Giving birth

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.

Almost due!

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.

 

Pregnancy course

A pregnancy course in addition to our workshop 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.

 

Birth plan

During a double appointment around the 35th 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.

Checklist & hospital bag

Checklist & hospital bag

Click here for a checklist of things to arrange and what you need to put in your hospitalbag.

Overdue

Overdue

You’ve had your due date in mind all these months, and then in passes… Read more.

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Choice of birthplace

Choice of birthplace

A homebirth, in the birthing centre or in hospital. With or without pain relief or a water birth. Read more.

False labour

False labour

How to know the difference between false labour contractions and labour contraction. Read more.

Phases of labour

Phases of labour

Read more about the four phases of labour.

How to deal with contractions

How to deal with contractions

Read more about how to deal with contractions.

Pain relief

Pain relief

Read more about the different types of pain relief.

When to call?

When to call?

Labour has started. When is it necessary to call the midwife? Read more.

If things go differently than planned

If things go differently than planned

How to deal with birth if it goes different than hoped for. Read more.

After birth

After birth

Read more about the golden hours after 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.

Call the midwife +3120 – 47 000 67  (press 1)

“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