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Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 6 by gurlnext2u: 11:27am On Nov 07
Madriel:
Hello all.

Does anyone have info about going to deliver at a birthing center as against a hospital?
Please assist. Thanks!
I think it’s better you use a hospital.

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Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 6 by dere5: 1:03pm On Nov 07
Madriel:
Hello all.
Does anyone have info about going to deliver at a birthing center as against a hospital?
Please assist. Thanks!

Birth center delivery is frowned at by Visa officers. The only condition I would advice the use of a birth center is if you got the visa for that purpose, in other words, you told the visa officer that you plant to use a birth center and they went ahead and still gave you the visa
Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 6 by iykmon: 2:33pm On Nov 07
Miracletwinee:
Good evening house. Thank God for what he's doing out here pray that God will favour all those who are still on this missionary journey despite all the odds. For us boot is hanged. Please for those who have booked accommodation on Airbnb before , how did you make payments because it seems as if they accept only credit cards and PayPal. Has any one ever made a booking from Nigeria? Please help a sister its urgent

Yes I have paid using PayPal. You have to open PayPal account and link your card to it.
Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 6 by youngette: 3:33pm On Nov 07
Hello house and thank you for all the detailed accounts given, its taken days to go through all the threads but the time spent doing so was worth it!

On to my peculiar situation: Currently a FTM planning to birth in the US and still have a valid B1/B2 visa that was issued while I was working outside Nigeria. I am back in Nigeria now by the way.
LO is due early may but visa expires end of may. Can any one advise on the best option for visa application, if to apply with DH (his first time, I have been to the US before) and if to buy a return ticket beyond visa validity?

So please pardon me and my many questions
1.To have LO, do I...:
a. Apply for dropbox - same B1/B2 - and declare medical tourism reason at POE? (risking this Trump immigration change atmosphere influencing a possible denial)
b. Apply for B2 and pray all goes well at interview
c. Go to US on current visa and declare at POE that it's for birthing reasons - not sure if they will stamp me in beyond the visa validity - then apply for an extension while still in the US
d. Please advise!

2. When would be a good time to apply since I still have more than 6 months left on the current visa? The next interview date is in March and I am not sure if it will be dropbox or interview so trying to play safe.

3. Do I mention that DH will be accompanying me or not? He actually will not come until much later.

4. Is it possible to apply for a visa renewal from within the US?

Any first hand experience with this type of situation would be a huge help.

Thank you my fellow nairalanders!
Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 6 by nwadikechi: 3:49pm On Nov 07
Hello Every one, av been here for 2 days now and find it very interesting as i want to birth in US next year.

Please i need to ask a question that i have been worried about and i will love to get suggestions.

1. in filling my form, for contact person in the US should i use my Doctors Contact or the Contact of the Person i will be staying with? i and my Husband are not related to the person i will be staying with, though she is a very close friend of his Dad.

2. If i use her as my contact person, what relationship should i put?. Though he calls her Aunty and she is really not, should i still say that she is my Husband Aunty or My Aunty.

3. i actually have an uncle( Mothers Brother ) in the US as well. But he Told me to use his wife and not him since she is employed and her is not. should i use my Uncles Wife and put Relationship as Uncles Wife or as Just Aunty?..

Please i really need help will be submitting it tomorrow. Thanks.
Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 6 by Sparkle1515: 3:57pm On Nov 07
Use your doctors contact preferably
nwadikechi:
Hello Every one, av been here for 2 days now and find it very interesting as i want to birth in US next year.

Please i need to ask a question that i have been worried about and i will love to get suggestions.

1. in filling my form, for contact person in the US should i use my Doctors Contact or the Contact of the Person i will be staying with? i and my Husband are not related to the person i will be staying with, though she is a very close friend of his Dad.

2. If i use her as my contact person, what relationship should i put?. Though he calls her Aunty and she is really not, should i still say that she is my Husband Aunty or My Aunty.

3. i actually have an uncle( Mothers Brother ) in the US as well. But he Told me to use his wife and not him since she is employed and her is not. should i use my Uncles Wife and put Relationship as Uncles Wife or as Just Aunty?..

Please i really need help will be submitting it tomorrow. Thanks.

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Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 6 by nana101: 4:27pm On Nov 07
Hi, I'll answer just one question. If your visa is still valid when you will travel you don't have to renew. You will be stamped in for 6 months.

youngette:
Hello house and thank you for all the detailed accounts given, its taken days to go through all the threads but the time spent doing so was worth it!

