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Post-natal care and examinations

The kraamverzorgster will continue the care and the feeding regime begun in hospital. Inform your huisarts (family doctor) of the birth and homecoming if he/she has not been present at the birth. He/she will visit you at an early stage to check that all is well. If you have been in the care of a midwife, she will also visit on alternate days. On the eighth or ninth day, blood will be taken for the PKU heel-prick test. This blood is used for laboratory tests for two specific congenital conditions. They are both very rare, both cause severe mental handicap if untreated, both can be treated if diagnosed early.

The post-natal examination approximately six weeks after delivery is usually carried out by the person who looked after you antenatally. If you have been transferred from midwife to obstetric care, the obstetrician will decide who should conduct post-natal examination.

The purpose of the examination is to check that wounds have healed satisfactorily and the uterus has returned to its normal non-pregnant size and position. If you are unsure what to do about family planning (geboorteregeling), this is a good opportunity to discuss it.