You have finally given birth and become a mother! You have also become a postpartum woman, as we call it in obstetrics. This change in your life requires attention, observation, guidance, and support. We provide this together with the maternity care assistant. Needless to say, we are available for emergencies 24/7 during this first period.
Our care in the postpartum period
The first eight days after the delivery we will visit you at home every other day (or more often if necessary) and can extend this care until the tenth day or later. After this period, you can also call us if you have any questions related to obstetrics. After the tenth day, care is officially transferred to the GP and the child healthcare centre.
We discuss the delivery, breastfeeding progress, your recovery, your emotional and mental wellbeing after the delivery, and dealing with the changes that the birth of your child involves. And of course we monitor your child’s development: behaviour and weight gain amongst other things. Sometimes there are complications and we have to intervene medically. If necessary we will consult the GP, paediatrician, or gynaecologist.
Neonatal heel prick
We perform the neonatal heel prick 4 to 5 days after the birth, at home.
Neonatal hearing test
The neonatal hearing test is performed by a staff member of the child healthcare centre about a week after the birth.
The baby must be registered within three days at the register office of the municipality in which he or she was born. If your child was born in the municipalities of Leiden, Katwijk or Oegstgeest you must make an appointment for registration. Follow the link and you will be directed to the respective municipality’s appointments page. If your child was born in the Teylingen municipality, you can go straight to the town hall without an appointment. See the opening hours here.