Leaving the Hospital: Hospital and Birthing Center births
Hospital labour & delivery wards’ in the Netherlands are generally quickly turning over patient admission and discharge rates. This simply means mothers are sent home rather quickly after birthing their child (should no complications occur during delivery). Hence the Dutch maternity care/ kraamzorg concept of a health care provider continuing care for both mom and baby at home in their first 8 days.
Health assessments will be made on both mother and child to monitor progresses; mom can expect checks including vital signs, uterine, breast and suture condition assessments where applicable.
Checks for baby include close temperature and weight daily monitoring, head-to- toe assessments, as well as intake and output tracking.
Meeting you at Home: Home births
The beauty of assisting at a home birth allows me to be an active component to mom and baby’s care, straight from the beginning. This means I am able to have a complete account of the labour and delivery without potential gaps from referring to medical records and patient reports for the days to come. In turn, I am able to use my discretion on health assessments where needed throughout the week and offer you my fullest approach in holistic care.