And then the first week is over...
Ten days after the delivery we officially transfer care to the child healthcare centre and the GP, although you may always call us if you have any questions related to obstetrics. At our last visit we schedule a follow-up appointment with you which takes place about six weeks after the delivery. During the follow-up appointment we discuss and examine your physical recovery and review your experience of the period that has passed. Contraception is one of the subjects we always touch upon and we can also give you a prescription if you wish.
Child healthcare centre
The first time, the child healthcare centre (Centrum voor Jeugd en Gezin) nurse will visit you at home. This happens in the second week after birth. All subsequent check-ups take place at the child healthcare centre. Residents of Oegstgeest can go to the Centrum voor Jeugd en Gezin in Oegstgeest WWW.CJGOEGSTGEEST.NL, residents of Leiden to the Leiden Centrum voor Jeugd en Gezin WWW.CJGLEIDEN.NL, residents of Warmond to the Teylingen Centrum voor Jeugd en Gezin WWW.CJGTEYLINGEN.NL and residents of Rijnsburg and Valkenburg: WWW.CJGKATWIJK.NL.
All the child healthcare centres have drop-in consultation hours to weigh your child. Have a look at the website for specific hours.
After the delivery it is time to think about contraception. It can be helpful to think about this during the pregnancy already. We will bring up the subject at the end of the pregnancy, during the postpartum period, and during the follow-up. In deciding between the options, it is important to find a method for you which is appropriate taking into account your health, your situation, and whether you are breastfeeding or not.
We can also give you a prescription for contraceptive medication since 1 July 2014. Ask about this at the consultation. If you would like more information now, have a look at this website.
The Mirena coil, copper coil, and Implanon can be inserted at Verloskundig Centrum de Poort. See: Anticonceptie bij de Poort for more information.
After the pregnancy it is quite common for women to feel emotionally unstable. For instance, due to a negative experience during the delivery, or because of feeling the need to fulfil all sorts of expectations, or because they had expected something different when becoming a mother, etc. This is very normal! It is a pity, however, that these feelings are not often expressed. It can help a lot to hear other mothers talk about how they feel the same way. This is one of the reasons that midwives and lactation consultants in this area have organised Mamacafé Leiden. There is also an app called ‘wellmom‘, to give women mental support during and after the pregnancy .It can also help to talk about this with a coach or psychologist. A coach we often work with and who we enjoy working with is Annemieke de Mare from Amare. Another tip: Baby-bonding.
It is important to exercise your pelvic floor muscles after pregnancy. You can read more about it on this website. A postnatal check is possible at around 6 weeks postpartum. Please don’t hesitate when you experience any discomfort or incontinence problems. For example possible at bekkenfysiotherapie Oegstgeest.