Childbirth

When do you call us on the emergency phone number*? (Dutch)

Pregnancy:

  • In case of blood loss;

  • In case of less movement in the belly from 28 weeks onwards, especially if the frequency changes. We would like to hear this as soon as possible;

  • If from 20 weeks onwards you have bumped your belly or had a fall;

  • If you are feeling contractions (pending premature birth);

  • If you water broke;

  • If you feel unsure about anything regarding the pregnancy;

 

Birth:

From 37 weeks until 42 weeks you can give birth under our care. Labor can start in different ways. In 90% of the cases it starts with contractions and in 10% of the cases it starts with broken water. Below you can find some guidelines so you can call us in case you think the birth has started.

 

  • In case of labor of your first child: If the contractions are regular and strong and have been coming up for an hour every three minutes and last one minute. In case of labor of your second child or more: If the contractions are regular and strong and have been coming up for an hour every four to five minutes and last one minute.

  • In case your water broke;

  • In case the amniotic fluid is clear or pink, sometimes with flakes you can call us during the day. If this happens during the night we advise to take some more rest;

  • In case of green, yellow or brown amniotic fluid or if the head hasn’t dropped (we will tell you during the consultation/check) you should always call immediately.

  • In case of clear red blood loss. If you lose a little blood with some slime/slime clog, there is no need to worry.

 

Warning: Broken water is the first sign the birth will start, but it can still take a long time before we need to be contacted. So if this happens during the night we advise you to take some more rest and call us in the morning. Do not take a bath after your water broke, do not use any tampons and do not have sex. This will increase the chances of infection. You can take a shower, because the shower water will not be able to enter your body and affect the baby.