The ACCESS Guide "Having a Baby in the Netherlands" has been developed for the International Community to help answer some of the questions that arise when having a baby in the Netherlands: choosing a midwife, delivery, hospitals, pain relief, childbirth and baby courses, administration…
Many Dutch terms are used throughout this guide, but with the English equivalent beside them.
Giving birth in the Netherlands
When you are an expat living away from home, having a baby can be an overwhelming experience, but it need not be a stressful one. It is important you carefully research all your options. You will need to make good decisions ahead of time to insure that you get the kind of birth that you will be comfortable with.
You will find that the health care system in the Netherlands provides well-organized care. However, many practices here may differ from what is usually done in your home country. For instance, more than 60% of Dutch women get pregnant, have a baby and go home without seeing a gynaecologist once. Home births and using only a midwife to assist are also fairly common practices here - although the numbers are declining.
In general, there is a natural, non-interventionist approach to medical and maternity care in theNetherlands. It is also known that doctors tend to provide less information to their patients about their conditions, and there is far less preventative screening than in many other western countries.
Professionals offering Baby Birth Courses for Expats :
Chitra is a certified HypnoBirthing Practitioner & Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator. She enjoys her role as someone who can support, help and guide a family during Pregnancy, Childbirth, Breastfeeding and Postpartum. Chitra is currently in the process of completing Hypno Fertility Educator certificate through HypnoBirthing Institute. For more information visit : www.akriti.nl
Ria is a qualified antenatal teacher with over 15 years experience. Ria trained with the Stichting ter Verbreiding van de Psycho Prophylaxes Method, a Dutch Lamaze variant. She is a lactation consultant, personal coach and is qualified to teach Baby Massage. Ria is in the process of obtaining the official Lamaze Trainer Certificate so she can train others to give this wonderful course. For more information visit : www.bevallenkananders.nl/en
Truus has over 25 years experience in Dutch midwifery and related areas. She holds a Dutch equivalent of a BA in Educational Sciences from Amsterdam University and graduated from Amsterdam Midwifery College in 1988. Truus has been an ACCESS trainer since 2005, specialised in prenatal individual or group information sessions for expat couples expecting a baby in the Netherlands. For more information visit : www.childbirthclassgale.com