What to take care of
Postnatal care (kraamzorg)
A maternity assistant assists us during the delivery and will stay in your house for a few days afterwards to take care of you and your baby. She checks on you and your baby. She will teach you how to take care of your child, help you with feedings and keep the household running in the way you’re used to.
It is important to arrange postnatal care at the beginning of your pregnancy. You can ask your health insurer where to apply.
Acknowledgment of paternity
When you’re not married, it is important to arrange the acknowledgment of paternity of your child during the pregnancy. This is a statement by the father-to-be that he accepts fatherhood. As a result, joint inheritance rights and maintenance duties come into existence between the father and the child. During the acknowledgment of paternity the future last name of the child will also be determined. To acknowledge paternity of the child you can go to city hall. It is important to do this prior to the 24th week of the pregnancy. When a child is born too early, it has to have a last name starting at 24 weeks.
For more information go to the website of Rijksoverheid.
For more information you can visit the website from Rijksoverheid.
If you deliver later than your due date this does not reduce the amount of delivery-leave you have. If you deliver before your pregnancy-leave has started, your 16 week period leave will start at that time. Your employer will ask you for a pregnancy-statement. You can get one of those from us.
If you are self-employed, you are also entitled to maternity benefits from the UWV (beside the benefits you might receive from your own disability insurance). You can find more information on the website of the UWV (in Dutch).
Your employer has to ensure that during your pregnancy you can work in a safe and healthy manner. If necessary, you can negotiate a temporary change of job within the company or different working hours. Sometimes it’s wise to make a preventative appointment with your company doctor.
For more information about pregnancy-leave or about illness during your pregnancy you can visit the website from Rijksoverheid.
Most courses start around the 26th week of pregnancy. It is advisable that you sign up at an early time. By visiting ‘usefull links’ you can find the addresses for different pregnancy-courses in your area.