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Croatian, Za vise informacija na hrvatskom jeziku, molimo kontaktirajte Tamaru, tamara@homeinleiden.nl

German, Wenn Du weitere Informationen auf Deutsch brauchst, wende Dich bitte an Dorothea, dorothea@homeinleiden.nl

Danish, For mere information paa Dansk kan De kontakte Heidi. ckb.hw@wxs.nl

Hebrew, michalstup@hotmail.com

Russian, u.jurik@yahoo.com

Czech, Pro více informací v ceském jazyce kontaktujte prosím eva.pentel@seznam.cz

Japanese, mari@homeinleiden.nl

French, Pour plus d'informations en français, vous pouvez contacter Claire Caron sur clairecaron@hotmail.com

Polish, Po dodatkowe informacje w jezyku polskim kontakt d.tomkiewicz@gmail.com or lidiacichocka@op.pl

Spanish, Si quieres más información en castellano, no dudes en ponerte en contacto conmigo, Laura laura@homeinleiden.nl

Indian, Please contact Rippy at rippy@homeinleiden.nl if you'd like help in Hindi or Punjabi.

Diana Jekina, djekina@hotmail.com.

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PREGNANCY AND BIRTH

  1. Intro
  2. Midwife practices in Leiden
  3. Homebirth or Hospital birth?
  4. Pregnancy
  5. Homebirth
  6. Hospital birth
  7. The 'Kraamperiode'
 

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Intro

In my experience, having a baby in this country is a great experience, but you need to be prepared to be pro-active, determined, and open to a different system. In the Netherlands, in general it is midwives rather than doctors who deal with childbirth. Once you find out you are pregnant (and I'm afraid you'll have to pay for your own stick to pee on: buy a 'clear blue' or 'predictor' set in the Apotheek: no freebies at the doctor here!) you decide what sort of birth you want, choose your own midwife practice and make a registration appointment with them. If you tell your GP that you are pregnant he won't be very interested (I skipped in, all keen and starry-eyed, only to be told that it wasn't his business and here was a list of the midwives..). Almost all healthcare professionals speak fairly good English, so don't panic. The first thing to do is to choose a midwife practice and ring them up to make an appointment. As far as I know, they are all nice:

 

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