The first week after the baby is born is going to be very busy, emotional and tiring. You need to adjust yourself to the new situation !
Congratulations !! Your baby is born ! You must be very busy with adjusting to the new situation and overwhelmed with the feelings. Here is the list of things you need to do in the first week after the baby is born :
1. Kraamzorg Inform Kraamzorg from the hospital itself as soon as your baby is born. If baby is born in the night, inform them in the next morning. Kraamzorg nurse will be there for you for the first week after the birth. However it can be extended for another 2 days if you request your midwife. All the report made by kraamzorg is shared with your midwife.
2. Midwife visits Your midwife will come to your home often to visit you to check on your health and your baby health. Also to check on your experience with the delivery. Midwife will give you a call before coming.
3. Lactation consultant If you are experiencing problems with the breastfeeding and kraamzorg is unable to help, you can also opt for a lactation consultant. The consultancy is not included in the basic insurance. You can get more information from kraamzorg nurse on this.
4. Register at Gemeente/Municipality You must register the birth at the municipality with in three days. You will then get a birth certificate from Gemeente at a cost of Eur 13. You can have a look at here on the steps on how to do.
5. Receive the BSN number of your child Once you register the birth at municipality, you will get a BSN number within few days at your home via post.
6. Add your child to the Insurance As soon as you have the birth certificate, you should add your child to your insurance. There is no extra fee for the insurance.
7. Heel Prick and Hearing test Heel prick and hearing test will be done by an employee of GGD. Someone will come to your house without appointment or call within 4 to 6 days after the birth. You need not have to contact anyone for this. More information on the tests can be found here.
First of all Congratulations. The journey of pregnancy is long, tiring yet a very beautiful one !
You know you are pregnant and you are in the Netherlands. Do not know what are the next steps? Should you call a GP or huisarts or midwife for the questions and checkup?
Well, do not worry at all. Here is our guide on what to expect in the upcoming weeks, once you know you are pregnant.
1. As soon as you know that you are pregnant, Find a Verloskundige(Midwife) Who is Verloskundige? Midwife in the Netherlands are called verloskundige in dutch. Once you know you are pregnant, immediately call a midwife to take an appointment.There is no referral needed from doctor. You can find the midwife within or near your area here. The midwife guides you during your pregnancy and perform all the checkups,scans etc and prepare you for the delivery. Midwife keeps an eye on your health and also of the baby. You can choose a midwife of your choice and call them to register. You will be invited for an Intake and registration. At the intake appointment, general questions about your illness, ailments, use of medications, allergies, height, weight, health of your partner and relatives etc will be checked and details will be added to the file. Just that you know, all midwife practices are organized and work differently from each other. If you have any illness or special condition such as diabetic then you will be referred to specialist or gynaecologists who will then handle your pregnancy journey instead of the midwife. Tip : You will need at least a basic insurance to cover up the expenses of midwife.
2. Ultrasounds All the ultrasounds and checkups will be done by midwife and in their facilities. First ultrasound is around 8 weeks. After that checkups will be done every 4 weeks. The appointments are usually not more than 15 min. During the checkup, your blood pressure, growth of the belly and the baby, your health and baby’s heartbeat will be checked. Usually schedule of the checkup’s is as below : – 1st checkup/ultrasound : 8 to 10 weeks – Term ultrasound : 10-12 weeks – 2nd checkup : 14-16 weeks – 16-24 weeks : checkup every 4 weeks – 24 to 30 weeks : checkup every 3 weeks – 30 to 36 weeks : checkup every 2 weeks – 36 to 42 weeks : checkup every week
3. Prenatal Screening Decide before or within 8 weeks of pregnancy, whether you want to go for a prenatal screening. Most child’s are born healthy. However it is possible in the Netherlands to have you unborn baby tested for a number of congenital disorders. This involves the two screening. Both the screenings optional to choose. – The screening for Down, Edwards and Patau syndromes – The screening for fetal anomaly. This is a 20 week ultrasound scan.
Your midwife will also inform you about these tests. You can ask your midwife on the hospitals where the tests can be performed.
5. Apply for an insurance kit(Kraampakket) Call your insurer and inform that you are pregnant. It is mandatory to have a maternity package from insurance. The package contains everything you need for your delivery and first days afterwards such as medical products, maternity dressings, mattress protectors etc.
4. Arrange Kraamzorg (Maternity Care) There is no country in the world apart from Netherlands that provides a carer who supports women during or after childbirth. Kraamzorg provide assistance during the first week of the your baby arrival. It is important that you rest to be able to recover and adjust to the new situation. There is a concept of Kraamzorg(Maternity care carer) to help you out with the below tasks during the first week after delivery. – Checks on you and your baby – Guidance with breastfeeding – Supports with everyday household work – Takes care of preparation of meals(if you like) – a few other additional tasks Always register at the Kraamzorg as early as possible(betweek 12 to 20 week of pregnancy) as they are also very busy specially during summer period(a lot of babies are born during summer in Netherlands). The intake usually happen between 30 to 36 weeks pregnancy. Tip : Always request a kraamzorg with breastfeeding expert during the intake.
5. Arrange a Maternity leave If you are working, then you need to have maternity leaves arranged. For that you will need a pregnancy statement from your midwife. The pregnancy statement states that you are pregnant and the expected delivery date for you. You may take leave upto 6 weeks before the due date. However it is mandatory to stop working at least 4 weeks before the due date. The total leave lasts 16 weeks. So you always have atleast 10 weeks after the child birth.You will receive maternity benefits equal to your salary. If you have a partner, the partner is entitled to upto 5 weeks of leave within 6 months of child birth. This is applicable starting 1st July 2020. Partner will get 70% of salary from uwv. The first 6 months after giving birth, you are entitled to take additional breaks for pumping. From next year, the number of leave for pregnant woman and partner is going to be increased.
6. Decide where you want to give birth Decide early on where you want to give birth? Would it be a home birth or a hospital birth? It is a tradition within Netherlands to give birth at home. If you plan to give birth at home, the kraamzorg nurse will come to you before the birth to guide and support you. All the costs are covered within your insurance. If you plan to give birth at the hospital, you will call the midwife. Midwife will come to your home to do a checkup and then assist you to the hospital. Note that full costs of delivery is not included in the insurance.
7. Prepare a bag for your delivery day Prepare a bag with all the necessary things required for delivery. This must include clothes for your baby, comfortable clothes for yourself, a towel for yourself, Slippers. You will get a big list from midwife, not everything is important or mandatory.