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: December 18, 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.
  • Our office staff all work from home if possible.

Visitors after the birth
As brand new parents you will of course want family and friends to meet your new baby soon after the birth. However, now that the coronavirus is spreading again, it is better to wait. Current advice is to avoid social contact as much as possible.

We would therefore ask that you have just a single visitor each day during the first week after the birth and that that person arrives when the maternity assistant has left for the day. This follows the government regulation which states that a maximum of three external visitors may be in the house per day - care professionals are included in that number. On the days when your midwife and/or the representative of the Municipal Health Services visit you in your home, you may not receive any other visitors.

We do understand that this is very hard, particularly in the first week which is so special. Unfortunately it is necessary to adhere to this as it protects the new mother as well as the baby and the maternity assistant.

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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