maternity care

Maternity care: Arranged

Health

Maternity care is reimbursed from basic health insurance but does have a personal contribution. In 2020 this personal contribution is $ 7.38per hour. Depending on how you are insured, this personal contribution may be reimbursed from your supplementary insurance. Check with your health insurer which maternity centers they have a contract with.

Maternity care: Quality

The quality of care is of course very important, ask your midwife if she has experience with the maternity center you want to choose.

There are different forms of maternity care, you choose what suits you best. Of course you should know what to expect from a maternity nurse.
In addition to the different forms of maternity care, it also makes a difference per maternity center how flexible they are in terms of working hours. For example, if your partner works irregular shifts, it is possible at some maternity centers to receive maternity care outside standard office hours.

If you are going to breastfeed, it is important that you check whether the maternity center of your choice is pro-breastfeeding and, for example, employs lactation consultants (breast nutritionists) who can be called in if the breastfeeding does not go well right away.

Arrange your maternity care on time. Basically for the 16th week

Maternity care: What types of maternity care are there?

Full maternity care: With this form of care you have help for 6 to 8 days. The maternity nurse takes care of you, your baby, and any other children.
In the household, she does the things that are necessary for good hygiene for mother and child.

A maternity nurse is not a maid!

The maternity nurse assists you on all fronts, she teaches you to bathe the baby, helps you with feeding, and solves all daily problems with mother and child.
If you choose this form of maternity nurse, you can fully recover from your birth yourself and after 8 days you will have learned so much from your maternity nurse that you can handle the care of your baby yourself.

The number of hours of maternity care you receive is determined on the basis of the national indication protocol and is on average 49 hours for breastfeeding and 45 hours for bottle feeding.

During the intake that an employee of the maternity center conducts during the pregnancy, it is assessed whether you most likely have enough of these hours. In special situations, extra hours may be allocated.

After the birth, your midwife will determine whether the number of hours of care is sufficient. More hours can be allocated in the event of problems or special situations during maternity days. Your midwife must provide the indication for this.

Partial maternity care: You will
have help for 4 hours a day. The maternity nurse will help you with bathing, changing, etc. But she won’t have much time left to take care of the visitors or to cook.
She will also have less time to talk everything through with you and to teach you everything. This form of maternity care is less suitable if you do not have anyone else at home who can help you. If you have a partner or mother who would like to stall with you, you can choose this form

Neighborhood care:
The maternity nurse comes for an hour twice a day for the first 4 days and 1 x a day for the last 4 days. She only comes to care for baby and mother.

Other than that, she doesn’t take anything off your hands. This form of care is only suitable if you have a good private maternity nurse. For example, an experienced mother, girlfriend, or partner who knows what to do.

A mother does have experience in caring for the baby and can pamper you, but medical knowledge, which a maternity nurse does have, is lacking!

What does a maternity nurse do and what not?

Maternity care during childbirth

In the case of home birth, the maternity nurse is called by the midwife. Depending on what you have agreed, the maternity nurse will come to you at the start of the delivery to provide you with extra support or only when you are about 8 cm dilated, where she mainly comes to assist the midwife.

Maternity care during the maternity days

Your maternity nurse is, if all is well, your support in the first 7-8 days after the birth. She will teach you everything you need to know about taking care of the baby, she will help you latch on (if you are breastfeeding) or explain how to prepare bottle feeding.
Gives you all kinds of tips for when the baby cries at night, etc. Take care if you don’t like it for a while and knows all kinds of tricks to make everything go as smoothly as possible.

A maternity nurse keeps your household smooth, but is not a maid!

The activities below are highly dependent on the number of hours of care you have chosen and the number of hours that have been allocated to you and the situation in the family. You can imagine that there is less time left for the household if there are several children in the family or if there are certain problems.

  • She keeps the shower and toilet clean.
  • She will change your bed and baby cot daily.
  • When the time is right she will dust and vacuum to keep it smooth, but you shouldn’t expect the maternity nurse to clean your whole house.
  • She cooks for the whole family.
  • She provides your visitors with coffee, etc
  • And then she also has time left to chat with you and go through all the things. Most maternity nurses have a lot of experience with everything that comes with caring for a baby and also all the emotions that a delivery and a baby entail. So you can talk freely about all things with her, she will not easily find something crazy, she has experienced most things many times before.
  • The maternity nurse is the link between you and the midwife. She will report details to your midwife during the midwife’s visits and will call the midwife if she finds any abnormalities.

Of course, you can’t expect all this if you don’t have a maternity nurse all day long. For example, if you have chosen to apply for a district maternity nurse, the maternity nurse will not do more than take care of the baby and you.

Your maternity nurse is, if all goes well, your mainstay in the first 8 days after the birth.

She will teach you everything you need to know about caring for the baby, she will help you latch on (if you are breastfeeding) or explain how to prepare bottle feeding. Gives you all kinds of tips for when the baby cries at night, etc. Cheers you if you don’t like it for a while and knows all kinds of tricks to make things go as smoothly as possible.

She also keeps the household smooth, but a maternity nurse is not a maid!

The activities below are highly dependent on the number of hours of care you have been assigned and the situation in the family. You can imagine that there is less time left for the household if there are several children in the family or if there are certain problems:

  • She keeps the shower and toilet clean.
  • She will change your bed and baby cot daily.
  • When the time is right she will dust and vacuum to keep it smooth, but you shouldn’t expect the maternity nurse to clean your whole house.
  • She also cooks for the whole family.
  • And she provides your visitors with coffee, etc.

And she also has time left to chat with you and go through all the things.
Most maternity nurses have a lot of experience with everything that comes with caring for a baby and also all the emotions that delivery and a baby entail. So you can talk freely about all things with her, she will not easily find something crazy, she has experienced most things many times before.

In addition, the maternity nurse is the link between you and the midwife.

She will report details to your midwife during the midwife’s visits and will call the midwife if she finds any abnormalities.
Of course, you can’t expect all this if you don’t have a maternity nurse all day long. For example, if you have chosen to request a district maternity nurse, the maternity nurse will not do more than take care of the baby and you.