Pregnancy and giving birth in the Netherlands

Are you pregnant while temporarily living and working in the Netherlands? Here, we will explain the care surrounding pregnancy and birth in the Netherlands - what you'll need to arrange and what is reimbursed under your HollandZorg insurance policy. This will allow you to enjoy your pregnancy to the full.

As an international worker in the Netherlands, it can be difficult to know where to start when you’re pregnant. Things that are obvious at home, soon seem more complicated in another country. Where do you go when you’re pregnant? How often do you need to see a care provider, which tests are reimbursed and what about giving birth? Fortunately, the Netherlands is a safe place to have a child. The care surrounding pregnancy and childbirth is also well organised.


Pregnancy in brief

In the Netherlands, you will be cared for by an obstetrician during your pregnancy and up to 6 weeks after giving birth. The obstetrician will perform all the checks, ultrasounds and prenatal screenings. She will advise and support you during this important phase of your life. She will also help you when you’re in labour.

If medically necessary, you will receive help from a gynaecologist (a doctor who knows a lot about pregnancy and childbirth) or obstetrician in the hospital. For example, if you have a multiple birth or suffer from diabetes. We sometimes call this a high-risk pregnancy.

In the first eight days after giving birth, a maternity carer will help you care for your baby. Maternity care is unique in the Netherlands.

Want to get pregnant? Take extra folic acid and vitamin D

In the Netherlands, the advice is to take 400 micrograms of folic acid per day from the moment you are trying to conceive. Folic acid reduces the risk of neural tube defects (such as spina bifida), premature birth and a low birth weight, among other things. Keep taking it until you are 10 weeks pregnant.

The Health Council of the Netherlands also recommends taking an extra 10 micrograms of vitamin D every day throughout your pregnancy. Folic acid and vitamin D are conveniently sold together in a single pill at chemists and pharmacies. You will find more nutritional advice for pregnant women from the Health Council of the Netherlands in this document.

Your pregnancy in the Netherlands

in 6 steps

What's covered?







Obstetric care





Personal contribution for giving birth at a birth centre/hospital/maternity hotel without medical grounds






Maternity care





Personal contribution maternity care






Maternity package




NIPT on medical grounds**





Prenatal screening





Laboratory testing on medical grounds





TENS pain relief





Pregnancy course




max €100 / pregnancy

max €100 / pregnancy

Pregnancy coach/doula




max €100 / pregnancy

max €100 / pregnancy

Breastfeeding assistance




max €100 / pregnancy

max €150 / pregnancy

* The supplementary packages Start, Extra, Plus and Top are only available to those who have taken out a HollandZorg plan themselves. If you are insured through your employer, these supplementary packages are not available to you.

** As of April 1st, 2023, the government fully reimburses the NIPT as part of the prenatal screening for pregnant women without medical grounds.

Use of an interpreter

Since January 1st, 2023, pregnant women who do not have a good command of the Dutch language may be eligible for the use of an interpreter. It’s important for mother-to-be to understand the information provided by the obstetrician or maternity carer, and she should have the opportunity to ask questions. An interpreter may be able to help her. The obstetrician or maternity carer will assess whether the language barrier is so great that an interpreter is needed. In that case, the costs of the interpreter will be reimbursed to the obstetrician or maternity carer, on the condition that the interpreter is a professional interpreter.

Good to know

  • You do not have to inform us that you are pregnant
  • The obstetrician or gynaecologist will inform your GP of your pregnancy
  • Obstetricians, GPs and gynaecologists work with you and each other to provide the best care for you and your baby
  • After the birth, you must register your child with us within 4 months. Your baby’s healthcare insurance is free. Your baby will be added to your or your partner’s policy

Tips on how to get pregnant as healthily as possible.

Useful websites (in English)