When pregnant there are some thing to be arranged. during your consultations we will help you remember what to arrange when and help you if necessary. See the list below of thing to be arranged in pregnancy.
6+ weeks – Childcare
If you work you should think about the way you want your baby to be looked after when, after your pregnancy leave, you and your spouse are working.
10+ weeks (after the dating scan) – Kraamzorg
This is the postnatal care provided by a maternity assistent (kraamverzorgster) at home in the 8 days following your delivery. There are a lot of kraamzorg offices to sign up with. Click here for a lift of Kraamzorg companies.
20+ weeks – Antenatal course
We recommend you to follow a prenatal course next to our information evening about Birth (via Zoom). This will help you to prepare for your delivery and provide you with information and exercises to make you feel more confident. Apart from that it can be a nice way to get to know new people. Most courses start at 28 weeks, but there is a huge demand and limited supply. You can find brochures on English spoken courses in our waiting room. During our information evening we will talk you through all phases of birth, how to prepare and what to expect. You will receive an invitation when you are about 25 – 30 weeks. Furthermore you can sign up for a breastfeeding course (via Zoom or in real life in Weesp just outside Amsterdam) which we highly recommend. It’s given by Myrthe van Lonkhuijsen, a renown lactating consultant. Sign up via her website.
22 weeks – Whooping cough vaccination
Whooping cough is dangerous for babies. You can protect your baby from whooping cough by getting vaccinated yourself during your pregnancy. The vaccine is available starting from the 22nd week of your pregnancy and free of charge. You can get the vaccination in Amsterdam, during a walk-in clinic at the Parent and Child Team (Ouder- en Kindteam). In Amstelland, visit the Well-Baby Clinic (consultatiebureau). Click here for more information.
<24 weeks – Acknowledge the unborn baby
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 (at the city hall “stadsdeelkantoor”) in order for them to become the child’s legal parent. To read more and to make an appointment, click here. Make sure you hav e arranged this before 24 weeks.
25-30 weeks – Kraampakket
If you have a Dutch insurance it will supply a ‘kraampakket’ which is a box of the necessary goods for your delivery (for a home birth as well as a hospital birth) and postnatal weeks such as pads, gauzes etc. If you have a foreign insurance you can buy it at a pharmacy or at ‘Prenatal’.