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First appointment

8-12 weeks

When?

During the first trimester of your pregnancy (the first 12 weeks) you will have several appointments at our practice.

Between 7-8 weeks you can choose to have an early ultrasound to check on the baby’s heartbeat. This ultrasound is optional but it’s always good to have peace of mind. Our assistant can book this appointment for you. It would be a good idea to bring your partner to this ultrasound appointment. Sometimes this ultrasound is payable. Our assistant can tell you if you need to pay or are able to claim from your insurance. There is a chance we need to perform this ultrasound internally. This means the sonographer or midwife will insert an ultrasound probe into the vagina. This should not be painful.

You will also have an intake with a midwife. It can be beneficial to bring your partner to this appointment. The midwife shall discuss your (medical) history with you both and provide information. You will also be able to ask questions.  During this appointment, if you wish, the midwife will also discuss prenatal screening. Find more information on this site.

Between 10-11 weeks you will have a dating ultrasound. This ultrasound determines your due date, this date will not change. The cost of the dating ultrasound can be claimed from your insurance.

Appointments listed above can be merged upon request, but are subject to availability. Our assistant will discuss options with you over the phone.

Please note: this ultrasound at Breedstraat may be performed by a sonographer rather than a midwife. If you have any questions regarding this ultrasound, please contact us on our 06 number (see Contact).

You can choose to take home the images of your baby on a USB stick. At the practice we sell these USB-sticks for € 5 each. If you would like to do this, please bring € 5 exact and in cash. 

Book appointment with midwife

As soon as you know you are pregnant, please register on our website. Our assistant will contact you to book your first appointments.

Preperation

Before your intake appointment with the midwife it is important that you complete two questionnaires. The answers from these questionnaires will help you to prepare and give a clear idea of your health and that of your partner. 

  • Questionnaire regarding your (medical) history. Please complete via this link a.s.a.p. but no later than two weeks before your intake appointment.
  • Please also complete the Mind2care questionnaire. This questionnaire has been designed to determine if you are in need of any extra care during your pregnancy. Based on your answers the midwife will provide advice and discuss this with you.
  • And finally it is important that both of you prepare for discussing prenatal screening with the midwife during your counselling appointment. This means choosing the combination test/NIPT and/or the 20 week ultrasound.  You can find more information under header ‘prenatal screening’. 
  • You can prepare by reading information on this website and the RIVM site and as an option, complete the questionnaire, so that you can make an informed decision. It is also helpful to read information about secondary findings in this leaflet.

Counselling
During your pregnancy you will be given the choice to have your baby tested for birth defects. Such as Spina Bifida, heart abnormalities or Down’s-, Edward’s and Patau’s syndrome. These tests are also known as prenatal screening. If you would like to know more about this, we will discuss this with you at the intake. It is important to prepare well for this discussion. Please note: (if you have a partner) this research should be done by both of you.  If you DO NOT want to know more about prenatal screening, then of course you do not need to read this information.  You can choose NOT to know or receive any information about this. The midwife will then not discuss prenatal screening with you during your appointment.

Bring with you

Do not forget to bring your ID and proof of insurance (only needed if not insured in the Netherlands)

Do's for dads

It’s slowly dawning on you; you’re not number 1 anymore. Conversations around the dinner table do not involve you, she touches her belly instead of you, and she spends more time chatting to her friends.  This is the time to be strong and not give up easy.  Make sure you are one step ahead of her at all times. Knowledge is power!

On https://www.pns.nl/screening-op-down-edwards-en-patausyndroom (serious, this url was still free?) You can read which tests are available. Don’t think; everybody else does it, so let’s do them all. The midwife wants to know which tests you are both choosing and why. And your wife needs to know you are really interested.  

Also make sure you mark your territory. Soon you will be a family. It is time for your immediate environment to know who is boss. It’s nice that your wife would like to bring her mother to the ultrasound appointment but no way! This is your baby and you have a front row seat. Do not miss an opportunity to be part of all this.

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