By Simona Graszl, photographer
This month Simona from https://www.yearinalife.nl and I are sharing a blog. She shares her feelings about receiving the kraamzorg list for the first time and not knowing exactly what to do with it. Simona is originally from Hungary and is a passionate photographer with a fine-art background. She does maternity, newborn, baby and family shoots. She works in the Haarlem, Leiden, Noordwijk and Den Haag area. Thank you Simona for taking the time to put togehter this blog. Here is her blog:
It’s been a while since my pregnancy, but I still remember the overwhelm and shock I felt when I received ‘The List’. If you don’t know what I mean by ‘The List’ I mean the one you get, or will get from the Kraamzorg when you have your introduction appointment with them. Of course this list might differ a bit per Kraamzorg, as they mostly come up with their own lists. If you want to know more about the Kraamzorg, you can watch this video, my friend Jovie made (coming soon).
Big part of the overwhelm came from not knowing what most of those words meant, as they were in Dutch (Google and my Dutch partner also wasn’t super useful), but also because they seemed really specific and I had never used them prior of having a baby.
I wish, I would’ve found a blogpost like this back then, helping me understand what these things are for and where you can buy them. Also giving them some meaning so you’re not just running through Hema like a headless chicken, but you actually know what you’re buying.
To be honest for me personally the list was so overwhelming, that I ended up not buying the things I didn’t understand the need for. On the morning my daughter came, my partner ended up going out and buying the things we were missing with the help of our Kraamzorg. It was fine, but I wish I would’ve been a little more prepared.
Through this post I am sharing my personal experience with these products, but I also asked Meida to give her professional opinion.
Meida van Baal is is a certified doula, childbirth educator and registered kraamverzorgende (maternity nurse) in The Hague. She is the owner of Mitera & Co., doula services, and is a member of the NBvD (Dutch Organization for Doulas).
Meida is also a native english speaker, so she was so kind to send me over the list she gives her clients in English. (I will still keep the Dutch translation next to it, so you can match it to your list.)
Some things are very self explanatory, like a crib, or baby clothing, so we will mostly make comments under items that aren’t unusual, and Meida will comment under things she thinks her clients mostly ask her about.
There will be a part of your list that includes things, that you will find in your Kraampakket. You can order one from your health insurance, depending on the type of insurance you have, they might also cover it. You’re supposed to have one handy, even if you are planning to give birth in the hospital, because some of the items in there are used after birth.
Those are the things you find here, and I am not going to explain what you do with them, as your kraamverzorgende will deal with it when time comes.
The items below are very important to have and people tend to not buy them.
This is what you'll find in the Kraampakket:
If you never end up using this box, you can drop it off at your midwife and they will give it to mothers who can’t afford it, or use it as extra at other births.
So here comes Meida’s list:
Going out with your baby:
Caring for your baby:
In the first few days of your baby’s life you’ll need to keep track of their and your own temperature. Ear thermometers are only suitable for mom.
In the bath:
Most of these items can be bought at Hema and drugstores like (Etos and Kruidvat), but if you want to order everything at the same time bol.com or wehkamp also sells a lot of these.
By the advice of Meida, also, please have a look at the
website “https://www.veiligheid.nl/kinderveiligheid” for more information about safety and buying baby products. The site is in Dutch though.
I really hope this blog helped you understand a bit the things you’ll need and why.
Tue, 02 July