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ACCESS NL > Healthcare in the Netherlands > Having a baby in the Netherlands > Dutch consultatiebureau (Children’s health clinic)
Your verloskundige (midwife) will visit you at home in the first week after the baby is born. If you have seen an obstetrician instead of a midwife, you must go to their clinic for appointments, or arrange for your doctor or midwife to visit you at home.
You may have a final postnatal check-up six weeks after the baby is born at your midwife’s practice or in the hospital.
Preventative healthcare is the primary goal of the consultatiebureau (child health clinic). It provides vaccinations free of charge and checks the growth and development of babies and toddlers up to four years of age under the guidance of resident nurses and doctors.
Your child is automatically registered with your nearest child health clinic the moment you register your baby. This is done at the stadhuis (town hall) of the town where the baby was born, within the department of municipal population affairs. Shortly after, a child health clinic nurse will pay an initial visit to your home. During this visit, the nurse will gather your child’s medical history, explain how the child health clinic system works, give you a copy of the ‘groei op’ book (there is an English version of this book called ‘growth guide’ that is available in some areas of the Netherlands). The growth guide outlines a baby’s first years of development, supplies important phone numbers, lists appointments you have attended at the clinic, records vaccinations, and charts your baby’s height and weight. It will also provide you with the name and address of your nearest child health clinic. If you do not have this book, your family doctor or midwife can direct you to your nearest child health clinic.
Please note that any vaccinations for your child will be given at the child health clinic. Click here for more information.
Once your baby/child has been registered in the gemeente (municipality) – because your child was born abroad and you just moved to the Netherlands or you have just given birth in the Netherlands – you will receive an invitation from the consultatiebureau (child health clinic) in order to make your first appointment.
If your child is not registered at the municipality, for example if you have privileged status, you can contact your closest child health clinic directly and register your child yourself. If you have a newborn, it can be worth asking your kraamzorgende (maternity nurse) for help in doing so. During the first year, you will visit the child health clinic approximately eight times and then a few times each successive year until your child is four years old.
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