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.
4+ weeksCongratulations you are pregnant! Inside your body, amazing developments are taking place. The tiny ball of cells dividing in your womb (uterus) is now an embryo, and is about the size of a poppy seed. As soon as you find out you are pregnant you can sign up at our practice. Don’t forget to take prenatal vitamins like folic acid daily. Read more on what to eat and what food/drinks to avoid during pregnancy.
6+ weeksFrom of 6+ weeks you can do an early scan to check the viability. If you can wait a little longer until 7-8 weeks the scan is more reliable as the risk of an early miscarriage is still present at these weeks. A little note: scans in the first trimester of your pregnancy are often internal.
early viability scan
8 - 9 weeksYou’ll have your first midwife consultation around now, and meet one of the midwives for the first time. There’ll be a lot to cover at this appointment so it may take around an hour. We’ll ask you about your medical history, job and lifestyle. Your midwife will explain what tests and care you can expect during your pregnancy. You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions.
First midwife appointment
10 - 12 weeksYour baby’s heart is now fully developed, and beats about 180 times a minute. The due date scan measures the estimated date of delivery (EDD). Only 3% of women give birth on their due date so just a little note to not fixate too much on the given date.
11 weeksYou 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’s syndrome, Edwards’ syndrome and Patau’s syndrome (NIPT test); and testing for physical abnormalities (Anomaly Scan). You determine if you want to undergo these tests. At your first midwife appointment we will give you extensive information, and we will answer all your questions.
NIPT - prenatal screening
13+ weeksAfter you’ve seen your baby at the dating scan, it’s officially time to take a big sigh of relief. However, we can imagine you are eager to see your baby once more and check that everything is progressing as it should be. From of 14 weeks we can also determine if you’ll be having a little girl or a little boy.
Early screening scan
16 weeksAs you are now in your second trimester, we will monitor your health and the fetal growth and heartbeat closely. During every midwife consultation there is time to discuss possible discomfort/ailment due to the pregnancy and your overall experience of the pregnancy. Of course there will also be time to answer all questions you may have. To do: did you arrange kraamzorg (maternity assistant after birth) and apply for your kraampakket (box with disposables for after birth) at your insurance company? If not, please do so this week. Also check the information about the whooping cough vaccination and plan an appointment if you wish to do so at the GGD.
19 - 21 weeksThe anomaly scan will evaluate the anatomy of your baby. Brain, head, face, spine, heart, stomach, intestines, kidneys, bladder and limbs will be checked. The size of the baby will be measured, the placental position and the amniotic fluid will be assessed. This scan is covered by your insurance company.
24 weeks Your baby now weighs up to 600g (1.3lb) and is starting to fill the space in your womb. From head to heel he/she now measures about 30cm. In week 24 you also have a midwife appointment where we discuss the results of your anomaly scan. We also measure your blood pressure, check the fetal growth and listen to your baby’s heartbeat. If you are at risk for gestational diabetes we will refer you to the lab to take a glucose tolerance test (GTT). The GTT involves two blood tests. You’ll be asked to fast before the first test, then drink a sugary mixture before the second. You should get the results within a few days. If indicated we will also refer you for a growth scan. If you’d like additional scans upon request, you may book a scan at any week of your pregnancy. To do: In legal terms, if you are unmarried or not in a registered partnership, your child only has one parent: the biological mother. The father or co-parenting mother must first acknowledge the child in order for them to become the child’s legal parent. To acknowledge a (unborn) child, you must go to a City Office in person. You must make an appointment for acknowledgement and registering a birth.
24 - 30 weeksAt your 3D 4D scan you will have the chance to see your baby in real time. Watch your baby yawn, hiccup or wriggle around! Our technician will take the time to make beautiful images of your baby using the special 3D 4D function of our ultrasound equipment. Of course she will give you these very realistic images on a USB-stick to take home.
3D 4D Live baby scan
27 - 28 weeks The end of this week marks the start of your third trimester. Your baby can now open and close his eyes, and he sleeps and wakes at regular intervals. During the midwife appointment we measure your blood pressure and check the growth, position and heartbeat of the baby. If indicated we will refer you for an extra growth scan. If you wish a scan upon request, you can always book yourself a scan at any time. With the first trimester blood test we checked your blood type and whether your blood contains antibodies to foreign blood groups. During pregnancy and childbirth, red blood cells from your baby can enter your own bloodstream. If your child has a different blood group to your own, your body may produce antibodies to this ‘foreign’ blood group. If the blood test reveals any risk, it is often possible to provide treatment during pregnancy to protect your baby. The results of the blood test will be ready at around 30 weeks. To do: don’t forget to sign up via email for the information evening about birth & beyond.
