• You should register with a midwife early in your first trimester; Your huisarts can recommend one to you • Ortho is not covered by basic insurance. It possible or visit the website of the Royal Dutch Association of to take out supplementary insurance for this. For Midwives (www.knov.nl). children under 18 one of the parents needs to take out • Pain medication during delivery is not standard. Should this insurance. you prefer to have pain medication or a hospital birth, • If you have orthodontic gear on before arriving to the let your midwife know within the first few months of Netherlands, some research will be done to see which your pregnancy. orthodontist can continue the care. • Expectant mothers with certain sorts of medical conditions or complications will be handled by an HEALTHCARE FOR CHILDREN obstetrician (gynaecologist), which will have you automatically deliver in the hospital. • Some hospitals have birth centres or nearby birthing • All aspects of children’s growth and development from birth up to 18 years old are covered by Youth Healthcare “hotels”, where the environment is made more “homely”. • If you do deliver your baby in a hospital, you can (JGZ – “Jeugd Gezondheidszorg”), a national service. • Your GP can provide you with the details. You can also often be back at home the same day for postnatal search for your local “JGZ”. (maternity) care. • Inoculations and checks from birth to age four take place • Regular check-ups take place with the primary caregiver (midwife or obstetrician). at the consultatiebureau, which is part of the JGZ service. Expect a big check-up just before starting school. • The routine prenatal testing recommended in the Netherlands is different from the guidelines in some • For childhood immunisations, you may wish to check with JGZ whether the Dutch immunisation scheme is the same other countries. as the one from your home country. • There are many types of birth preparation classes. ACCESS (www.access-nl.org) can provide more info. HOSPITALS FINDING A MIDWIFE OR OBSTETRICIAN/GYNAECOLOGIST • At the hospital, “accident and emergency” or “ER” is called “SEH” (spoedeisende hulp). • Once your baby has arrived, you will be given assistance • In case of a life-threatening emergency always call 112. at home by a maternity nurse (kraamverzorgster); costs • For a hospital admission for non-emergency treatment are usually covered by your insurance. you need a referral from your GP. • It is important to register for maternity care (kraamzorg) • In case of admission, keep your insurance company early in your pregnancy, as the nurses are sometimes in informed and check your policy. Not all policies fully short supply. Your midwife will help you find one or check cover all services at a particular hospital. www.kraamzorg.nl (in Dutch). PHARMACIES
• Pharmacists can give advice for minor complaints. • Drogists supply over-the-counter remedies, while the apotheek (pharmacy) handles prescription drugs. • Once you have located a huisarts, you need to locate a pharmacy (apotheek) for prescriptions. • If this pharmacy deals with your particular insurance scheme, you won’t have to pay bills directly. Pharmacy services vary, so look for one that has the services you need. • Pharmacies in the Netherlands take your contact and insurance information and then consider you a longterm client (although it is possible to fill prescriptions elsewhere, if needed). • If you have been treated at a hospital, you can sometimes fill your prescription at an onsite pharmacy. They can also be ordered online but check that this online pharmacy is safe.
• New mothers are entitled to 16-weeks minimum paid maternity leave in the Netherlands that must start within 4-6 weeks before their due date. • Partners can take a number of (paid) days off within 4 weeks after the child is born. The number of days is equal to the number of days per working week that the partner is employed. • Since July 1st 2020 there is the option of 5 weeks additional partner leave against 70% of pay (a maximum applies). • During maternity leave, mothers are entitled to 100 percent of their earnings paid out by their employer or the Uitvoeringsinstituut Werknemers Verzekeringen (UWV). • Self-employed mothers are equally entitled to paid leave, but the amount depends on the hours worked in the last 12 months. • Parents are also allowed to take increments of unpaid parenting leave (ouderschapsverlof) totalling six months, until a child is 8 years old. As part of this, fathers are increasingly taking one day a week for child care, known as “Daddy day”(papadag).
HAVING A BABY • The Netherlands has a strong tradition in prenatal care and natural childbirths. • A midwife — an independent medical practitioner with a 4 year bachelor degree — will generally be your sole care provider during your pregnancy and delivery.
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