What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?
How recently did you give birth in the country that you are reporting on?
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...
My son was born at the main hospital here in Dordrecht. We were planning a homebirth, but I had to deliver at the hospital due to medical reasons.
They broke my water at 1 pm, and I was later given an IV to onset the contractions. That was was not fun, but it wasn't too bad. I gave birth to my son just after 9 pm.
We stayed overnight at the hospital for observation, and we were released to go home later the next morning.
Overall, I had a great birth experience. The medical staff was very friendly, understanding, and helpful. They also spoke an adequate amount of English, which was great.
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How did you choose your doctor, midwife or other type of medical professional?
My husband and I had recently moved to Dordrecht from the province of Zeeland. I honestly don't remember how we chose the midwife we had. I think my husband found the practice online. We had a great experience with the staff there. We will be sure to go there again when we get pregnant with our second!
If you were to have another child in this country, would you do anything differently in terms of preparation and/or the delivery?
I don't think so. My desire is to try for a homebirth with a second child (when the time comes).
We had an absolutely amazing experience with our kraamhulp (aftercare nurse). She was so wonderful and helpful. She answered all of our questions and offered some great suggestions. She was a great support to our family during the first week after our son's arrival.
If a friend of yours living in the same country were expecting, what advice would you give her?
Make sure you find a midwife that works well for you and your family.
Never hesitate to ask as many questions as you like. The more educated you are, the better.
There are a lot of great resources here for first-time moms.
If you're an expat here, try to get connected with other moms in the Netherlands who can encourage you, answer any questions you may have, and help guide you along your journey!
Enjoy every moment because it all goes by way too fast!