On to my peculiar situation: Currently a FTM planning to birth in the US and still have a valid B1/B2 visa that was issued while I was working outside Nigeria. I am back in Nigeria now by the way.
LO is due early may but visa expires end of may. Can any one advise on the best option for visa application, if to apply with DH (his first time, I have been to the US before) and if to buy a return ticket beyond visa validity?

So please pardon me and my many questions
1.To have LO, do I...:
a. Apply for dropbox - same B1/B2 - and declare medical tourism reason at POE? (risking this Trump immigration change atmosphere influencing a possible denial)
b. Apply for B2 and pray all goes well at interview
c. Go to US on current visa and declare at POE that it's for birthing reasons - not sure if they will stamp me in beyond the visa validity - then apply for an extension while still in the US
d. Please advise!

2. When would be a good time to apply since I still have more than 6 months left on the current visa? The next interview date is in March and I am not sure if it will be dropbox or interview so trying to play safe.

3. Do I mention that DH will be accompanying me or not? He actually will not come until much later.

4. Is it possible to apply for a visa renewal from within the US?

Any first hand experience with this type of situation would be a huge help.

Thank you my fellow nairalanders!
Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 6 by Vlesparza: 4:32pm On Nov 07
Madriel:
Hello all.

Does anyone have info about going to deliver at a birthing center as against a hospital?
Please assist. Thanks!

This is a bit tricky since some clinics use the name birth center or maternity center as a description of the service they provide, such as the case of Obstetric Physicians/Clinics. What is important is that the place you contact provides the services with doctors and the baby is delivered at a hospital/medical center. The clinic/doctor's office, where the prenatal consultations take place is different from the hospital/medical center, where the delivery will be. You need a doctor (clinic) and you need to know what hospitals/medical centers the doctor (obgyn) is listed or 'has privileges".
Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 6 by Akorkor(f): 5:40pm On Nov 07
youngette:
Hello house and thank you for all the detailed accounts given, its taken days to go through all the threads but the time spent doing so was worth it!

On to my peculiar situation: Currently a FTM planning to birth in the US and still have a valid B1/B2 visa that was issued while I was working outside Nigeria. I am back in Nigeria now by the way.
LO is due early may but visa expires end of may. Can any one advise on the best option for visa application, if to apply with DH (his first time, I have been to the US before) and if to buy a return ticket beyond visa validity?

So please pardon me and my many questions
1.To have LO, do I...:
a. Apply for dropbox - same B1/B2 - and declare medical tourism reason

Thank you my fellow nairalanders!

Someone has answered you already but let me iterate more.

No need to renew your visa if you are going before expiry date because even if you have only one day left and you are in US , you would be stamped in for six month.

My advise for you is just to write letter of change of intent to embassy if the VISA in your hand is not stated for childbirth.

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Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 6 by Akorkor(f): 5:42pm On Nov 07
Miracletwinee:
Good evening house. Thank God for what he's doing out here pray that God will favour all those who are still on this missionary journey despite all the odds. For us boot is hanged. Please for those who have booked accommodation on Airbnb before , how did you make payments because it seems as if they accept only credit cards and PayPal. Has any one ever made a booking from Nigeria? Please help a sister its urgent

Last time I went on vacation, I used my Nigeria GTB debit Naira card to make payment on Airbnb.
Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 6 by Chanbaby: 6:23pm On Nov 07
nwadikechi:
Hello Every one, av been here for 2 days now and find it very interesting as i want to birth in US next year.

Please i need to ask a question that i have been worried about and i will love to get suggestions.

1. in filling my form, for contact person in the US should i use my Doctors Contact or the Contact of the Person i will be staying with? i and my Husband are not related to the person i will be staying with, though she is a very close friend of his Dad.

2. If i use her as my contact person, what relationship should i put?. Though he calls her Aunty and she is really not, should i still say that she is my Husband Aunty or My Aunty.

3. i actually have an uncle( Mothers Brother ) in the US as well. But he Told me to use his wife and not him since she is employed and her is not. should i use my Uncles Wife and put Relationship as Uncles Wife or as Just Aunty?..

Please i really need help will be submitting it tomorrow. Thanks.

Firstly you do not qualify for dropbox cos ur 1st visa wasn't issued in Nigeria.
Then put visa validity and expiration on the search box u will see people with similar visa issue and what was the advice the got and what they did eventually.

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Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 6 by Shiebi: 11:03pm On Nov 07
MamaOO:

Lmao. And who told you it’s not my country too? Or that I need a visa to get in the country? I was talking on behalf of the people who had been sent back unjustly and what can and cannot happen. Calm down and read what we were talking about.

