Antenatal classes

There are many different courses and information sessions that you and can attend individually or with a partner. This website offers a summary of courses and information sessions that our maternity nurses are contributing to. Various midwives in our area choose to offer pregnancy check-ups and related education/information in groups, so called centering pregnancy. In the Zuid Gelderland region these sessions are held by a midwife and one of our maternity nurses.

Becoming a father*

Your partner is pregnant. Your baby is growing in her womb. Obviously, a lot of attention is drawn to the future mother, but many changes are inevitable for you too. A lot of information and practical tips are displayed on this website, tailored to your needs as a future father*.
The information can be found under the heading: zwangerschap/vader worden (pregnancy/becoming a father).

*we use the term becoming a “father”, but evidently we refer to all  partners. You might even be single.  All of our texts are addressed to all future parents.

Becoming a father: congratulations!

It is a very special moment in a man’s life: becoming a father. What does that imply? You are going to start a family  and you will discover new responsibilities. Exciting! Let the adventure begin!

A father in the beginning of the pregnancy:

In the first trimester of the pregnancy you might not notice many changes just yet. Your wife can be a little bit more emotional than usual. Perhaps she is absent minded more often, regularly suffers from nausea or can’t stand the smell or taste of a cup of coffee all of a sudden. Those are the kind of clues that give away her pregnancy. What she needs, is you. She wants to share her feelings and experiences with you and needs to be comforted. Besides mental support you can also provide practical help.

Practical tasks:

  • Clean the house
  • Clear some space for a nursery
  • Create or buy a crib for your baby
  • Check if your supplementary insurance is adequate enough or is there a need to switch insurance policy? (N.B. maternity care is covered by the mother’s insurance only!)

The sooner you  involve in your baby’s development and upcoming arrival, the better. Don’t wait to fulfill your role as a father until after the actual birth. Participate in choosing a midwife, in making sensible decisions about the birth (at home or in hospital) and accompany your wife to her check-ups. That is how you can develop into becoming a father. It is an emotional period for you too. Needless to say that your wife will be very grateful for your involvement from the very beginning.

Arrangements you can make during pregnancy

  • Maternity Care! Register on this website, call us or call your insurance company.
  • Names; have you thought of names already? And which surname will the baby get?
  • Birth announcement: do you want to design something yourselves or will you be ordering from a printing company? And where did you put the address list?
  • Arranging baby day care if required.
  • Maternity leave: as a father you are entitled to paternity leave. Under Dutch law you have a right to two days of paid paternity leave with the possibility of three extra days of unpaid leave. Make your arrangements in advance!

Maybe you prefer to use your leave days after the maternity nurse has left, but it can also be very pleasant take your days off in the first week as there is a lot going on in those days. You are a significant part of this! The maternity nurse will not be present all the time and when she is, she will be teaching you how to take care of your baby and guarantee your much needed rest in these precious but busy times. Use your leave days and preferably some extra days if possible because the maternity week is very special and should be a happy period for everyone. You don’t want to miss out on anything, do you?