Kraamzorg (postnatal maternity care) in the Netherlands

What is kraamzorg?

Every pregnant woman in the Netherlands has the right to postnatal maternity care. Kraamzorg (postnatal maternity care) is the term given to the medical service provided by a kraamverzorgende (maternity aide) to the new mother and her baby.  Normally, 49 hours of service is provided over a period of eight days following delivery. However, the hours you are entitled to it will vary depending on the particular circumstances.

What is the role of a kraamverzorgende (maternity nurse)?

How much will the kraamzorg cost me?

What is a 'doula' and what can she help me with?