Information about the coronavirus

We understand that as an expectant mother you will have many questions about the coronavirus. We will try to answer some of those questions on this page.

Last updated: August 7, 2020

We will continue to provide maternity care!

De Kraamvogel will continue to provide maternity care and to assist during deliveries. However, we will not allow maternity nurses with coronavirus symptoms to work. It may therefore be necessary to implement a 'peak policy' in some regions. The available maternity nurses will then be shared as well as possible across the families requiring maternity care.

De Kraamvogel follows the guidelines issued by the RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment) and the GGD (Area Health Authority). Furthermore, as an organisation offering maternity care we believe it is our social responsibility to prevent further spread of the virus. We have therefore taken various measures ourselves, to enable us to minimise the risk of infection while ensuring the continuity of all essential processes. These measures are as follows:

  • When you call a member of our Planning staff to arrange the start of the maternity care or to assist during a delivery, they will ask you if anyone in the family has any complaints/symptoms. This will enable us to take extra precautions if necessary.
  • Our maternity nurses will not shake hands and will keep as much distance as possible (1.5 metres) whenever they can.
  • Our maternity nurses will take extra hygiene precautions such as wearing gloves and extra cleaning of door handles and light switches, for example, and wearing special indoor shoes.
  • Our office staff all work from home if possible.

If any of our maternity nurses has been in contact with anyone who has or is suspected of having contracted the coronavirus, or they themselves have any coronavirus symptoms, then they will be excluded from providing care.

Visitors after the birth
It is allowed to invite visiters during your maternity period. Due to the increasing of infections, visitors will not be received in Amsterdam if the maternity nurse is present at home. Please ask your visitors to keep as much distance as possible (1.5 metres) whenever they can. And also ask your visitors to visit when our maternity nurse is not working.

Tips to prevent infection

  • Frequently wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitiser.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow
  • Use paper tissues when blowing your nose
  • Keep your distance from anyone coughing or sneezing
  • Don't shake hands

Like to know more?
For more information, please go to For the latest news on the coronavirus, go to: Alternatively call the designated telephone number 0800 – 1351.
If you have any worries or complaints, please contact your GP.

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