Your first visit to the midwife will be between 8 and 10 weeks of pregnancy. Orientating yourself to midwifery practice is useful. Then there is enough time to plan your first appointment and to start thinking about prenatal screening.
If your pregnancy goes without complications, she will guide you through the rest of your pregnancy and delivery. In case of difficulties or an increased risk thereof, you will be accompanied by a gynecologist or clinical obstetrician in the hospital.
During your first visit to the midwife, she will ask you many questions and provide information about your pregnancy. The midwife takes extensive time to get to know you and to answer your questions. Together you fill in a pregnancy card, on which all the important information will be displayed that may influence your pregnancy, birth or maternity period. Preferably take your partner with you, together you know more than alone. This is what can be requested during your first meeting:
- Have you ever had surgery?
- Do you use medication?
- Have you ever had a blood transfusion?
- Have you ever been treated by a specialist?
- Are you allergic to certain medicines?
- Do you smoke?
- Do you use alcohol or drugs?
- Have you ever had a venereal disease?
- When did you last have a smear made?
- Have you been vaccinated against a red dog?
- Do you or someone in your family ever suffer from cold sores?
- Have you ever had a negative sexual experience?
- Is there diabetes or high blood pressure in your family?
- Are there congenital disabilities in your family?
- Have all children from both families been born alive and healthy?
- How did any previous pregnancies/deliveries go?