What is maternity care?
The purpose of maternity care is to aid the recovery of the mother and provide her with advice and assistance to care for her newborn. A maternity nurse comes to your home every day during the first eight days after delivery. Maternity nurses, who are trained health care professionals, take care of the mother, baby and the rest of the family. Maternity care is translated into Dutch as ‘kraamzorg’.
Maternity care as we know it in the Netherlands is unique. No other country in the world has this form of in-home maternity care.
What does a maternity nurse do?
A maternity nurse has the following tasks:
- Assisting the midwife during a planned home birth
- Check the mother (pulse, temperature, stitches, belly, breasts, blood loss and observe condition of the mother)
- Check the baby ( temperature, colour of the skin, feedings, observe condition of the baby)
- Help and explanation with breastfeeding
- Providing information about many different topics
- Cleaning your bedroom/living room/bathroom
- If there’s enough time: taking care of siblings
Is maternity care mandatory?
If you don’t take maternity care then we cannot provide optimal care for you. The maternity nurse has an important signalling function, without her we can’t do our job properly. So although it is not mandatory to take maternity care we strongly advise you to register for it.
How much will maternity care cost?
Maternity care is included in basic health insurance policies, although there is a personal contribution of € 4,20 per hour. The basic package contains 49 hours of maternity care spread out over eight days, calculated from the birth of the child. The minimum package contains 24 hours of maternity care. During an intake interview the number of hours will be established.
Sign up for maternity care after your first ulstrasound but before 16 weeks.
There are several organizations that provide maternity care in Utrecht. You can choose yourself which organizations you want to register at. There are two organizations that we work with a lot:
After your first consultation with us you will be asked to have a blood test taken at one of the GP labs in the area (SALTRO). The blood test form will have the website with the addresses and opening times of the appropriate locations on it. You do not need to make an appointment. Remember to bring proof of insurance. The brochure ‘Zwanger!’ explains what we will test your blood for. We supply the blood test form and this brochure at your first appointment. Normally we should have the results of your blood test available at your second appointment. If the results raise any concerns, we will contact you beforehand.
Registration / naming
If you and your partner are not married, the father can register as such with the local register office. It is only when the father acknowledges the child that the child has a legal father. The easiest way is to acknowledge the child before it is born (acknowledgement unborn child). We advice to do this before 24 weeks of pregnancy. Bring your proof of identity to the register office when doing so. After acknowledging the unborn child, the father to be will take home the certificate, which needs to be incorporated into the birth certificate when registering the birth. Acknowledgement of the child does not mean the father has automatic parental responsibility. This must be submitted for approval to the magistrate. Ask the register office for more information.
The address of the Register Office is:
Opening hours: 8.30am to 5.30pm on business days (Thursday to 9.00pm). Please note: You will need an appointment!
Phone: 14 03 0
For more information, please visit www.utrecht.nl.
This package contains a variety of essentials for the delivery and the maternity period. Usually you will receive this package from your (supplementary) healthcare insurer.
Should you not receive this package through your health insurance, then you will need to purchase these items yourself. This also applies when you chose a hospital birth. You will find a list of what you need in the contractions brochure.
For the delivery and the maternity period it is necessary to raise the bed up to 70 cm. This can be done using bed risers or blocks (available at the home care shop). We also need you to get a bedpan. From the 37th week of your pregnancy these items can be rented from the home care shop (Medi Point, Zamenhofdreef 95 Utrecht).