Healthcare for Internationals

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 high bloodpressure or diabetes. A midwife (who has a 4 year bachelor degree) is primarily a medical expert. At the same time, she is also a coach and a confidant during the whole pregnancy period.

After delivery, a maternity assistant will provide professional help at home. This type of maternity care is unique to the Netherlands and is called Kraamzorg.

After birth, Dutch youth healthcare will provide services until your child turns 18, providing advice, health checks and an immunisation program.