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Expat Report Living in Leiden, Netherlands was published
Living-in-Leiden
What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?
I never contacted any, I have built my social life slowly, friends from work, or that I've met in different situations. (Continue)
Expat Report Having a Baby in Leiden, Netherlands was published
Having-a-Baby-in-Leiden
Describe your experience giving birth there. What type of facility did you go to? What (if any) type of pain management did you use? How long did you stay in the hospital? Was it a positive experience? Etc...
In the Netherlands if you have an uncomplicated pregnancy you can choose to give birth at home or in a hospital. I had high blood pressure so I had to give birth in a hospital. Women here do not receive an epidural unless the doctor or midwife thinks you need it. Natural childbirth is the norm here and that's what I had. Since my son was born almost 4 weeks early we both stayed in the hospital for 2 nights. Normally women go home very soon after the birth, within a few hours or so. I did have a positive experience but I would have liked an epidural! The great thing about the Netherlands is that you get home help after the baby is born. A specially trained home healthcare worker came to my house for 8 days, 6 hours a day. She helped take care of the baby, showed us how to take care of the baby and did housework! She was especially helpful with breast feeding! (Continue)

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