Dear client and partner,
The national organization of midwives (KNOV) has issued strict regulations for obstetric care during the corona crisis. Every midwifery practice in the Netherlands is bound to these regulations.
Every day the situation is reevaluated and things can change. Please also check our website (news) and social media (Facebook: Midwifery Practice Eindhoven), so that you stay informed about the latest developments.
If you have an appointment at our practice one of the following weeks, then you will receive a phone call from the midwife in the days prior to your scheduled appointment. Between 16-27 weeks of pregnancy check-ups are not medically necessary and are not being done.
Check-ups that are being done, we try to keep as short as possible. This means that we will only check your blood pressure and the growth of the baby. Any questions will be answered by phone.
We ask you to come to your appointment alone and that you don’t bring your partner or children.
Of course the use of Facetime, for example during an ultrasound, is allowed.
Only medically necessary ultrasound appointments will continue.
Non-essential appointments like fun ultrasounds and the placement of an IUD will be canceled.
Centering Pregnancy sessions are being canceled. We will schedule an individual appointment for you, if necessary. At the moment we are looking at possibilities to replace the Centering Pregnancy sessions by meetings online.
Blood tests at Diagnostiek voor U are only done by appointment (040-2141202) and only at one of the main locations.
Do you have a cold, are you coughing or do you have a fever? Tell us when we call you prior to your appointment. Together we will see if we need to reschedule your appointment.
The choice for a delivery at home or in the hospital remains. Fortunately at this moment there is no capacity problem in the hospitals in our region. If you are reconsidering the place of birth because of the situation then we will discuss this with you.
When you are in labor, for the time being only one person can accompany you to the hospital. There are no other persons allowed, not in the hallway or anywhere else in the hospital. It is not allowed to have people visiting you in the hospital right after birth. If you have to stay in the hospital longer, then the rules of the hospital apply.
Do you or your partner have a cold, are you coughing or do you have a fever at the moment the delivery starts? Please tell us in time so we can take our precautions.
The check-ups in the first week after birth will be done by phone as much as possible. Of course we will visit you if necessary. The maternity care organizations ask you not to have visitors when the maternity nurse is in your house.
The heel prick (blood test) of your child will be done as usual. The hearing test will be postponed.
Do you or your partner have a cold, are you coughing or do you have a fever in the first week after birth? Please tell us and your maternity care organization.
The same advice applies to pregnant women as to non-pregnant women. So keep an eye on the news and follow the general guidelines of the RIVM (www.rivm.nl also in English).
All midwifery practices in our region are doing their very best to keep the chance of contamination and spreading of the virus as small as possible. We have agreed to help each other in case midwives get sick.
We realize that we are asking a lot of you at the moment. All measures are being taken to keep everybody as healthy as possible. But it is not the way we would like to guide you through this special period in your life.
We want to thank you for your understanding and the support we have already received from you. Together we hope that this crisis will pass soon.
Of course you can still reach us 24/7. Don’t hesitate to call us with your questions and worries. We will see you or visit you if necessary.