Frequently asked questions

 

REGISTRATION

You can either register on our website. or call us on telephone number 020 67 06 060.
We have agreements with all Dutch insurance companies.
Yes, you can specify your preference for a maternity nurse at registering and/or during the interview. Based on her (own) availability, we will ensure that the specific nurse will be carrying out the maternity care fully or partially during your maternity week

 

INTAKE

6 to 8 weeks before your due date, you will be contacted by one of our employees to make an appointment for the interview.
Please call our offices to ask for the telephone number of the interviewer, so you can plan an appointment directly with her.

 

MATERNITY CARE

The midwife is responsible for the wellbeing of mother and child. The maternity nurse plays an important supporting roll. As soon as maternity care is being refused, the midwife can no longer guarantee the wellbeing of you and your baby. At the explicit request of the client and in consultation with the midwife, maternity care can be terminated, however at your own risk.
The maximum number of maternity care hours has been determined, based on the National Indication Protocol (LIP), which on average is 49 hours. This will be discussed during the interview.
You are, by law, entitled to a minimum of 24 hours of maternity care over 8 days.
Yes, at De Kleine Amsterdammer we have maternity nurses who are fluent in, or native speakers of: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Arabic, Moroccan, Surinamese, Hindi, and Papiamento.
If you are at home before 15.00 hrs. a maternity nurse will visit you the same day. She will answer your first questions, assist you with feeding the baby, carry out checks and will ensure that you will be fine during the night. In consultation with our Planning Dept. and based on availability, an initial care can possibly take place.
You can discuss this with the maternity nurse. However, it is not one of her duties. So, make sure there is someone else who can bring or pick them up to/from school.
Every maternity nurse gives her own personal touch to the postpartum period. Although it is not one of her duties, some maternity nurses love to cook for someone else. Of course you can ask her if she will do the shopping for the evening meal.
Our Planners are doing their utmost to guarantee the continuity of maternity care, but also the balance between work and private matters of our employees (so as few changes as possible for everyone). Our employees are part of one team, sharing knowledge and experiences. Our clients mention regularly that the pleasant collegiality contributes to the quality of care and is perceived as very enjoyable despite or sometimes due to a change of care provider.
No, that is not necessary. Your cleaning lady can still do the major household tasks, because these are not the duties of a maternity nurse. Besides, the maternity nurse will then have more time to concentrate on you and your baby and possible other children.
No, if a breast pump is necessary, the maternity nurse knows where to rent it.
Yes, we are a so called “work – learning” company and would like to contribute our maternity nurses’ knowledge to the next generation maternity nurses. We guarantee the quality of care for our clients within our training scheme. During the interview you will be asked if you object to the presence of a student..
Yes, all our care providers are qualified Maternity Nurses Level 3, Nurses Level 4 or Midwives, who are all authorized and qualified to carry out maternity proceedings. Besides that, all our employees are certified according to the breastfeeding guidelines. De Kleine Amsterdammer has a training scheme according to the guidelines of the Ministry of Health concerning the client safety.
De Kleine Amsterdammer has specialized care providers to whom you can turn with questions about for instance multiple births (twins), incubator aftercare, illness/handicap or congenital defect, care for social or psychological problems or care after death of a child.
Maternity care is part of the basic package of every health insurance company and therefore will be compensated. However, determined by the government you have to pay a contribution of € 4,15 per maternity care hour. Generally speaking, if you have an additional health insurance, this contribution will be compensated fully or partially by the health insurance company. Please check your policy conditions for compensations. Pay attention to whether you are covered for delayed maternity care or incubator aftercare, so you will not be confronted with unexpected situations.
No, we are not allowed to charge you with our parking costs.

 

Frequently asked questions about breastfeeding

What to expect from our breastfeeding consultation?

All our maternity nurses are certified professionals and are regularly retrained in the field of breastfeeding. They all work according to the breastfeeding protocol which is updated regularly based on new developments and findings in the field of breastfeeding.
The interviewer will ask for possible previous experience(s) with breastfeeding and special needs with respect to breastfeeding consultation; these will be noted in your file. Further, the interviewer will explain the importance of skin to skin contact with the baby and rooming-in. She will hand you the “Groeigids” (Growth Guide) where this information can also be found.
After the birth, your baby is laying against you with his bare body. We will take care of tranquillity, so you as parents have all the time to enjoy that first special hour with each other. Your new born baby will feel your warm skin and most of the time will search for your breast. The first tiny sips are extremely important. The maternity nurse will give you an explanation of what to watch when your baby drinks from the breast. Further, the maternity nurse will give you instructions for the first night together.
Your baby can stay in your room with you day and night (rooming-in). The maternity nurse will explain and support while you are breastfeeding, so you and your baby can get used to each other. Your baby can drink whenever he wants to and during this first week that will be often.
This will improve the production of milk. The more you feed the better it is for the milk production. It is also very important to feed long enough; supplementary feeding is not necessary most of the times and will only be advised on a medical indication from a doctor or a midwife. Almost all women can produce enough breast milk. The maternity nurse will give an explanation about various positions during the feeding and how your baby can drink from the breast properly. Pain is not a part of breastfeeding, so if you experience pain, always tell the maternity nurse. Together with you she can find a solution or involve a lactation consultant. Sometimes it is necessary to pump the milk temporarily; the maternity nurse will guide and advise you about the best way to feed your baby. It is possible that young babies get confused by a soother or a bottle. Because of that it will be harder to breastfeed them. A maternity nurse therefore will likely advise not to use a soother or bottle.
The consultation bureau takes over the care for your baby and from that moment on you can consult them for breastfeeding consultation. The maternity nurse will also provide you with information about breastfeeding organisations. In these organisations, there are women who gave breastfeeding to their children themselves and who can answer your various questions because they have had extra training.
Through our website you can easily contact these organisations. You can also find addresses of lactation consultants on our website. Most of the time and for most of the women, breastfeeding is easy and pleasant. Together with UNICEF and WHO we advise you to only feed your baby breastmilk for the first 6 months. After that period your baby will also need other nutrition. You can breastfeed your baby for as long as you and your baby want to.