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Having a baby


Maternity care in the Netherlands has an excellent reputation. There is a strong emphasis on natural childbirth (drug free with minimal medical intervention). If however, problems are anticipated or occur unexpectedly, the hospital based obstetric team will take over.

Most women take a home pregnancy (zwanger - pregnant, zwangerschap - pregnancy) test, for which kits are available at the drugstore/pharmacy. You can request a confirmation blood test at your doctors. 

In this section:

Selecting a carer and location of delivery
Ante-natal care
Ante-natal courses
Labour and delivery
Post-natal help - Kraamverzorgster
Post-natal care and examinations
Dutch customs
Important terms