Postpartum Period

Postpartum period

The postpartum period is a special time for you and your partner, but also for your family and friends. A maternity nurse will lend you a hand during the first 8 days after childbirth. She will be with you for 3 to 8 hours a day, depending on what you need and what you agreed upon with the maternity care agency. It is our duty to monitor your health. We will visit you at home.

During the visits, we will check the results of the medical checkups done by the maternity nurse. We will discuss how the feedings are going and if necessary, we will give you some additional information. Above all, we are eager to see how you are doing. Are you feeling alright? Or are you feeling sad or emotional? How did you experience the delivery? How are you adjusting to your new (family) life with your baby? We will ask you all these questions, because it is very well possible that you are not feeling good at all. Becoming a parent as specially the first time that can be very impactful. Your whole world, as you know it, changes. And it’s okay to need time to adjust and it’s okay to not be on cloud nine immediately. But if you are having a hard time, we will be there for you, and if necessary, we will make sure you get professional help.

Postpartum period

Registering the birth

In the Netherlands, you should register the birth of your child within three working days. You can register the birth at City Hall. If you are married or if your partner has acknowledged the child during the pregnancy, your partner can register the birth of your child. Take with you :

  • You and/or your partner will need to bring both your passports and the birth certificate
  • If you are unmarried, you will also need to bring the acknowledgement of parenthood certificate

Not mandatory but can be handy:

  • date and time of birth

  • complete name (or names) of your child

At the city hall you need to make an appointment. You can make an appointment online or via phone: number 14055