What will your baby to be look like? Is it a boy or a girl? Will everything be allright? The answer to all these questions you’ll only get after birth. Despite your due date no one knows exactly when your labour will start. In most cases though, it will be between the 37th and 42nd week of pregnancy.
When attending your midwife, she will tell you exactly when you should call her. Below you will find a brief overview.
Who do you call and when?
• If you’re worried during your pregnancy, or if you’re in pain.
• When you begin labour.
• If you are worried about your baby.
De Baker (020) 631 45 10
• Once your baby is born in hospital.
• When you come home from the hospital
Where will you give birth?
Giving birth at home
Thanks to the assistence of maternity nurses during delivery giving birth at home is as safe as giving birth in the hospital. The midwife and the maternity nurse accompany you during your labor. You don’t have to call us, your obstetrician will.
Your maternity nurse makes sure that all that’s necessary for the midwife, is taken care of and she helps you to be able to relax and focus on your labour.
When difficulties occur during delivery, the midwife carries the childbirth over to the gynecologist at a hospital.
Postpartum, the maternity nurse takes care of you and your baby, she performs the first checks and cleans the nursery. They’ll help you feeding your baby the first time and ensure that you’re able to hold your baby as soon as possible.
Giving birth in hospital
If your pregnancy is progressing normally, you can choose whether you want to give birth at home or in hospital. Are there medical complications during your pregnancy? Then, usually, you do not have this choice. To rule out any risk, you will be advised to give birth in the hospital.
- Without medical indication
When giving birth at the hospital, without medical indication, your midwife accompanies your birth, assisted by a (maternity) nurse. You will be charged for this. We do recommend to check your health insurance in advance to prevent you from unexpected costs afterwards.
• With medical indication
If there are complications (or if they are likely to occur) your midwife will refer you to a gynecologist. You will then be under the guidance of the gynecologist and a nurse at the hospital. Your obstetrician is not listed here.
Please bring the Growth Guide, that you’ve received from the intake staff, with you when you go to the hospital to give birth.
Please call us immediately when your baby is born: (020) 631 45 10.
We will then put all the details of your labour and of the birth in your file. Also when you have to stay longer in the hospital, please contact us as soon as it is known when you can go home.
We promptly arrange maternity care for you.
Your postpartum period begins
You can finally enjoy your baby or babies! We wish you a wonderful and carefree time together. We are proud that De Baker Maternity care may be at the beginning of many new lives. We hope that you can soon look back on a memorable postpartum period.