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    Me and my husband would like to start here at AUA very soon but we have a baby coming on the way. By the time we enroll, our baby should be about 4 months old and I was wondering if AUA has any day care facilities or anything of that sort that could assist me and my husband while we study.

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    Quote Originally Posted by californiamd View Post
    Me and my husband would like to start here at AUA very soon but we have a baby coming on the way. By the time we enroll, our baby should be about 4 months old and I was wondering if AUA has any day care facilities or anything of that sort that could assist me and my husband while we study.

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    Yeah right.. sorry to be so sarcastic..but AUA doesn't have anything remotely CLOSE to daycare..or really anything else. If you're coming down with kids, be prepared to pay someone to watch them..and be prepared to have the customs officers pull you aside and give you a stern talking to..They will say that NO ONE should watch your kids other than you. They have a few cases of child abductions every year on the island. The kids go elsewhere (mostly the states they think) and are never seen again. We had a married couple last semester with kids (both were in class also). They left partway through the semester, but were using a student's wife (who wasn't taking any classes) to babysit during the day. I also have a good friend down here with his wife and (now) 18 month old. They both had a long talk from customs which was a real eye-opener for them. She doesn't go to school, so she watches the baby while he's in class. My advice..don't bring them..It's not worth the risk. Also note, that the medical care is very poor when it comes to peds. There is no NICU (and i think they might have a single bed PICU now), so if something happens to the baby, better hope he/she can survive a few hours on a helicopter to get someplace that has adequate medical treatment. And that will be after they get another island to accept the baby..after hours of phone calls.

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    Like Cyberia mentioned, DO NOT bring your baby to that god awful island.
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    How much would it cost to hire a nanny on the island? I just need one while we are in class.

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    Quote Originally Posted by californiamd View Post
    How much would it cost to hire a nanny on the island? I just need one while we are in class.
    Figure on being in class about 6 hours per day..and that's not counting TA sessions, review sessions, etc. (Maybe 10 bucks/hour for 3 kids) Plus travel time back and forth to the house. I think my friend's wife made about 300 bucks a week or so..can't remember exactly. A nice supplement to their income to be sure..but like i said..that couple with the kids dropped out in the middle of the semester. My advice..decide on one of you coming down for a career..and the rest stay in the states. When the kids get a little older..then have the other try for a career in medicine..or try another island/school that has " US standard" medical care.

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    In addition to what Cyberia has said so far...also please consider that the loan amounts have gone down while tuition has gone up. This has left many students practically with no money to live on after housing/utilities/transportation/nannies/childcare. Unless you have a solid separate source of income for the duration of your stay on the island, I would strongly urge you to reconsider AUA as an option at this time. If Cyberia and I are talking about the same family, then I must reiterate to you that they DID leave because of monetary issues as they could no longer afford to support the whole family strictly on loans alone (and that was before recent loan changes). And before you ask, no, you cannot legally work while on the island. I hope that my 2c may be helpful to you...

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    I don't know what your situation is, but I'd take a shot at SGU/Ross/AUC since they have decent loans. UMHS also seems to have their act together in the loan department thanks to the connections of Dr R, but they are a newer school. I'm an AUA student as well, and like Vokamis, I would also counsel against AUA given the way they way the school is currently raising tuition and cutting loan amounts. It is not a student friendly environment.

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    i know this is a little off topic with this thread but it seems like a common theme amongst students being dissatisfied. have you guys talked to the SGA in maybe having NS come to the island and answer some questions? he's come many times before a few semesters ago about a 5th semester issue and a semester when i was in 4th with the loan crisis.

    although students fired questions at him, he seemed to give pretty honest answers about where everything was going at the time and did give some reassurance that the loan problems at AUA would get better (which they did).

    if i were the SGA, i'd get him down and see if he'll answer some questions about why the tuition increased, why the loan ammount has decreased, comment on the clinical situation (not there yet but already hearing horror stories) and anything else. he's a pretty nice guy, approachable and i got the impression he does care about the students. give it a try, you never know what could happen.

    on that note to the OP, although Antigua is a much more modern island, AUA doesn't have much set up for families. Ross on the other hand, much more of a primitive island, has a lot set up for families with day care and schools available for the children of students. maybe something like this could be organized and i'd talk to some of the admission reps and new student coordinator about this but i haven't heard much about it. i haven't been on the island for almost a year now though so i really have no idea what's going on. good luck
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    I'm not sure NS can effect change like he could before since the school has changed ownership. So I'm sure he'd fly down to Antigua as a gesture to students but aside from that, I wouldn't hold my breath for any real changes. Hell most of us were excited when Manipal bought out AUA thinking we'd get more loan options, tuition deferrals, bigger loan amounts etc. but the opposite occured.

    To get back on track, I hope the OP doesn't make the mistake of coming to AUA with a family. The island really is not a good environment to bring a child to and the healthcare facilities are abysmal. Don't be selfish and risk your kids health just to come to AUA--go somewhere else or seek another path temporarily.
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