It’s a new edition of the DCS Mom Series. Our guest today is Kelechi Henry-Aka, a legal practitioner and mother of three lovely children including Monalisa our 24th Deluxe Baby who will be 2 years old this week!!! 🙂 🙂
Hi Kelechi, thanks for taking out time to share your experience with other moms out there. So tell us, why did you decide to have your baby in the US? And how did you go about it?
Well, it was a personal decision. I contacted a friend that had her baby in the US and she referred me to DCS.
Did you have several accommodation options in different cities? And how did you decide on which city to go to?
I have an elder sister that lives in New York so I did not consider other options.
Did you have a visa when you started the process with DCS?
I had a valid 2 (two) years UK visa but had no US visa. I had also never applied for a US visa in the past.
Judging that you didn’t have a visa and you have not travelled before, did you worry at any point during the whole process that they might deny you the visa?
Even though I have visited UK twice, I was worried that US might deny me the Visa because I was visibly pregnant. However, I had already made up my mind to give it a trial so I went ahead.
How did your visa interview go? And what did the consular officer ask you?
The interview was smooth and brief. The Consular officer asked for the purpose of my travel, my employment status, finances and duration of my stay in the US.
And how did you convince them that you should be given a visa? 🙂
My response was that I was going to have my baby in the US. I was into full time employment, I was going to pay personally for my medical/ baby delivery expenses and that I will be in the US for about 3 (three) months.
After my response above, the Consular Officer asked if I had a letter from a doctor in the US and I said yes. She demanded for the letter and I handed it over to her. She sighted it and probably made some verification in her system/computer and returned the letter to me.
Thereafter, she congratulated me and advised me on when and where to pick up the visa.
Great! So you told them you were going to the US to have your baby?
At how many months of pregnancy did you finally travel to the US?
I travelled at about 7 (seven) months.
How long did you stay in the US after the baby was born?
About One (1) month after the baby was born.
How would you rate the medical care you received in the US?
Did you have any time during the whole process; that you were most grateful that you made the decision to have your baby in the US? If yes, when and can you tell us more about it?
Yes. Commencing from when the visa was issued, my arrival and entry into US and safe delivery of the baby. I was grateful to God for giving me the opportunity to experience the courteous and excellent medical care services in the US.
What advice would you give expectant moms who want to also have their babies in the US?
My advice is that it is achievable. Don’t allow your dreams to die. Be truthful about it. It is an experience you will not want to forget. Give it a trial and you will never regret it.
Wow!! Thanks again Kelechi…it was really nice talking to you!!
Moms out there, you have heard it from a mom like you. It does not matter if it’s your first attempt at applying for a US Visa, all you need is to be truthful about your intention, plan ahead sorting your hospital, doctor and accommodation needs and then of course show that you have an idea of what your possible medical bills will be and have proof that you can afford it.
Remember….we are always here to help with the hospital, doctor and accommodation bit :-). Specifically, our goal is to help you have your baby in the US at a location that suits you, at a facility you can trust, at a price you are comfortable with, irrespective of if you have where to stay in US or not. Contact us to start your own affordable US Childbirth journey today.
Till we are back with the next mom….remain blessed and if you are an expectant parent, we are looking forward to being of service to you soon!!