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Guidance during labor and birth

Every labor and every birth are unique, and they run at their own rhythm.
That is why it is essential to be guided by an experienced and trusted midwife.
With such a personal guidance, you have a much greater chance of a positive birth experience and fewer medical interventions.

House of Meraki

Diagnosis of Labor

Your midwife will visit you at home to assess whether the process of labor has actually started, and when is the best time to leave for the hospital. By doing so, the chance is small that you will be hospitalized too early (risking unnecessary medical interventions) and sent back home.

Labor at home

When you do start experiencing your first contractions, you can definitely choose to be accompanied by your midwife. You can then actively labor in your own, familiar environment. We check how far the labor has progressed and keep a very close eye on your well-being, including that of your child, and also of your partner. We offer tips, trust and active assistance. We supervise the labor at home as long as you feel stable and comfortable, or until we indicate it is high time to leave for hospital. Then, we entrust any further care to our expert colleagues at hospital of your choice. 

Guidance at the hospital

You can choose to give birth in the hospital, with your midwife alongside. After active supervision of your labor at home, the midwife will accompany you to the hospital and stays with you (as an additional caring midwife).

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PRICES
(personal share)

A waiting fee is charged for each of our guidance sessions.

This means that we are available 7/7 and 24/24, from 37 weeks of pregnancy. 

Diagnosis of labor: 100 euros

Work at home: 250 euros

Work at home with further guidance in the hospital: 490 euros

 

Care package for guidance during labor and birth

Availability and rates

During your pregnancy you discuss the possibility and availability of your midwife to guide you through labor and possibly delivery.

How much does this cost? 

Waiting fee: for each of our support services we charge a waiting fee of 100 euros via a payment request at 36 weeks of pregnancy. You will also receive all practical information listed here.

The waiting allowance covers the 24/7 accessibility and availability of the midwife from 37 weeks of pregnancy until delivery.

Please note: this compensation will not be refunded, even if you ultimately did not rely on us for the birth. 

Our guidances:

Diagnosis of labor: waiting fee (non-refundable). Other costs (nomenclature of midwifery services) are settled directly with your health insurance company.

Labor at home: waiting fee (non-refundable) + if your midwife actually comes to your home to supervise labor at home, 150 euros will be charged after the birth (depending on your hospitalization insurance, this cost may or may not be reimbursed). Other costs (nomenclature of midwifery services) are settled directly with your health insurance company.

Assistance at home and in the hospital: waiting fee (non-refundable) + if your midwife actually comes to your home and/or accompanies you in the hospital, 390 euros will be charged after the birth. Other costs (nomenclature of midwifery services) are settled directly with your health insurance company.

What does this mean?

  • We are available 24/7 from the 37th week of pregnancy until the very delivery. 

  • For the 'diagnosis of labor', we will pay you a home visit and  assess together with you when is the best time to leave for the hospital. We actively monitor your baby's well-being and ensure that you are not admitted at hospital too early. We will inform the hospital's maternity ward that you will be arriving shortly.

  • We are available for labor at home and for accompanying you in the hospital, both during the day and at night.

  • At least one of us is always available during nights, weekends and holiday periods.​

When do you call your midwife?

During the day:

  • when your waters break

  • when you are in active labor

  • if you have any urgent question or concern

At night:

  • if your waters break and the amniotic fluid is not clear (brown, green)

    • are the waters transparant? You can wait until the morning, unless:​

  • when you are in active labor

  • when you need our urgent advise or if you are growing worried

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