31 weeksYour iron level will drop a little during the pregnancy with its lowest point around 30 weeks. Your body goes through significant changes when you become pregnant. The amount of blood in your body increases by about 20-30 percent, which increases the supply of iron and vitamins that the body needs to make hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen to other cells in your body. Mild anemia is normal during pregnancy due to an increase in blood volume. At 30 weeks your iron level is on its lowest point, that’s why we will check your iron at this appointment at the practice. After 30 weeks towards 40 weeks your iron level will increase a little again. To do: if you haven’t been to our information evening about birth, don’t forget to sign up.
35 weeksDuring the pregnancy your baby will move a lot in your womb and will change its position throughout the day. However around 32 weeks most baby’s will lie with their head down. During your antenatal checkups we will always check the position of the baby. With a positioning scan at 35 weeks we can double check it’s position. This scan is covered by insurance.
34 - 35 weeksYour womb has reached it’s highest point by this week. You may be feeling as though you’ve run out of room – your womb has grown to many times its original size, and is now up under your ribs. This can make you more breathless than usual. Running up the stairs can make you feel out of breath quickly. At your midwife appointment we discuss your birth wishes and will note these in your file. To do: has the kraamzorg booked in a home visit with you? If not, give them a call to plan this. Also if your kraampakket has not been delivered by now, ask your insurance company when they will.
37 weeksYour baby is now officially full term, and could be arriving any day now. His movements might feel a little different as he runs out of room, but he should still be wriggling and kicking as often as before. You will have weekly midwife consultations from now on. As your due date approaches, the painless and infrequent Braxton Hicks contractions you may have been feeling since midpregnancy sometimes become more rhythmic, relatively close together, and even painful, possibly fooling you into thinking you’re in labor. Not sure when to call us? Click here.
38 weeksYour baby is ready to greet the world, and you’ll soon be looking into those adorable eyes. At this stage, your baby is still building a layer of fat to help her control her body temperature after she’s born.
try to relax
39 weeksThe big day is almost here and it won’t be long before you’re able to cuddle your baby. But try not to worry if you’re still waiting at the end of the week. Only about four per cent of babies are born on their expected due date, though most arrive within a week either side.
not long now!
40 weeksIt’s your due date! A date you have had in your mind for the past 9 months. Remember only 4% of babies are born on their due date. Most women go overdue as most baby are born about a week after the due date.
41 weeksAfter months of anticipation, your due date goes by, and… you’re still pregnant. It’s a frustrating, but common, situation. If you’re running out of patience, it may help to remind yourself that your due date is only an estimate. From of 41 weeks we will check you and the baby every other day and together we will decide when an induction is needed.
the clock is ticking...
42 weeksA few mums-to-be have what is called a prolonged pregnancy, which lasts until 42 weeks. If labour hasn’t spontaneously started until now, you will be induced in hospital today and then your baby will finally be born!
Our first pregnancy and in a foreign country. We where very lucky that a friend recommended Verloskundigen 101. We can resume that our experience was fantastic, totally recommended!. The service that we got it wasn’t only professional but they gave us confidence and secured about the big journey that we where about to start.
Wonderful women who made the process of finding a midwife that we trust so much easier!
As an expat, the pregnancy wasn’t only the big challenge, but also understanding the Dutch system, and they made it so easy for us. We felt at home with their warm treatment, advices and guidelines. Thank you Sophie, Olijf and all the team for being present in all the stages of our miracle, you can tell that you love what you do. Keep doing that great job and bringing all does beautiful babies to the world.
I have used Verloskundigen 101 for my two pregnancies. Both deliveries were in the natural way and the second one at home. Both very well managed and the result two healthy and beautiful children. I really recommend this practice and these lovely ladies.
The ladies at 101 are very professional and knowledgeable and equally important, they are really compassionate. I actually had fun during my labour, which is something I could never have imagined.
Really great service. We get a bit nervous around 38 weeks, and heard from our pregnant friends some terrible story about unprofessional midwives. However, everything with Verloskundigen 101 midwives went very well as well as professional. We were with Sophie at the delivery day, and she did really her best to help us. Absolutely want to give my full recommendation.
EXCELLENT care. Lovely, knowledgable staff, nice location. Couldn’t have been happier.
These guys were amazing and supported my wife all the way through pregnancy and labour.