As your pregnancy progresses, your body becomes more and more prepared for childbirth. That is wonderful, but it is also important to take care of practicalities in a timely fashion. Here, we list the things you must or can arrange in order to be prepared for childbirth.
Do you have specific wishes in relation to childbirth? Or any particular concerns? Then ensure that your midwife or gynaecologist knows. By discussing your preferences with us, we can ensure this information is already known to our midwives and we can inform the gynaecologist, who may need to take over management of your labour. You can also use our guide to compose a childbirth plan. We will keep it in your file.
A pregnancy course is highly recommended if this is your first pregnancy. The shortened version is often sufficient for subsequent pregnancies, just as a refresher and an opportunity to take time out to consider the arrival of your new baby. Are you not yet sure which pregnancy course is best suited to you? Then have a look round our midwifery practice. At both practices, we have brochures on the different courses from which you can choose.
If you are unmarried and have no registered partnership, have your partner registered as the father of the unborn baby before you are 24 weeks pregnant. By arranging this in good time, you avoid any inconvenience later and your partner is recognised as the legal father. Registration can be arranged via the register office of the municipality in which you live. As the prospective mother, you must also attend in person.
If you need to give birth under the care of a gynaecologist for medical reasons, you can still request that we take care of your postnatal checks after childbirth. You can call us during your pregnancy to request and register for this service. We will then visit you at home during the first week after childbirth to check on mother and child. Ensure that your gynaecologist knows which midwifery practice is managing your postnatal checks.
Notify your health insurance provider of your pregnancy. If your insurance entitles you to a maternity package, this will be sent to you automatically. If this is not covered by your insurance, you can obtain an off-the-shelf maternity package from your pharmacist or chemist.