Giving birth in Amsterdam
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.
A pregnancy course in addition to our information evening is certainly not mandatory or necessary. Decide for yourself which preparation for the delivery suits you best. You can find an extensive range of leaflets of pregnancy courses in the waiting room. Sign up for a course from about 24 weeks, as they fill up quickly.
During a double appointment around the 35th week of pregnancy we will make your birth plan in which your birth wishes are central. You can also make the choice of birthplace when labour has started. Sometimes 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.
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.