Number of hours of maternity care

How is it determined how many hours of maternity care you receive? And what is the minimum number of hours of maternity care? Below you can read everything about the number of hours of maternity care for you.

Number of hours of maternity care

How many hours of maternity care do I receive?

Maternity care is quite normal for the Dutch, but it is actually unique in the world. Nowhere is there so much attention for aftercare after birth as here. We are of course very proud to be able to offer this to families with newborn babies! We also understand that there are many questions. Because how many hours of maternity care are you entitled to? How is it determined how many hours of maternity care you receive? And what is the minimum number of hours of maternity care? Below you can read everything about the number of hours of maternity care for you.

It is recommended to register for maternity care around the fifth month of your pregnancy. That is of course quite early, but everything still has to be arranged. This way we at Handle With Care can make a good planning and offer everyone tailored maternity care. At the same time, matters need to be arranged with your insurer and we schedule an intake interview.

So how many hours of maternity care do I receive at least?

The statutory minimum number of hours of maternity care is set at 24 hours, spread over eight days. However, you may be entitled to more hours. During the intake interview, the consultant will determine the number of hours of maternity care. This intake interview can be conducted in person or by telephone.

Also read the established terms and conditions

What is the average number of hours of maternity care?

On average, a family receives 49 hours of maternity care, spread over eight days. Good to know is that you will get more hours if you choose breastfeeding. This is because more guidance is required.

What if I unexpectedly need more maternity care?

Anything can happen during pregnancy or after birth, requiring more maternity care. At such times, the midwife will look again at the consultant’s estimate. This may be adjusted to a higher number of hours. The insurer will reimburse this after approval of the midwife.

Can I receive maternity care for less than 24 hours?

There are cases where less than 24 hours of maternity care are provided. This could, for example, be due to a hospital stay after childbirth. For every night you have to stay in the hospital, about 6 hours of care go off. Another case may be that the birth wave is too high, as a result of which too little maternity care can be provided nationwide. In such a case, the families are told this as early as possible, so that they can arrange informal care themselves in time. Naturally, in such situations, the health of the family is always taken into account. Families that need extra care will receive it.

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