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South Africa - November 2011

  • Pilanesberg landscape
    In November 2011 we traveled to South Africa and brought Charles's parents along for the ride. We spent a week in and around Cape Town, a few days near Hartbeespoort and the Cradle of Humankind, a couple days at Pilanesberg National Park, and two days with my friend Stephanie and her family in Pretoria. It was a FANTASTIC trip! There are (currently) 78 photos in this album and don't include some of the great places we visited or people we saw. I may add more as we finish weeding through the approximately FOUR THOUSAND photos we took. Seriously. It was a great trip.

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A few additions if you do not mind: When you deliver with just the midwife (and also have your checks with her), you see your midwife every month for the first 7 months, then every forthnight for a month and weekly in the last month. You get at least 2 ultrasounds (9 and 20 weeks)but more if necessary. Also I was told (although I delivered in an academic hospital) I could always have pain meds - fortunate I did not require one...
Also the materinity leave is the same (16 weeks in total) all over the NL, so that is not institution bound, whether you get reimbused parental leave that is different by insititution. Furthermore, next to the private room for extracting when breastfeeding, you are also allowed (during your breastfeeding period) to do so for 2 hours a day at work - full pay. Which - in my case - was transformed to cycling up and down to the nursery to feed Duko, because I hated extracting and this gave me some much-needed exercise as well...

Good job -- getting ready for nr. 2?


Great info! Thanks, Aleid.

We're not yet getting ready as much as we probably ought to be. We're still discussing names, and I haven't yet picked up my birthing book for that necessary refresher. +/-7 weeks to go!

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Hi Aleid, thanks for the blog. I would go to NL for a long term staying with my family. I have got a good idea reading your blogs about various stages. I would really liked to discuss this with my wife, as we are planning to have kids, and at that time I might be in NL. Just for information, Could you please tell me an estimate of how much it may cost in Pregnancy, and Post Pregnancy period as I have completely no idea of that, also this is missing in the blogs I've read. It would be a GREAT help for me if I know before I plan something.

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Dutch are very much for natural birth, the simple reason for it-it is cheap! During pregnancy woman recieves minimum of analysis, just 2 ultrasond and two blood tests. At the rest of the appointments all that midwife does, just touchs the bally and hears the heart beat. The cost of pregnancy is about 3000 euros, but most of this covered by insurance, which everyone in NL have to have. However, if you not medically prescribed to have birth in the hospital, you would have to pay it by yourself. It happens often that woman started to deliver at home, still in the middle of labor due to difficulties arose, have to go to the hospital. Of course with this approach it is not a strange thing that NL is on the first place with child and maternity death rate between EU countries. I personally decided not to have birth here and to for delivery to Germany.


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It is unusual even in Netherlands are given many home births because this represents a risk to the mother and child

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The kids in every country are a blessing form above the problem is that to have a kid is very expensive and if you have 3 or 4 will be terrible to every one .


I live in the Netherlands. My first child was born at home and my second in the hospital. I really prefer the homebirth! I was in the safety off my own home, I could walk around, take a shower etc... Everything was very relaxed. I really feel this helped a lot; I had a fairly easy delivery only 5 hours... Offcourse there was pain but it was over soon and then there was my son!
Next delivery in the hospital was VERY different. Bright light, a lot off people walking in and out off the room, being stuck to a machine... I hated it. And I was very happy to go home a few hours after his birth

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Can someone please help me with the information for Netherlands.

1. How many % of women do the pregnancy tets:

2. How many times Pregnant women do the Ultrasound screening. (Before 12 weeks: after 12 weeks: )

3. Cost of one ultrasound screening/test ( transvaginal : Transabdominal: )

4. Cost of baby delivery at government hospital (Normal Delivery: Cesarian Delivery: )

5. Cost of baby delivery at private hospital (Normal Delivery: Cesarian Delivery: )

6. How much is the Government allowances for per baby birth:

7. Insurance coverage;

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