We highly recommend a pregnancy class if you are pregnant for the first time. For a subsequent pregnancy an abbreviated version is often enough, just to refresh your memory and make sure you take the time to stop and think about the arrival of the new baby. If you haven’t yet figured out which pregnancy class suits you best, then come and look around our midwifery clinic. There are brochures at both locations describing the various classes you can choose from. We have also listed a number of classes for you on our website.
If you are not married or not in a registered partnership, then have your partner acknowledge the unborn baby before you are 24 weeks pregnant. By arranging this in time you prevent any hassle afterwards and your partner can become the legal parent. Acknowledgement can be done at the civil registry of the municipality where you live. As the prospective mother you must be present. If your partner is a woman, she must acknowledge your unborn child at all times, even if you are married or are in a registered partnership.
A birth plan is not mandatory. It is a document for the care providers in which you record what you consider important or would want during the delivery. It can’t hurt to think about this in advance, but do consider that things could go differently than planned when giving birth. It may be that you suddenly want something else, or that the situation requires a different approach. However, it is still a good idea to have a birth plan because we will always stick to it if possible. All midwives at our clinic will be aware of it, and if we are forced to hand over the care to a gynaecologist, we will pass on this birth plan as well. You can download a standard format of such a plan here .
Hospital bag and preparation at home
Whether you wish to deliver at home or in the hospital, it is useful to have an emergency bag packed and ready to go, containing everything you need to take to hospital. It is also important to have everything ready at home from the 37th week onwards, even if you intend to deliver your baby in the hospital. During the birth information evening we will tell you exactly what to put in your hospital bag and have ready at home.