Giving birth and young children

The Netherlands boasts one of the best maternity and neonatal care systems in the world. However, the support and care given to young women through pregnancy and giving birth, may be quite different from what you are used to in your home country.

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Pregnancy and giving birth ➜

Read more about Pregnancy, Pain Medication, Choice of home or hospital birth, Centering Pregnancy, Antenatal testing and ultrasound examination

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The Dutch approach ➜

There is a unique combination of midwives and gynaecologists for the support of an expectant mother. Midwives guide the healthy pregnancies and regular births. A gynaecologist steps in when complications arise, for example in case of…

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Trying to conceive ➜

A lot of problems during pregnancy and later life of the child find their origin in beginning stages of the embryo and the placenta. By adopting a healthy lifestyle you can positively influence the circumstances in…

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Maternity care ➜

After delivery, a maternity care assistant will provide professional help at home. This type of maternity care is unique in the Netherlands and is called Kraamzorg. For at least a week after the birth, professional help…

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Youth healthcare ➜

Youth Health Care (Jeugdgezondheidszorg, JGZ) is a national service intended for all children up to 18 years. It is free of charge. During the first 14 days after delivery, a youth health care professional will visit…