Cooperation with a gynaecologist

The midwife and gynaecologist work closely together. This way you get the best support possible. It is advisable to consult your gynaecologist at least 2 or 3 times during your pregnancy:

  • Once at the beginning of the pregnancy to determine the exact age of the foetus through an ultrasound if you don’t know the date of your last period.
  • Once in the middle of the pregnancy for another ultrasound. This is the time at which your baby is most visible and, at your request, the doctor can check whether the baby has any malformations and can tell you if you are carrying a boy or a girl.
  • Once at the end of the pregnancy. You can have an ultrasound around 34 weeks to determine the size and position of the baby and placenta. This is not always necessary since the midwife can feel the position of the baby by gently pressing on your stomach. The growth of the baby is checked by measuring your bump.
  • If you go a week beyond your due date, the gynaecologist will draw up a biophysical profile to determine if everything is ok with the baby by checking the blood flow to the placenta, level of amniotic fluid, etc.

For all other consultations you can visit your midwife. She can give you lots of time and personal attention and you can feel free to ask her any questions you might have. She will see you at her home or in her consultation room.

The pregnancy file will be updated by both midwives involved in your care and exchanged at every consultation. The "moederboekje" will be filled out as well, and you need to keep it and bring it with you to every consultation. That way everyone knows how you and your baby are developing.

 

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