Pregnant in the Netherlands - what should I do?
In the Netherlands, unlike in our countries, pregnant women receive specialized care throughout pregnancy and childbirth, provided by a midwife or a general practitioner practicing obstetrics. They are specially trained to supervise a normal pregnancy and delivery. If you need specialized care during pregnancy or childbirth, you will be referred to an obstetrician at a nearby hospital. It happened to me and I'll tell you about it later.
As soon as you know you are pregnant, you should register with one of the midwifery companies and then you can make an appointment with the midwife. In Eindhoven we have several options when I became pregnant I decided to follow my entire pregnancy with 040.
It is extremely important for you to know that you do not need a referral from your GP, but he or she can inform you about suitable consultations in your region. However, this is not necessary.
After you have decided on a midwife and have registered online, you will receive an email and call to make an intake and move on to the next step which will be The first appointment usually takes place between 6 and 10 weeks of pregnancy.
The first midwife visit lasts about 45-60 minutes. During the appointment the following elements are usually discussed:
Anamnesis. The anamnesis is an interview in which your medical history and your partner's medical history are essential.
External examination. The midwife will do a physical examination. Your blood pressure will be taken and the midwife will gently press on your bare abdomen. This will determine the height of your uterus. If you are less than 12 weeks pregnant, it is still difficult to feel. However, it is important to investigate. This way you can estimate the growth of your baby.
Please ask whatever question you want.
A large part of your first appointment will consist of answering questions. The midwife will try to get an idea of your state of health. Your family's medical problems are also discussed. In this way, the possible risks for you and your child can be properly assessed. This interview is called anamnesis in medical terms.
Remember If you don't feel connection with the midwife you can change the company or the company can change the midwife for you. It is important that you feel comfortable with your midwife. But normally you never have the meeting with only one in my case I saw 4 diferents midwife in all my pregnancy in the same company every appoinment was diferent.
You can prepare it at home with the following form here is a sample with regular questions.
Pregnancy blood tests
During your first appointment, the midwife will give you an order for blood tests in Eindhoven. You have to call and give a code number that you will find on the sheets you are given and she will take blood or ask you to have it taken at the hospital. This can be used to identify certain problems, such as venereal diseases and blood disorders.
What do you need to bring for the first meeting with the midwife?
Your identity card
Your insurance card
The date of your last menstrual period
Information about any previous pregnancies (if you have had any).
Hope this information help :) and See you next Pregnant series :) Remember, always have courage and always be kind,