The first week after the delivery is what we call the postnatal period. In this period you will have all the time to recover from the delivery and enjoy your baby. During this week we will come and visit you several times at home. These visits will be done by the midwife or postnatal expert / breastfeeding coach. During this visit we discuss how you and the baby are doing. If there are problems with breastfeeding then we will strive to let the breastfeeding coach come for the next visit. The daily care and support for you and your child will be done by the maternity assistant.
During the postnatal period the heel prick test will also be taken. With the heel prick test some drops of blood are taken from the baby which are examined on a few possible birth defects. It concerns (metabolic) disorders that can be treated well and don’t cause any damage yet if they are identified early. The only exception to this is Cystic Fibrosis (CF). This is a genetic disorder that unfortunately can not be treated well. The chance that your baby will have one of these disorders however, is very small. For more information see this folder.
The registration must be done in the municipality where you baby was born. It is important that the baby is registered within three working days at the townhall or submunicipality where the baby was born. The registration can be done by someone who attended the birth. You need to take with you a birth declaration by the midwife or doctor and your own passport/identification and your marriage certificate, if applicable. If you are not married and the baby is going to get the father’s surname, you need to have an affidavit of paternity made at the municipality. This affidavit, together with your identification, needs to be taken with you when you register your baby. You will need to make an appointment at the municipality for the birth registration and affidavit of paternity.