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A man standing next to a woman holding a baby and thinking of Italy.

Giving birth Giving birth

Written by LIDA Norge

Illustrated by Sara Dorthea Johannesen

Read by Pip Hardy

Language English

Level Level 4

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A man standing next to a woman holding a baby and thinking of Italy.

Selamawit is 29 years old. She gave birth to her first child in Eritrea. She and her family had a hard time there, so they decided to go to Italy.

Selamawit is 29 years old. She gave birth to her first child in Eritrea. She and her family had a hard time there, so they decided to go to Italy.


A woman holding a baby in the air.

Inga left home just before she turned 19. She moved to Norway and had her first child there.

Inga left home just before she turned 19. She moved to Norway and had her first child there.


A woman standing and a young boy playing on the floor.

When Selamawit became pregnant with her second child, she wondered what it would be like to have a child in a different country.

When Selamawit became pregnant with her second child, she wondered what it would be like to have a child in a different country.


Two women thinking.

Selamawit and Inga come from different backgrounds. Selamawit felt safe because she had experience with giving birth. Inga talked to her mother about giving birth.

Selamawit and Inga come from different backgrounds. Selamawit felt safe because she had experience with giving birth. Inga talked to her mother about giving birth.


A man and woman driving.

Both women had heard that, in most European countries, pregnant women have the right to antenatal care. This means that they will get help during their pregnancies. Selamawit made an appointment with her doctor as soon as she realised she was pregnant. Selamawit’s husband drove her to the doctor.

Both women had heard that, in most European countries, pregnant women have the right to antenatal care. This means that they will get help during their pregnancies. Selamawit made an appointment with her doctor as soon as she realised she was pregnant. Selamawit’s husband drove her to the doctor.


A doctor talking to a woman about exercising and eating healthily.

The doctor did some tests and found out that Selamawit had a kind of diabetes that some pregnant women get. She had to eat healthy food and exercise. Selamawit was glad she went to the doctor early, before she and her baby became ill.

The doctor did some tests and found out that Selamawit had a kind of diabetes that some pregnant women get. She had to eat healthy food and exercise. Selamawit was glad she went to the doctor early, before she and her baby became ill.


Two women talking over a garden fence.

When Inga’s neighbour heard that she was trying to have a baby, the neighbour told her to see a doctor as soon as she was pregnant. That way she could make sure that she and her baby were healthy. The doctor told her to take folic acid, a vitamin that is important for pregnant women.

When Inga’s neighbour heard that she was trying to have a baby, the neighbour told her to see a doctor as soon as she was pregnant. That way she could make sure that she and her baby were healthy. The doctor told her to take folic acid, a vitamin that is important for pregnant women.


A smiling midwife.

Inga and her doctor agreed that she would meet a midwife for regular check-ups during her pregnancy. The midwife gave her advice on food and rest, and information on how to keep herself and her baby safe and well.

Inga and her doctor agreed that she would meet a midwife for regular check-ups during her pregnancy. The midwife gave her advice on food and rest, and information on how to keep herself and her baby safe and well.


A two-panel image of two families.

Both women gave birth to healthy babies. Selamawit had another son, while Inga had a daughter. Their husbands were very proud, and they told everyone they knew about their strong wives and healthy children.

Both women gave birth to healthy babies. Selamawit had another son, while Inga had a daughter. Their husbands were very proud, and they told everyone they knew about their strong wives and healthy children.


Written by: LIDA Norge
Illustrated by: Sara Dorthea Johannesen
Read by: Pip Hardy
Language: English
Level: Level 4
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