Pregnancy and maternity

It is possible to deliver a baby from 37 weeks pregnancy.It is a good idea to have the following items in order before the 37th week:

  • Store important phone numbers in your mobile phone, or hang up a phone list where you can see it.
  • Check if your name and your housenumber are visible on your front door.(the right name tag)
  • Do you live on the top floor with stairs or do you have your bedroom in your attic ? Please discuss this with your midwife incase you may not be able to deliver at home because of this.
  • It is handy to have an ironing board or a table available to the midwife in the room you deliver in so she can put her necessities on it.
  • Make sure you have a ( bright) light in your bedroom.
  • Put your maternity package underneath your bed or next to your bed.



Neccesities maternity week


  • Maternity package
  • Bed raisers
  • Digital thermometer for rectal use baby
  • Thermometer baby’s mother
  • At least one hot water bottle, preferably two
  • Clean towels and washcloths
  • Clean set of bedlinen and an extra set of undersheets

Extra essentials for a home birth:

  • Bedpan
  • Two buckets
  • Garbage bags
  • Toiletpaper or kitchen roll
  • Four hydropholic nappies,cotton,washed and ironed
  • Two flannel molton nappies
  • Ironingboard / table
  • Electricity and water at the place of delivery
  • Visible clock for the right time

  • Insurance card
  • Telefoonnummer kraamzorgbureau
  • Telephone number of maternity care company
  • Toileteries (toothbrush, toothpaste, showergel, shampoo, hairbrush)
  • Comfortable t-shirt (to wear during delivery)
  • Pyjama or nightie
  • Sweatpants / cardigan / sweater or bathrobe (if you want to breastfeed wear a garment with buttons so you can open them and breastfeed)
  • Slippers
  • Warm socks
  • Extra underwear, big enough to wear with sanitary pads
  • Nursing bra or a firm bra without wire
  • Mobile phone plus adaptor to ring family and friends
  • Camera / Video camera / iPad
  • Baby’s clothes
    • Two newborn jumpsuits or two sets (t-shirt plus newborn trousers size 50-56)
    • Two onesies/ rompers size 50-56
    • Two pairs of baby socks
    • One cotton elastic newborn hat
    • Maxi-cosi
    • Wrap blanket and/ or newborn jacket to travel in

kleine_a_reIn most cases you will receive your maternity package through your insurance.If you do not receive one you can get all the essentials at a chemist.

Content of the maternity package:

  • 1 small plastic mattrass cover
  • 10 small cellulose mattrasses
  • 3 packets with sanitary towels
  • 2 or 3 packets with sterile gauzes
  • 1 bottle of alcohol 70%
  • 1 packet of cotton wool
  • 1 disinfectant soap
  • 2 clamps for the umbiblical cord
  • 1 nappy tape
  • 2 disposable panties

kleine_a_reStandard newborn clothes sizes in Holland are for baby’s with a birth weight of 3100 gram – 3900 gram , 50/56 cm.If you know your baby will be smaller at birth than 3000 gram ,purchase smaller clothes size 46/50. Are you sure your baby will be bigger at birth than 4000 gram purchase bigger clothes from size 56/62 onwards.

Basic Baby Needs

  • 1 packet of disposable nappies or enough cloth nappies (about 25) for at least two days. Newborns can go through 10 to 12 nappies a day!
  • 6 onesies,rompers
  • 6 long sleeved t-shirts
  • 3 newborn jumpsuits or newborn trousers2 pairs of baby socks
  • 2 newborn hats
  • 1 or 2 lightweight blankets or swaddlers / wrap blankets
  • 6 or 8 hydrophilic nappies (these are being used to dry your baby with after a bath)
  • 4 flannel molton nappies
  • 6 hydrophilic face cloth mitts
  • 1 hooded towel
  • 10 burp cloths / washcloths
  • 1 cradle,crib,bassinet or other safe sleep space for baby
  • 4 fitted sheets for crib,cradle,co sleeping bassinet or tradititional bassinet
  • 2 blankets, 1 heavier blanket (wool), 1 (cotton) (no duvet , fleece only with a TNO label)
  • 1 hot water bottle with hot water bottle cover
  • 1 changing pad with changing pad cover
  • 1 baby bath with stand , or tummytub
  • babies toileteries (hair brush,comb,baby manicure set,disposable wipes)
  • baby skin products digital themometer for rectal use