Wide Open Curtains: A Journal of a Pregnant American in Russia
Follow author Amanda Lynn Hinson as she takes you on a prolific adventure through Far East Russia. In a land of socialized medicine, Amanda reveals the plight of the Russian woman in modern, post-Soviet culture.
Pregnant with her fourth child, Amanda and her family move to Russia to follow their dreams. The seemingly poor timing of her pregnancy becomes an unexpected blessing as she makes friends in unlikely places and reciprocates hope to strangers.
Learn of the surprising differences and similarities of the healthcare systems and cultures in America and Far East Russia. Feel as though you are walking alongside Amanda as she makes this incredible journey. A captivating and truly insightful read, join Amanda on her emotional journey as she experiences having a baby in Russia.
I could not stop reading this book. It was fantastic. I just had a baby and this book gave me a whole new appreciation for the American healthcare system. The author is incredibly brave to have a baby in such conditions, but it sounds as though the doctors were quite educated. The treatment seems a little backwards to me, but I found it fascinating. I love the perspective! The author had 3 children in America, so she clearly knows how to have a baby, but gets a few curveballs thrown her way in Russia. I had to laugh at a few parts. This is a great read. I learned a lot. Thank you for sharing your experience. --Samantha
A well written account of an American family experiencing the challenges of going through a pregnancy and birth in a foreign country. The author brilliantly helps the reader picture the nurses, the hospital, the weather and the frustrations of dealing with socialized health care and the differences between American and Russian hospitals. The book is about faith as much as it is about being pregnant. It seems to be a fair account and gives credit to the Russian system when it deserves it. Anyone that has had a baby would enjoy this journal and could easily identify with the author's sense of wonderment and relief. --Larry