If your pregnancy has progressed without any significant problems, you’re free to choose where you give birth. Your midwife can help you decide which place is best and most relaxing for you. If you register with our practice, you can choose from the following locations:
Sophia Birth Center (Geboortecentrum Sophia)
What are the differences between the birth locations?
This is your own trusted environment, which can feel safe and relaxing for you and your partner. You simply stay in your own home, where you have lots of privacy and freedom of movement. Partners often experience home births as peaceful and free, and feel that they can help out during the birth.
During the birth, you will receive assistance from our on-duty midwife and a maternity nurse. After the birth, they will clean everything up so that you can take a shower and return to a nice fresh bed. One of the benefits of a home birth is that you don’t have to get into the car during or after the birth! You may still need to go to the hospital in the event of a medical indication. The chance of this happening decreases the further your labor progresses.
Preparing for a home birth
The midwife will bring all the medical equipment she needs for the birth. However, there are a few things you need to prepare for a home birth.
Make sure you have a maternity package
You should have at least 10 extra cellulose mats or pads
You should be able to raise the top of the mattress on your bed to at least 80 cm (such as by using bed risers)
Make sure that you have arranged maternity care
You should have already discussed whether your home is ‘birth-proof’ with your midwife
Prepare a bag of items you will need if you need to move the birth to the hospital
Giving birth in the Sophia Birth Center
You can also choose to give birth in the Sophia Birth Center. This is on the fourth floor of the Sophia Children’s Hospital. Here we will oversee your birth like we would in your own home: with one of our midwives and a maternity nurse. In the Sophia Birth Center you have access to a bath, a birth pool if necessary, and nitrous oxide (laughing gas) as pain relief. The rooms also have their own shower and toilet, and there is room for your partner to stay the night. You often have to pay a fee to give birth in the Sophia Birth Center. It’s best to check with your health insurance provider. The fee covers a 24-hour stay in the birth room. In other words: you can stay the night after the birth at no extra cost.
Should a gynecologist need to be called in during the birth, the medical delivery ward is nearby. Unfortunately, partners are not able to stay the night at the ward.
Giving birth at Franciscus Gasthuis
If you decide you want an outpatient birth at Franciscus Gasthuis, you are choosing to give birth in the hospital without a medical indication. That means renting a delivery room where one of our midwives and a maternity nurse or general nurse will help you with the birth.
In the event of a medical indication during your birth, we will hand you over to the gynecologist who will take over in your delivery room. To be clear: you won’t need to be moved. At Franciscus Gasthuis you will have your own room, including a shower and a toilet. There is room for your partner to stay the night.
There is usually also a fee for outpatient births at Franciscus Gasthuis. The exact amount is determined by your health insurance provider.
If everything goes well, you will go home 2-3 hours after the birth.