抵達 #34 | POSTCROSSING from The Netherlands(3)
出發地(From Country )：The north of the Netherlands
明信片ID(Postcard ID )：NL-217284
寄件人(From User )：lianieuwenhuis (Lia)
Having A Baby In The Netherlands
If you have a baby in The Netherlands, you will find that the health care system provides excellent and well-organized care. You may also find that some practices differ from what is usually done in your country of origin. For instance, both home births and using a mid-wife to assist in the birth are fairly common practices in the Netherlands. Pregnancy and birth are treated as natural events, and your doctor may suggest you have a home-birth. This may be something you wish to investigate. However, you are free to decide on the birth of your choice.
Maternity care (kraamzorg) is available for everyone, whether they have a home or hospital birth. The Netherlands is the only country where a professional maternity nurse will come to your home and look after you and your baby after you have given birth. You are entitled to this excellent, professional maternity care during the first eight days after the birth of your baby. Your insurance generally covers the cost. The nurse will show you how to care for the baby, how to bath him or her, and how to breastfeed properly. The nurse will help with the other children, make sure meals are prepared and may also take care of laundry and light housekeeping. This is a tremendous support for new mothers and mothers with young children at home. It is especially comforting for expats who may not have any family available to help them out during this time.