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Giving birth

Can I choose to give birth in a hospital?

Are the costs for giving birth covered by my Dutch health insurance?

What will happen if I choose to give birth at home?

Will I be able to get pain relief?

Which are the options for delivering a baby in the Netherlands?

Low-risk women may choose whether to give birth at home, in a hospital or a birth centre. If you have an increased obstetrical risk, the birth will be supervised by an obstetrician.

Thuis bevallen (home birth)                                                                                                        

If a woman chooses a home birth, her primary care verloskundige (midwife) will attend her birth, aided by a kraamverzorgster (maternity aide). The insurance company usually provides a maternity box and the midwife will bring her own equipment, which always includes a neonatal resuscitation set and oxygen. If complications arise, the midwife will refer the patient to an obstetrician or paediatrician in a hospital. Every hospital in the Netherlands accepts these referrals from primary care midwives.

Poliklinisch or geboortecentrum bevallen (hospital or birth centre)

The birth is attended by the same primary care midwife who provided care during the pregnancy. The midwife will also provide the postnatal care at home. The midwife is assisted by a (obstetric) nurse who is employed by the hospital. Both options are considered outpatient clinics, meaning the mother will usually stay less than 24 hours in the hospital or the birth centre.

Ziekenhuisbevalling (hospital birth with medical necessity)

Women who have an increased obstetrical risk be referred to a hospital and therefore there will not be extra costs. The birth will be supervised by an obstetrician assisted by a clinical midwife, a general doctor or an obstetrician in training.

You can find more information about the different places you can give birth here.