Homebirth with a midwife

Looking for a practice for homebirth with a midwife? While a birth itself is, of course, a universal event and happens the same way around the world, there are many differences in how it is approached. The Netherlands is unique in many ways in the way birth care is organized. Giving birth in the Netherlands is therefore very different from other countries in Europe, let alone other countries around the world.

Midwife for homebirth

In the Netherlands, you can visit both an obstetrician and a gynaecologist during your pregnancy. In the case of an uncomplicated pregnancy and delivery, the midwife will guide you through this. If there are complications during pregnancy or childbirth or if more specialist care is required for any other reason, you should go to a gynaecologist. In the Netherlands we also make a distinction between university and regional hospitals. In university hospitals you go for even more complicated care compared to a regional hospital.

At midwifery practice Breedstraat we have short lines with all hospitals in the region. There is a gynaecologist from the Diakonessenhuis who holds consultations with us every 6-8 weeks at the practice. So if there is a consultation situation or you need extra care for another reason, this can also simply take place at our practice. We call this poli on location.

Home or hospitalIf you are going to give birth in the Netherlands and the pregnancy is uncomplicated, you can choose where you want to give birth. You can choose whether you want to give birth at home or in the hospital. This is also unique in the Netherlands compared to other countries. Abroad it is much less common to give birth at home, and therefore there are more risks involved. In the Netherlands, almost all people live close to a hospital and we have good cooperation agreements, which means that a birth in the hospital is just as safe as at home. In fact, giving birth at home is slightly safer than in the hospital because you have less chance of interventions. Interventions such as pain relief or contraction inducers can cause other complications. This freedom of choice is a great asset!VisionThere is also a real difference of vision about childbirth in the Netherlands compared to other countries. There is often more medicalization outside the Netherlands, and interventions are taken more quickly, even if these are not scientifically substantiated interventions.

Pain relief for homebirth

Pain relief is also more often chosen, where this is a conscious choice here, it is sometimes standard care abroad. Whether this is right or wrong is a personal choice for everyone. That is why it is so nice that you can make your own choices in the Netherlands, and we support you in this.maternity careIf your delivery went well, in most cases you will go home after a few hours. Abroad, you often stay in hospital for a few days. The reason why this is not necessary in the Netherlands is maternity care. A maternity nurse comes to your home every day for 8-10 days and helps you with the care of the baby. She checks with both mother and child whether everything is going well. In fact, you have much longer professional care after the birth than when you give birth abroad. Maternity care is a unique concept that everyone is very happy with.


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