Pregnancy from A - Z

If you want to get pregnant

It’s a good thing to gather information when you want to have children. Even if it might be a while before you actually want to become pregnant.

To become pregnant is not a small matter, even before you start there are some things you can take into account. Among others you must remember to eat healthy and drink enough water, do not smoke, limit the use of alcohol or ban it altogether, don’t use drugs, make sure you get enough sleep and of course you’ll need to exercise regularly. Now this tends to be forgotten; the same goes for your partner! It might also be helpful to check your family history for hereditary diseases that may play a part when you want to have a baby. Sometimes you may be advised to see if you or your partner are carriers for specific diseases that may pose a problem. If you want more information on this please visit and take the test.


First of all, congratulations on your pregnancy! This is an exciting time in your life. We will help you along this important period. We’ll strive to give you an optimal pregnancy, both medically speaking and otherwise.  


The birth will usually take place between 37 and 42 weeks of pregnancy, so anywhere between 3 weeks before and 2 weeks after your due date. If your pregnancy was uncomplicated and your labor starts in this 5 week period you can either have the baby at home or you can have it in the hospital (as an outpatient). If your labor starts before or after this period you will have the baby in the hospital under the care of an OB/GYN. You can choose the location of your labor and delivery yourself. This is an important choice, you should have the baby where you feel safest. We will support you in any choice. When during a home delivery or outpatient delivery complications arise, you will be referred to an OB/GYN. 

Postpartum period

In the first week after delivery we will come by your house regularly to check up on your and the babies health. We will assist you with breastfeeding if needed. This is also the case if you’ve had the baby in the hospital under the care of an OB/GYN, we will come by after you get back home. Please register during your pregnancy so we already have all your information on hand.

A maternity nurse is essential when you have the baby at home or you spend the postpartum period at home, that is why we oblige you to have one. During the first week after birth she will come by daily to check up on and take care of you and the baby. Every woman in the Netherlands is allowed a maternity nurse during her postpartum period, as long as you apply for it with your health insurance company early in your pregnancy. The minimum amount of hours women are entitled to a maternity nurse is 24 hours divided over 8 days. How many hours will be provided for you specifically is decided according to the national indication protocol for maternity care (LIP). You can choose the organization that will provide your maternity care. Your midwife and insurance company can provide further information about this. 

Your postpartum period is under the responsibility of the midwife. If any issues arise (for example with breastfeeding), the maternity nurse will discuss the matter with the midwife, and we will make a plan together with you.  

If after 8 days all is well, you will leave our care and the maternity care will stop. We leave you in the care of your family doctor in case of illness.
The Centre for Youth and Family will take over general care concerning feeding, weight and vaccinating your baby.

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