this study in German for about 15 minutes and understood about 10% of what my doctor said. I went for it anyways. This is trust, people.
So, that's how it's been so far. So far, so good. If we do end up staying in Austria through the birth, I will have to do some research. Like how do you say epidural in German?