If you’re living abroad, you may think about giving birth in the United States. After all, doing so automatically guarantees U.S. citizenship for your child, which is a great advantage in itself. Whether you’re looking into birth tourism on a tourist visa or you just happen to be in the U.S. when your baby is due, you’ll have some additional factors to consider.
One of the most significant factors to consider is the cost of childbirth. You can get around this by having proof of funds or adequate insurance to cover the costs. However, there are many other factors to consider. Dr. Alan Patterson explains more about how he cares for pregnant patients from abroad and what you need to know.
Getting your prenatal care
Once you’ve determined that you’re going to give birth in the United States, the first essential step is to secure a doctor to provide prenatal care and arrange to deliver your baby. I welcome patients from all over the world into my practice and provide the best possible care for you and your baby.
Prenatal care is essential to ensuring the health of your baby. I can see you as early as possible after you arrive in this country. However, I also take patients up to 36 weeks of pregnancy. Our shared commitment is to help you safely deliver your baby.
How to manage costs
As you know, prenatal care and childbirth can be quite expensive in the United States. However, when you don’t use any of the employer-based insurance programs that native Americans use, you are eligible to negotiate a price directly with the doctor.
You will likely find that the prices I can offer for prenatal care and a safe hospital delivery are much more affordable than you may expect.
The benefits of a U.S. childbirth
Giving birth in the United States has many benefits for both you and your baby. The benefits to your baby of being born in America include the following:
- American citizenship and a Social Security number
- Visa-free entry to 169 different countries
- Grants while enrolling in major U.S. educational institutions
- Access to multiple credit resources after age 21
- Voluntary military service (with adequate pay and benefits)
But one thing you may overlook is that there are benefits for you, too. They include:
- Better medical services than what are available in many other countries
- You can escape possibly difficult circumstances in your homeland and experience more peace during your pregnancy, which is beneficial
- You live in an ecologically favorable and clean environment with strong infrastructure
- Excellent care during the childbirth process
Legal cautions for you
Although your child will get automatic citizenship upon their birth, it doesn’t automatically give you citizenship as well. You will likely come to the attention of immigration officers, who want to know that you intend to return to your home country.
However, many people find that having a previous visa application for U.S. citizenship in place is helpful if you intend to stay here.
You will want to at least prove that you have a safe place and enough money to provide for your needs in the period after birth.
There are many advantages to giving birth in the United States. If you are looking for a caring and qualified doctor, call Dr. Alan Patterson today. Contact him by phone or by requesting an appointment online.