He/she wasnt referring to you in person, I guess. Only responding generally, esp to those who r visitors.
Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 6 by Shiebi: 11:56pm On Nov 07
[quote author=Chanbaby post=72768892]

Firstly you do not qualify for dropbox cos ur 1st visa wasn't issued in Nigeria.


In addition to this, I'll advise you use your uncle's wife. The relationship is more explicit. Also refer to her as your "Aunt".

(Even if your uncle was employee, I don't think your surnames will be the same.)

The purpose of the address is in case you need to be contacted. Hospital contact will not suffice, you don't live there, and will not always be there. Also, a resident with a *definite address has to be responsible for you.

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Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 6 by Miracletwinee: 12:43am On Nov 08
[quote author=iykmon post=72762519]

Thank you so much iykmon How do I open a PayPal account in Nigeria?
Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 6 by nnamdi365: 8:47am On Nov 08
Hello guys, please anyone with useful information on interview rescheduling as we got April 10th for a follow up interview but due for February, 2019.

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Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 6 by overlord77: 9:06am On Nov 08
dere5:


Birth center delivery is frowned at by Visa officers. The only condition I would advice the use of a birth center is if you got the visa for that purpose, in other words, you told the visa officer that you plant to use a birth center and they went ahead and still gave you the visa

How do you know this, VO told you or you made an inquiry and it was highlighted?
I have always advocated for what's the true picture of things and not assumptions but if you have proofs of this, do share. We put so much mystery around this whole visa thing.

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Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 6 by Madriel: 9:14am On Nov 08
Thanks for your replies this far. To clarify my question;

I already have a valid visa. I got it at a time when I was not pregnant. I actually want to do the water birth and it's only available at birth centers.
Has anyone had their baby at a birth centre? What do I expect at Poe? I plan to pay ahead of time.
Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 6 by NicoleObi: 9:14am On Nov 08
Dear House,

Please help.

Can the notary at the US embassy be done before the birth of the baby? Or must it be after the birth of the baby? Would they need the baby's birth date of birth during the Notary process at the embassy?

Your urgent reaponse will be highly appreciated.

Thank u
Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 6 by Boomie30: 10:38am On Nov 08
Hi,

i dont think it's possible to do so before baby is born. i may be wrong though!

NicoleObi:
Dear House,

Please help.

Can the notary at the US embassy be done before the birth of the baby? Or must it be after the birth of the baby? Would they need the baby's birth date of birth during the Notary process at the embassy?

Your urgent reaponse will be highly appreciated.

Thank u
Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 6 by chibertha(f): 11:20am On Nov 08
I have tried to give you answers note most are from the USA Visa website and first hand information

youngette:
Hello house and thank you for all the detailed accounts given, its taken days to go through all the threads but the time spent doing so was worth it!

On to my peculiar situation: Currently a FTM planning to birth in the US and still have a valid B1/B2 visa that was issued while I was working outside Nigeria. I am back in Nigeria now by the way.
LO is due early may but visa expires end of may. Can any one advise on the best option for visa application, if to apply with DH (his first time, I have been to the US before) and if to buy a return ticket beyond visa validity?
Answer:- apply with husband
Buy tickets beyond validity of Visa because you would be declaring child birth
" length of stay is at the discretion of CBP and not Visa validity"

So please pardon me and my many questions
1.To have LO, do I...:
a. Apply for dropbox - same B1/B2 - and declare medical tourism reason at POE? (risking this Trump immigration change atmosphere influencing a possible denial)

Ans:- you can not apply for drop box in Nigeria since your Visa was issued outside Nigeria

b. Apply for B2 and pray all goes well at interview

Ans:- yes

c. Go to US on current visa and declare at POE that it's for birthing reasons - not sure if they will stamp me in beyond the visa validity - then apply for an extension while still in the US
Ans:- if there is no time then go this route

d. Please advise!

2. When would be a good time to apply since I still have more than 6 months left on the current visa? The next interview date is in March and I am not sure if it will be dropbox or interview so trying to play safe.
Ans:- interview

3. Do I mention that DH will be accompanying me or not? He actually will not come until much later.


Ans yes mention him as your travel partner

4. Is it possible to apply for a visa renewal from within the US?

Ans:-No because you don't reside therr

Any first hand experience with this type of situation would be a huge help.

Thank you my fellow nairalanders!

