Full Class

This prenatal course in English enables expectant international couples to feel comfortable about having a baby in the Netherlands. The Childbirth Preparation Course is intended for couples around 29 weeks pregnant. Six evenings (20.00-22.00) on a Tuesday and one postnatal reunion when the babies are born.

Subjects to be covered during this class

  • Avoidable hazards in pregnancy
  • Stages in labour
  • Dilation, what happens in your body
  • Pushing and birth of the placenta
  • When to call the midwife or hospital
  • Attitude towards contractions and pain
  • Different ways to cope with labour and how partner can support
  • Pain relief options and implications
  • Obstetric interventions explained (vacuum, Caesarean section. Induction why,when, how)
  • Breastfeeding information
  • First week with baby, bonding – post-natal care
  • Life with a new baby
  • Birth plan
  • Giving birth in the Netherlands; the Dutch Maternity Services
  • Helping you to make informed choices and handle concerns
  • Relaxation
  • Breathing and massage techniques
  • Exercises such as pushing in different positions
  • Positions for labour and how partners can help
A pregnant woman