As soon as the baby is born you enter the postnatal period. During this period you can thoroughly enjoy your baby; an intense and often emotional week. Your body and the baby will recover from the delivery.
At home or in hospital?
It is recommended to take as much rest as possible during the day and spend most of the first few days in bed to give your body the opportunity to recover well. In most cases the immediate postnatal period is spent at home, although sometimes it is necessary to spend these first days at the hospital (eg. after a caesarean or if you have lost too much blood). In this case the postnatal care is led by the nurses at the postnatal ward. Once you are back home, we will take over the care together with the kraamzorg (maternity assistant).
Throughout the postnatal period we will be your point of contact. In case of urgency or worry you can contact the on-call midwife 020 – 47 000 67.
Tip: Whenever the baby sleeps, try to get some sleep too or rotate with your partner, as the first nights will be short.