Giving birth in Amsterdam
We see it as a privilege to be able to guide your labour & birth. We are there for you from the moment you need it. With patience and trust, being quiet at times as well as talking you through. We are actively present and can withdraw into the background when necessary. Doing nothing and intervening. All this and more is the role of us midwives, also known as “watchful attendance”. Our goal is a safe delivery for both mama and baby and a positive birth experience. Your birth can be at home or in the hospital, with or without pain relief. We are there for you.
Finally your due date is coming closer and closer! From 37 weeks until 42 weeks of pregnancy your labour and delivery will be guided by us. We believe it is important to offer a choice and control over the type of birthing you choose. This can be a home birth, in the birthing centre or in a hospital, a water birth, on the birthingstool, with or without pain relief, it’s your decision! We will guide you one-to-one throughout your labour and delivery. In the last month of pregnancy you will have weekly consultations at our practice. We measure your blood pressure, check the growth and position of the baby, listen to the heartbeat and answer all questions you may have.
Prepare for birth
Preparation for birth can take away any fear and insecurities you might have. This allows you to be more relaxed during labour and birth. The more confident and relaxed you are when labour starts, the better you are able to handle the pain during contractions. That’s why we organise an information evening about birth via Zoom (due to the COVID-19 pandemic). Furthermore you can read everything you need to know on our website and in the handout we will send you. At approximately 35 weeks we will plan a double consultation to talk about your birth wishes and answer all questions you may have.
As midwives, we know better than anyone that preparing for labour & birth is important and will contribute to have a positive birth experience. That’s why we set up our own English spoken pregnancy course for you to feel fully prepared. It contains everything you need and want to know about giving birth in the Netherlands. The phases of birth, pain relief, making a birth plan, what to bring to hospital, when to call, and much much more is covered in our pregnancy course. As we find it important that all our clients can follow our course, it’s included in the care you receive by our practice!
During a double appointment around the 33th week of pregnancy we will discuss your birth wishes. You can fill in your wishes in the Birth Wishes document. No need to already decide your choice of birthplace as for some you only know where you feel most comfortable when you’re in labour. It is not necessary to reserve a place in the hospital; after all, you do not know when you will give birth. We will arrange everything that is needed when you plan a hospital birth. Sometimes during pregnancy, labour or birth you may need additional medical care in hospital. Officially this means that all care is transferred to the medical team of the hospital and we will not guide you further. However, we want to be there for you at all times and therefore offer 101+ care. Read more about this service.
When to call the midwife?
Do you have urgent complaints or worries in these last weeks (less/no fetal movementsy, feeling sick, strong headache, abdominal pains, etc.)?
Call the midwife on call. Always try to call us yourself.
Your partner can of course also tell us what’s going on, but your voice gives us an even better picture of how you are doing.
“What a great midwife practice! Knowledgeable, objective, approachable and more than friendly!
After having been guided by another practice earlier, 101 was a warm bath. Small enough for a personal approach, big enough for always a midwife to speak to and perfect accessibility. We worked together towards the delivery with extreme expertise and humor whenever possible. I had the feeling that I could be myself completely and that all the ladies in practice gave me as much information as possible so that I could make my own choices. Pain relief yes or no, at home or in the hospital etc etc. I really experienced this. They accompanied me during labour up into the hospital and directly gave aftercare the day after when we were home again. I can only conclude that the ladies of 101 were a great added value during my pregnancy and would highly recommend them!”
Claire, 34 years