When you’ve made your first appointment, we will send you an email with information about our practice. Attached to this email you will also find a number of flyers which are good to read prior to coming to your first appointment. Would you please bring a valid ID and your insurance papers to your first check-up? In case you have information about prior pregnancies that weren’t conducted by us, it would be useful to bring that along.
If you already have questions prior to your first check-up then please give us a call.
During your first appointment, an ultrasound will be made. This ultrasound is meant to see if the baby's heart beats, if it is a singleton pregnancy and if the pregnancy is in the right part of the uterus. An ultrasound made before 10 weeks will always be done through the vagina. You don't need to have a full bladder for this ultrasound.
The first check-up takes about one hour and takes place around the 8th week of pregnancy. During this check-up we shall ask you (and your partner) questions about your health, lifestyle, medical history, previous pregnancies en possible hereditary illnesses in your family. If you take any medicine, please bring these along.
If desired, we will talk to you about prenatal screening test to detect congenital diseases and malformations of your child. This test are optional; you decide wether you want to do these kind of test.
Finally you will receive a laboratory-form to request a blood test. We will schedule a second ultrasound to determine the due date (based on the growth of the baby). This ultrasound will be made between the 10th and 11th week of pregnancy.
After your first check-up we will discuss your pregancy in the Multidisciplinary Meeting (Multi Disciplinair Overleg - MDO).
In the Multi Disciplinary Meeting pregnant women are discussed together with different kinds of obstetric caregivers: midwives, gynaecologists, pediatricians and, if necessary, somebody from the consultationbureau or for example a psychiatrist. Together they discuss what is the best care for that particular pregnancy.
If important things arise in the meeting, of course we will discuss this with you.