While pregnant you want the best possible care for you and your baby. The Netherlands is not only famous for its tulips and windmills, its maternity system is just as outstanding. The Dutch tradition of a free choice of place of birth for low risk women including home birth is quite unique in the western world. Our care is characterised by open communication, a personal approach and commitment to each client. Pregnancy is a wonderful time in a woman’s life, which comes with it’s own challenges and changes. We aim to support you in your individual needs to enable you to enjoy your pregnancy and empower you for a positive birth.
The information on our website will provide you lots of information about the Dutch maternity and midwifery system and the complete midwifery care given by us. At our ultrasound centre Echo Amsterdam we offer the complete spectrum of pregnancy scans, a much wider range of scans then offered by your health insurance. We have extensive experience in guiding expat pregnant women and aim to meet the highest standards and look forward to seeing you in our practice
What to expect from our care?
- Free non-commitment consultation
- Personal care tailored to your needs
- Extended opening hours
- Consultations during evening hours
- Experienced & dedicated midwives & ultrasound experts
- Ultrasound centre, opened 7 days and 2 evenings a week
- Extended pregnancy ultrasounds during pregnancy
- Prenatal screening: NIPT
- Double consultation to make birthplan
- Qualified blood tests centre at the practice
- Collaboration with all hospitals in Amsterdam and surroundings
- Quick reverral to medical specialists of your choice (e.g. OBGYN) if needed
- One-on-one care during labour
- Choice of home or hospital birth
- Giving birth with or without painrelief
- Natural pain relief: gas and air
- Home visits after birth, even if you pregnant and birth has been monitored by the hospital.
- Six-week postpartum check up
- Contraception consultations
- External cephalic version (turning a breech baby)
- Multidisciplinairy collaboration with (pelvis floor) physiotherapist, lactationconsultent, dietician, psychologist, (pregnancy)haptonomist
Expert and reliable information
What to expect from your midwife consultation? When is your first echo? What about nutrition, sport and work? We’ve put it all in front of you. We provide you with reliable information and advice to guide you from trying to conceive to pregnancy, birth and beyond.
When trying to conceive it’s important to have a healthy lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle increases the chance of a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. At Verloskundigen 101 we provide special consultations to give you personalised advice about fertility. Feel free to make an appointment.
Pregnancy is an exciting and special time in a woman’s life, but it can also give some insecurities and questions about the health of you and your unbron baby. Our aim is to enable expectant mothers to have a positive and reassuring pregnancy and birth experience. We are trained to monitor and signal medical risks closely. If necessary, we will do additional research or refer you to an obstetrician in the hospital of your choice. We work closely with all hospitals in Amsterdam and the surrounding area.
During your pregnancy you will have regular consultations at our midwife practice and at least to appointments at our ultrasound centre. These appointments provide an opportunity to review the health of you and your baby. At each appointment we will enquire how you are feeling, check your blood pressure, have a feel of your tummy to check the baby’s growth, listen to the baby’s heartbeat and answer any questions you may have. Your partner is always welcome to attend your antenatal appointments with you.
Fortunately most children are born healthy. You can choose to have your unborn child checked for a number of congenital disorders. This is called prenatal screening. You can select two tests: The prenatal screening for Down syndrome, Edwards’ syndrome and Patau’s syndrome around the 11th week; and testing for physical abnormalities (20-week anomaly scan). You determine if you want to undergo these tests. During your first midwife consultation we will provide you with all information you need to know to make a decision whether to undergo these tests or not.
In the Netherlands low-risk women can choose how and where they want to deliver their baby. At home, in hospital, in a birthing centre, with or without pain relief. We will assist you whichever place and in any way you want to give birth. If you would like to deliver in hospital, you do not have to arrange anything in advance. When your delivery has started we will organise everything for you.
At approximately the 35th week of pregnancy we will plan a double consultation at the practice to talk about the delivery, answer all your questions and make a birthplan together. You may have clear ideas or wishes about how or where you would like to give birth. We are more than happy to answer all your questions.
If you choose a home birth, we will attend your birth, aided by a maternity assistant. The insurance company usually provide a maternity box, which contains bed protectors, maternity pads, gauze and sterilizing alcohol amongst other necessities. We will bring our own equipment, which always includes a neonatal resuscitation set and oxygen. If you opt for a hospital birth (“poliklinische bevalling”) your birth will still be attended by the one of us and an (obstetric) nurse who is employed by the hospital.
As soon as the baby is born you enter the postnatal period. During this period you can thoroughly enjoy your baby; an intense and often emotional week. Your body and the baby will recover from the delivery.
It is recommended to take as much rest as possible during the day and spend most of the first few days in bed to give your body the opportunity to recover well. In most cases the immediate postnatal period is spent at home, although sometimes it is necessary to spend these first days at the hospital (eg. after a caesarean or if you have lost too much blood). In this case the postnatal care is led by the nurses at the postnatal ward. Once you are back home, we will take over the care together with the kraamzorg (maternity assistant).
Throughout the postnatal period we will be your point of contact. In case of urgency or worry you can contact the on-call midwife.
- you haven’t urinated within 6 hours after birth
- if you are losing too much blood which means when you need to change the pad every half hour, if you loose two or more orange-sized clots, or if you feel like an open tap
- you have feel ill and/or have a fever over 38,0°C within 24 hours after birth
- your baby has a temperature lower than 36.5°C or above 37.5°C,
- baby’s lips turn blue while asleep or feeding
- your baby hasn’t urinated or passed stool within 24hrs after birth
Sometimes a pregnancy ends in a different way than you had hoped or expected. Twenty percent of all pregnant women experience bleeding in the first 16 weeks of pregnancy. Eventually, 10 percent of all pregnancies end in miscarriage. In the remaining 10 percent of women who loss blood during pregnancy, the bleeding is innocent.
Because of the increased use of first trimester ultrasounds, ever more often the diagnosis nonvital pregnancy is made before symptoms occur.
If you are concerned you might have a miscarriage you can always call the midwife on call 020 333 04 20. Together we will decide whether an ultrasound is needed at the moment.