It might be you rather prefer a hospital birth, as you may feel safer in the hospital, or because there may be circumstances at home that lead to a hospital delivery being preferred.
An outpatient clinic (at the hospital) birth always starts at home. During your pregnancy, we will provide you with instructions when to call us. After your call, we will first visit you at home and then we can agree on a good time to go to the hospital. Three hours after childbirth, after having recovered for a while, after having some food and after having a shower, you can go home again.
In case complications or problems arise, we will consult with the doctor or clinical midwife on duty. Gynecologists are not always available at the hospital 24 hours a day. They are on call though, but have to commute from home first.
If your delivery went well, you will go home with your baby as soon as possible. This may be as early as a few hours after your delivery.
Choosing for having your delivery in the outpatient clinic often incurs additional costs. You can inquire with your health insurance for the exact amount.
Unfortunately, there is no free parking at the hospital either. If you have to stay in the hospital for an extended period, it is possible to buy a parking ticket for 15 euros per week..
If you have decided on an outpatient delivery during pregnancy, you must register at the hospital. In our practice we assist outpatient deliveries at the Meander Medical Center (MMC) in Amersfoort. You will receive the registration form during your check-up or you can request it from our assistants.
Maternity care (‘kraamzorg’)
As of May 2014, it is also possible for the maternity nurse to assist us during your delivery in the hospital. After the delivery, the maternity nurse will go home with you and provide care from home.
If there is a reason that your care is handed over to the hospital during your delivery (e.g. due to complications), the maternity nurse will do a handover to a nurse.
For more information, refer Maternity care. Only maternity care agencies that are member of KSV (Kraamzorg Samenwerkingsverband) offer this service.
If problems or complications arise during the delivery, we will consult with the gynecologist. We continuously perform risk assessments during your delivery, so we identify problems in a timely fashion. The physician assistants or clinical midwife will take over our responsibility for the delivery. Because you are already in the hospital, you no longer have to move.
To prepare for a delivery in the hospital, nurses from the Maternity and Obstetrics department, in collaboration with the Pediatrics department, regularly organize information sessions entitled “Hoe bevalt het?” (in Dutch).
For more information, please visit het Meander Medisch Centrum.
There are other types of information evenings. For more information, refer our Information session section.