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• If you do deliver your baby in a hospital, you can often be back at home the same day for postnatal (maternity) care. • Regular check-ups take place with the primary caregiver (midwife or obstetrician). • The routine prenatal testing recommended in the Netherlands is different from the guidelines in some other countries. • There are many types of birth preparation classes,. ACCESS (www.access-nl.org) can provide more info. • Finding a midwife or obstetrician/gynaecologist • Once your baby has arrived, you will be given assistance at home by a maternity nurse (kraamverzorgster); costs are usually covered by your insurance. • It is important to register for maternity care (kraamzorg) early in your pregnancy, as the nurses are sometimes in short supply. Your midwife will help you find one or check www.kraamzorg.nl (in Dutch). MATERNITY LEAVE • 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.

• As of July 1st 2020 there will be 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 employers 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). MENTAL HEALTHCARE • Moving to a new country can bring about mental challenges. • If you are having trouble sorting out your problems on your own, or you don’t know exactly what is wrong with you, you can go to your GP (huisarts). • Mild mental health problems can be treated by a GP, often working together with a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Your GP sometimes can also offer you online counselling (e-health).

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The Expat Survival Guide assists your first essential steps: finding a home and job, organising permits, setting up finances and healthcare,...

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The Expat Survival Guide assists your first essential steps: finding a home and job, organising permits, setting up finances and healthcare,...

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