Covid-19 Sırasında Hollanda’da Hamilelik ve Doğum

Pregnancy and Birth in the Netherlands During Covid-19

We are experiencing an unprecedented period in the world. The Corona virus outbreak brought a new order to the world. During this process in the Netherlands Pregnant and childbirth We are experiencing an unprecedented period in the world. The Corona virus outbreak brought a new order to the world. What changes are waiting for mothers who are pregnant and give birth in the Netherlands in this process? We talked to Hale Amus Vermeulen, the founder of Turkish Tale, who had just given birth, about pregnancy and birth in the Netherlands during Covid-19

I know you closely and I had the chance to taste their delicious food many times. Can you talk a little bit about yourself for our readers who don't know you?
I was born in Kuwait in 1986 and grew up in Istanbul after 1990. I am a graduate of Marmara University Journalism Department. Before moving to the Netherlands, I was a social media editor at a digital advertising agency in Istanbul and simultaneously as an assistant artist at İKSV.

I met my husband about 5 years ago and got married in 1 year and moved to Eindhoven. Since I do not have Dutch, I could not find a job in my field for a long time. Turkish Tale I founded my small company named after I cook and sell Turkish home-cooked meals from my own home.

During Corona days, pregnancy and childbirth in the Netherlands is a topic that many expectant mothers are curious about, how did you go through this process?
If I do not count the anxiety I have created for myself, my pregnancy was very calm. I did not have any crazy cravings other than craving cigkofte and lahmacun. Corona started 3-4 weeks before my birth, so it was time to pamper myself and enjoy pre-baby with my friends and wife.

If I do not count the anxiety I have created for myself, my pregnancy was very calm. I did not have any crazy cravings other than craving cigkofte and lahmacun. Corona started 3-4 weeks before my birth, so it was time to pamper myself and enjoy pre-baby with my friends and wife.

It is very common to give birth at home in the Netherlands. Are you at home? Or did you choose to give birth in the hospital?

I preferred to give birth in the hospital. I never wanted to be born at home, nobody is forcing you anyway. When you find out that you are pregnant, you register with a midwife center near you, and the controls are done in the midwife center during the entire pregnancy.

The first check is usually done between 6-10 weeks. Then you go to the control every 4 weeks. As the birth approaches, the controls become more frequent.

Honestly, I was very afraid to give birth here because of the health system problems that the Netherlands has become famous among expats. Oddly enough, the Dutch healthcare system, which remained in the classroom at normal times, is perfecting all of a sudden during your pregnancy. Instead of saying 'take paracetamol, lie down' in your slightest complaint, they do tests.

If you do not have any health problems or disabilities in the Netherlands, they encourage pregnant mothers to turn to vaginal birth. It was no problem for me because I was afraid of cesarean delivery.

After the 5th month, my son was said to be large during the measurements. I had to undergo a pregnancy diabetes test two times in both the 5th and 7th months to make sure if the cause of her size was gestational diabetes (gestational diabetes) or genetics. When both tests turned negative, the doctor in the hospital made sure that he was genetic.

In Turkey,if you are about to give a birth to a 'big baby', words are immediately recommend C-section when side by side. As I knew this, the doctor laughed as I said “I'll definitely have a C-section because he's big”. He said, “Except for the complications, your body won't make a baby that is too big for you to bear.” Indeed, this was true.

Nurses, midwives and doctors during childbirth are incredibly involved. For them, the physical and mental comfort of the mother is paramount. They pamper me. Since the Dutch loved the naturalness of everything, I had reservations about the epidural.

I have not had a birth plan since the beginning of my pregnancy. I said, “If there is an emergency, cesarean section, epidural if I cannot bear it”, the midwife and the doctor loved this decision. I said that I will have less chance of disappointment because I did not plan, perhaps it was easier for me to give birth than I expected.

baby and mom

How do you pass the postpartum period?

After birth, it's going to be extra difficult right now. It is very surreal to have a child in the midst of a pandemic, no one other than Kraamzorg (the health worker who came to support the mother and baby after birth) could not come and help, my mother's first granddaughter love through the facetime, and my wife's family can only look at the grandchildren from the window.

In the Netherlands, normally in the first week after birth, the midwife comes home every day to check the condition of you and your baby. Unfortunately, 'checks' were made on the phone. My son only had one parent to go to the 2nd week check. Again, the 6th week after birth, my control was done over the phone. If I have complaints, I was offered to come to the hospital.

Postpartum is already a difficult process, it is not good for mental health to spend this process without socializing and staying at home constantly. Spending the postpartum process alone in another country away from family and friends is too difficult to describe

Our son was shocked when he saw the face of his doctor since he had not seen any people other than us for 7 weeks. It makes us very sad to think that babies born in the time of Corona cannot socialize for a long time and the problems that this will cause in their spiritual development.

I hope we will have a chance to leave these days behind faster. I send my love to mothers who are alone during this period and who have just given birth ……

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