Having a baby in the Netherlands can be a great experience, if you know what to expect. We’ll help with information about the system and real stories from expat parents just like you!

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Doulas are there to support you while you give birth.

What does a Doula do?

February 6, 2013 | By Olga Mecking

I have decided to share my reasons for hiring a doula for my third birth for several reasons. One of them is that while doulas are gaining in popularity, many people still don’t know what she actually really does. Secondly, I found that doulas are […]

Mother holding her baby

Postpartum Blues

November 2, 2012 | By Chitra Natarajan

Postpartum blues are signs of emotions that surface after the baby is born. These “baby blues” are a combination of many factors such as hormonal changes in a pregnant woman, physical discomfort, feeling tired, a sense of disappointment if the birth didn’t go the way […]

16 weeks is the standard maternity leave in the Netherlands

Maternity leave and returning to work

October 3, 2012 | By Helen Frew

The prospect of taking time off work for maternity leave is for many a welcome break – especially in the final months of pregnancy. In reality, the contrast with the life you were leading only weeks before can be quite a shock. Although I work […]


Fear in Childbirth

September 4, 2012 | By Corinne Laan

When we refer to fear in childbirth, what do we mean by it? Is it the fear of pain? Is it the fear of a prolonged labour? Is it the lack of trust in our body’s ability to birth our baby? Is it fear of […]


Prenatal Care

August 15, 2012 | By Lynn Morrison

Just as I began to get settled in the Netherlands and thought that I knew my way around everything, I discovered that I was pregnant with my second child and had a whole new set of systems to learn. I scheduled my first midwife appointment […]


Health Stories: A cautionary tale

August 15, 2012 | By Anonymous Expat Mother

From time to time we receive stories via email. This particular story came from an anonymous source and made us want to reach out and offer a virtual hug and shoulder for support. We are sharing this story in the hopes that our readers can […]


Human Rights in Childbirth: Every woman’s opinion counts

August 15, 2012 | By Lynn Morrison and Olga Mecking

We are two expat women living in the Netherlands. We each have two daughters, gave birth around the same time, and had our first child outside of the Netherlands and our second one here. We have both met women who told us stories how their […]


The Kraamzorg

August 14, 2012 | By Lynn Morrison

I was living in the United States when I had my first child and I can still remember how nervous I was about bringing home a 2 day old baby. I kept hoping that someone was going to provide me with a handy instruction manual […]


Pregnancy isn’t an illness

August 13, 2012 | By Rosalind Van Aalen

Pregnancy isn’t an illness …… …….. Well it isn’t in Holland anyhow. It is funny isn’t how every where around the world they treat pregnancy differently. This is my first time being pregnant in Holland and it is different to being pregnant in Spain. In […]

Pregnancy: those two little lines make a huge difference in your life

Two little lines = baby #2

July 10, 2012 | By Olga Mecking

As my daughter started going to a day-care centre, I began attending a Dutch language course concentrating on my thesis. I also managed to do some work as translator. I was busy and happy to be doing something that was totally unrelated to having a […]

If you go too far beyond your due date, you can expect the hospital to induce your labor in the Netherlands.

A Tale of Two Inductions

July 10, 2012 | By Lisa Vanbuskirk

I had both of my children at Reinier de Graaf hospital in Delft; Daniel (March 2010) and Melissa (January 2012). Both babies required scheduled inductions to be born. In 2010, the hospital let babies remain in the womb until 42 weeks, but by 2012 they […]