Complete maternity care
Ultrasounds (medical & upon request)
One to one care
24/7 midwifery services
Feel fully supported in your pregnancy, birth and beyond with our expert midwifery care. Also during the COVID-19 pandemic
While pregnant you want the best possible care for you and your baby, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. We understand this is a rather demanding time, especially for you (and your partner), living abroad. It can evoke feelings such as fear, insecurity and disappointment. After feeling in control of everything, suddenly this changes which requires a lot of adaptability. Especially at this time we want to be there for you and support you through this. Luckily 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. Our care is covered by all Dutch health insurances and farmost international insurances. 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.
Your pregnancy timeline
As the corona virus has become pandemic now, the Royal Dutch Association of Midwives (KNOV) has, together with the Official Dutch Health Organisation (RIVM), formulated guidelines to prevent further spreading of the novel COVID-19 virus. You will still have the same amount of check-ups, however we ask you to by yourself. Exceptions are being made for all scans, your first consultation and the 35 week consultation about your birth wishes, then a partner is welcome. Below you will find what appointments will take place when and where. We thank you for you understanding.
4+ wekenCongratulations 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. 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 (prenatale screenings) tests and care you can expect during your pregnancy. You’ll have of course plenty of time to ask all questions you may have.
First midwife appointment
10 - 11 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. To do: after this scan it’s important to apply for kraamzorg. There are a lot of kraamzorg companies (i.e. De Kleine Amsterdammer, de Baker, Procare, Kraamvogel and many more). Would you like to sign up for NIPT? Send us an email after your due date scan.
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. Besides the NIPT test, all pregnant women in the Netherlands will receive a routine blood test in the first trimester to check for iron deficiency, hep B, HIV, syphilis and to check your blood type, rhesus c and D factor. The laboratory is situated inside our ultrasound centre Echo Amsterdam. You can just walk in during opening hours.
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.
Extended early scan, from 14 weeks onwards incl gender
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.
' anomaly scan'
24 weeksYour 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. The checkup will be done by phone because the pandemic. 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. 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.
26 - 28 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.
4D Live babyscan
27 - 28 weeksThe 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.
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.
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. Your checkup will be double, as it will be a medical checkup at the practice and by phone we’ll 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.
Double midwife appointment
37 wekenYour 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 wekenYour 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 and rest during the day if sleeping at night isn’t going so well anymore.
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. At the practice we will check the growth and position of the baby, listen to the fetal heartbeat and measure your blood pressure.
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. You will have your regular checkup at the practice.
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, offer a membrane sweep and together we will decide when an induction is needed.
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!
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.
De dames van verloskundigen 101 luisteren, nemen de tijd en zorgen ervoor dat je je goed op je gemak voelt. Tijdens de bevalling wist ze precies wat ze moest zeggen om ons er doorheen te slepen en was daadkrachtig, maar stelde ook gelijk gerust waardoor we de bevalling als een prettige ervaring hebben mogen meemaken. Ik heb Verloskundigen 101 aan iedereen in mijn omgeving aangeraden en ben nu zelf terug voor mijn tweede zwangerschap.
Gedurende mijn zwangerschap voelde mij op mijn gemak in deze praktijk en heb ik veel vertrouwen gevoeld. Ik kan iedereen verloskundigen101 in Amsterdam aanraden! Lieve, vriendelijke en professionele dames die goede zorg en ondersteuning bieden! Bedankt!
Geweldig team! 6 enorm betrokken, nuchtere en positieve verloskundigen. Je kunt met al je vragen terecht, doen nooit moeilijk en vinden altijd tijd voor je als dat nodig is. Ik gun iedere zwangere deze begeleiding.
I had the most amazing experience with the midwives of Verloskundigen 101. As an expat having her first child in Amsterdam, their knowledge and guidance was invaluable during my pregnancy. Thanks to them my daughter’s birth was just how I hoped it would be. I would absolutely recommend their services to anyone!
Zeer prettige, professionele begeleiding gehad tijdens twee zwangerschappen. De dames van deze praktijk luisteren goed en nemen zorgen en vragen serieus zonder een eigen mening op te dringen. Ik kijk ook heel positief terug op mijn bevalling dankzij de ontspannen, fijne begeleiding.
Ik ben heel tevreden over de zorg die ik ontvangen heb bij 101. Mijn man en ik hebben alle verloskundigen van 101 ontmoet en vinden hen stuk voor stuk aardig en kundig. Tijdens het hele proces, van zwangerschap tot en met bevalling, zijn wij goed geïnformeerd en geholpen. De dames bij de receptie zijn ook erg aardig en hielpen ons goed met het inplannen van afspraken. Wij zouden 101 dan ook zeker aanraden!