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Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 6 by chibertha(f): 11:26am On Nov 08
My Answers are below
nwadikechi:
Hello Every one, av been here for 2 days now and find it very interesting as i want to birth in US next year.

Please i need to ask a question that i have been worried about and i will love to get suggestions.

1. in filling my form, for contact person in the US should i use my Doctors Contact or the Contact of the Person i will be staying with? i and my Husband are not related to the person i will be staying with, though she is a very close friend of his Dad.


Ans-: if using this person say "friend" and put her contact address

2. If i use her as my contact person, what relationship should i put?. Though he calls her Aunty and she is really not, should i still say that she is my Husband Aunty or My Aunty.[/b]

Ans:- Friend

3. i actually have an uncle( Mothers Brother ) in the US as well. But he Told me to use his wife and not him since she is employed and her is not. should i use my Uncles Wife and put Relationship as Uncles Wife or as Just Aunty?..
Ans:-Aunt

Please i really need help will be submitting it tomorrow. Thanks.
Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 6 by chibertha(f): 11:30am On Nov 08
You can't reschedule a follow up interview after picking a date.
nnamdi365:
Hello guys, please anyone with useful information on interview rescheduling as we got April 10th for a follow up interview but due for February, 2019.

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Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 6 by chibertha(f): 11:33am On Nov 08
It is possible my friend did so and went along with the document to the states but that was in 2015 though.

NicoleObi:
Dear House,

Please help.

Can the notary at the US embassy be done before the birth of the baby? Or must it be after the birth of the baby? Would they need the baby's birth date of birth during the Notary process at the embassy?

Your urgent reaponse will be highly appreciated.

Thank u
Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 6 by ninab: 12:44pm On Nov 08
nnamdi365:
Hello guys, please anyone with useful information on interview rescheduling as we got April 10th for a follow up interview but due for February, 2019.
Just keep hoping they reschedule like they did for some people for a Saturday in November
When is ur travel

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Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 6 by nwadikechi: 1:12pm On Nov 08
chibertha:
My Answers are below
thanks alot
Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 6 by nwadikechi: 1:14pm On Nov 08
Chanbaby:
Please i dont think the answer is for me. Please read my question again. Thanks

Firstly you do not qualify for dropbox cos ur 1st visa wasn't issued in Nigeria.
Then put visa validity and expiration on the search box u will see people with similar visa issue and what was the advice the got and what they did eventually.
Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 6 by toyeengbemi: 1:30pm On Nov 08
Good day All,
first post(apologies for the long post). i have traveled numerous times to the UK in the past 15 years or so. and i schooled in the UK(Masters degree)also been back and forth on work training .my first attempt at a USA Visa was successful when i applied for a B1/B2 in the year 2015( i was never asked if i was pregnant). I found out after that i was pregnant and decided to have my baby in the USA. I asked about changing my visa to a medical one and was told it covers for medical. i was advised to send a change of intent letter. i did and proceeded to the USA. At the point of entry even before i was asked i declared my intention and was sent to secondary inspection. that took less than 5 minutes. the officer asked me for the bill and how much i had with me. i told them the bill (hospital and doctor )which amounted to about 6000+ dollars. the officer was surprised at the total and i reminded him that i was self pay and so got huge discounts he laughed, agreed, stamped me in wishing me a safe delivery.
fast forward to 2017 it was time for renewal so i opted for drop box. less than a week i was called and immediately handed a 212g and asked to show up for a follow up interview. when i got there i greeted, got no response the lady had a very stern expression and demanded to see my hospital bill which i presented (the bill was from Atlanta) she barely looked at the paper and said no way will you get childbirth for 3200. i explained that it was self pay. she asked for my doctor bill which was about 3000 and was OK with it. she now said if i cant prove that it was self pay she wont grant the application. on my zero bill it showed the adjustments. i now begged please if you don't believe me can you call or investigate. i think this annoyed her further because she snapped and said it wasn't part of her job. and shouted NEXT!
fast forward to 2018 this time my main purpose was family visit with my kids (the first i had in the UK as a student, the 2nd i had here in Nigeria and the last i had in the USA)my husband couldn't join us because he had work commitments. this time i got another zero balance saying fee was adjusted from hospital. as soon as i got there another very stern reception. he asked if all my kids were present i said the last one is a US citizen so needs no visa so i came with those needing visa. he asked where i worked and where i was going. i told him. that was it! the next thing he said was that i wasn't qualified. HAH!. i was qualified before what has disqualified me??
They didn't ask for my zero balance which i believed to be the reason for my refusal the last time.
I have a clean travel history
i truly paid all my bills and rigidly forced the doctors and hospital to hand them over before leaving the USA
i have never taken any govt aid and always advised people against it
could i have taken my Son to interview to prove i didn't leave him in the USA?
Just confused and hurt and i also noticed that all my friends who previously had kids in the USA around that time were all refused renewals. i have been honest in my application and for me to be refused twice in a row after initially getting a visa is quite depressing. have i been marked to never get visa? is there a way i can find out reasons for my repeated refusals? as i plan to apply early next year again. HOUSE PLEASE HELP.
Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 6 by nwadikechi: 1:31pm On Nov 08
please i still need more suggestions.
nwadikechi:
Hello Every one, av been here for 2 days now and find it very interesting as i want to birth in US next year.

