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    Bringing A Baby to the Island

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    I was recently accepted to Ross for an upcoming semester. I am really happy and excited about the opportunity to pursue my dream. But, since my initial application and acceptance, I have experienced a lot of other wonderful changes in my life, including marriage and in a few months our first child. I have done some research on the topic and I think, perhaps in the best interest of my child, I should defer beginning until my child is older and fully immunized.

    Does anyone have any experience with bringing a baby to the island? I recently read a post that advised against bringing children and I am wondering why? Should I be concerned?

    Thanks in advance for your feedback.

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    Don't bring your kid

    Honestly, if I were you, I would have my wife and kid stay back in the US if at all possible. Have her visit every now and then while someone takes care of the baby and try to possibly visit yourself, back home after one of the midterm exams.

    I had a few friends who were recently married, and recently had a young child. Their wives didn't stay on the island. They stayed back home and took care of the baby. It will take alot of understanding and a strong bond on both your part and your wife's part.

    Edit: Oh yes, and they got webcams and things like that to help make it easier on the time apart. I'm sure its an exciting time for you. Congratulations, on your marriage, the 1st kid and your acceptance. But I would start ASAP.

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    Defer

    I think if you want to bring the child then you should defer until it is immunized.

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    Bring your child

    MissionaryMD,
    Leaving your family at home can be stressful. If your spouse agrees to come along do so. Many people act like Dominica is a dirty bacteria infested island. Look if you take extra precautions you, your spouse, and child will be fine. Children survive in Dominica! If not, it would have been a desolate place. I can't imagine leaving my wife behind. She already has a job here, and I know she is going to like it here. I am glad I came here. It is a beautiful island. Don't listen to all the negative posts. Follow your dream. From your userID it seems you are religious, and Ross may be a step in the right direction for the path you are choosing. Just have faith, and take the proper precautions and you'll be fine.

    Juni711

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    If any way possible, I'd say bring your family. It's alot easier to study when you have your family there with you to keep you company and support you, rather than spend alot of time on phone calls, emails and basically just missing them on top of the stress you'll encounter. I see alot of wives here on the island with their babies and they seem to be doing just fine.

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    Thanks for your feedback...but I think I need a little clarification

    Hi. Thanks to everyone for taking time to consider my situation and earnestly reply. I find it a bit interesting that based on my original post everyone seems to be under the impression that I am male. In fact, I am female and about to deliver our first child. Equally interesting, my husband and I have discussed him staying in the US with our child but he is also considering accompanying me for the 16 month stay. Although we have not made a definite decision, right now, we are both more comfortable with deferring until the baby is older. In addition, there are other situational factors (not mentioned thus far) to consider.

    Once again, thanks again for your feedback and well-wishing. I look forward to, perhaps, meeting all of you when I arrive at Ross.

    Best wishes.

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    Babies

    When my wife and I arrived on the island a year ago we came with our two month old son. We were extremely apprehensive about bringing him here but over this period of time things have worked out well. In terms of immunizations you can get all you need in town at the local pediatrician's office who also lectures to 3rd and 4th semester class. The cost of the immunizations here is also far cheaper than in the states. Health care in general isn't as good here as in the states but there are some competent physicians around and I wouldn't let that keep you from bringing your family.

    Over the course of the year my wife became pregnant and we had a little girl just two months ago. My wife went home prior to the delivery and stayed until her 6 week check up.

    In short I wouldn't hesitate about bringing my family here. I would in fact strongly urge you not to leave them behind. This period of time in their lives is something that only happens once and my advice is, don't miss out on it. I went one semester without them while my wife was gone and it was the longest 4 months of my life. I was much more focused on my work while they were here and I find that life is just easier in general with them as opposed to without them.

    Anyway, if you have any questions feel free to PM me if you like.

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