Please i need to ask a question that i have been worried about and i will love to get suggestions.

1. in filling my form, for contact person in the US should i use my Doctors Contact or the Contact of the Person i will be staying with? i and my Husband are not related to the person i will be staying with, though she is a very close friend of his Dad.

2. If i use her as my contact person, what relationship should i put?. Though he calls her Aunty and she is really not, should i still say that she is my Husband Aunty or My Aunty.

3. i actually have an uncle( Mothers Brother ) in the US as well. But he Told me to use his wife and not him since she is employed and her is not. should i use my Uncles Wife and put Relationship as Uncles Wife or as Just Aunty?..

Please i really need help will be submitting it tomorrow. Thanks.
Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 6 by nnamdi365: 1:35pm On Nov 08
Just keep hoping they reschedule like they did for some people for a Saturday in November
When is ur travel

My travel should be around 1st week in February; hoping for the best... Thanks for the information.
Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 6 by justwise(m): 4:44pm On Nov 08
toyeengbemi:
Good day All,
first post(apologies for the long post). i have traveled numerous times to the UK in the past 15 years or so. and i schooled in the UK(Masters degree)also been back and forth on work training .my first attempt at a USA Visa was successful when i applied for a B1/B2 in the year 2015( i was never asked if i was pregnant). I found out after that i was pregnant and decided to have my baby in the USA. I asked about changing my visa to a medical one and was told it covers for medical. i was advised to send a change of intent letter. i did and proceeded to the USA. At the point of entry even before i was asked i declared my intention and was sent to secondary inspection. that took less than 5 minutes. the officer asked me for the bill and how much i had with me. i told them the bill (hospital and doctor )which amounted to about 6000+ dollars. the officer was surprised at the total and i reminded him that i was self pay and so got huge discounts he laughed, agreed, stamped me in wishing me a safe delivery.
fast forward to 2017 it was time for renewal so i opted for drop box. less than a week i was called and immediately handed a 212g and asked to show up for a follow up interview. when i got there i greeted, got no response the lady had a very stern expression and demanded to see my hospital bill which i presented (the bill was from Atlanta) she barely looked at the paper and said no way will you get childbirth for 3200. i explained that it was self pay. she asked for my doctor bill which was about 3000 and was OK with it. she now said if i cant prove that it was self pay she wont grant the application. on my zero bill it showed the adjustments. i now begged please if you don't believe me can you call or investigate. i think this annoyed her further because she snapped and said it wasn't part of her job. and shouted NEXT!
fast forward to 2018 this time my main purpose was family visit with my kids (the first i had in the UK as a student, the 2nd i had here in Nigeria and the last i had in the USA)my husband couldn't join us because he had work commitments. this time i got another zero balance saying fee was adjusted from hospital. as soon as i got there another very stern reception. he asked if all my kids were present i said the last one is a US citizen so needs no visa so i came with those needing visa. he asked where i worked and where i was going. i told him. that was it! the next thing he said was that i wasn't qualified. HAH!. i was qualified before what has disqualified me??
They didn't ask for my zero balance which i believed to be the reason for my refusal the last time.
I have a clean travel history
i truly paid all my bills and rigidly forced the doctors and hospital to hand them over before leaving the USA
i have never taken any govt aid and always advised people against it
could i have taken my Son to interview to prove i didn't leave him in the USA?
Just confused and hurt and i also noticed that all my friends who previously had kids in the USA around that time were all refused renewals. i have been honest in my application and for me to be refused twice in a row after initially getting a visa is quite depressing. have i been marked to never get visa? is there a way i can find out reasons for my repeated refusals? as i plan to apply early next year again. HOUSE PLEASE HELP.

That section in bold is the problem, though not your fault but its insane to spend that little while American citizens pay far more than that.

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