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To do after childbirth

After giving birth, practical matters also need to be arranged. Birth registration needs to be done, the insurance company needs to know that the baby has been born. Someone from the GGD will come by for the heel prick and hearing test. It is also important to help your body recover with pelvic floor muscle exercises, among other things.

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Information and advice

Birth declaration

It is mandatory to file birth registration with the municipality where the child was born within 3 days of a baby's birth. The declaration can be done digitally in most cases.

If you have to report at the town hall what do you take with you:

  • A valid proof of identity;
  • If applicable, the marriage certificate;
  • If applicable, a copy of the deed of recognition and/or deed of choice of name.

More information www.postbus51.nl

Heel prick and hearing screening

Home visit from GGD
Between the 4th and 7th day after the birth, someone from the GGD Groningen will come to your home for the hearing test and heel prick. The GGD will be informed automatically after the declaration of your child, so it is important to report the birth in time. The heel prick tests your child's blood for 17 rare but treatable diseases. Early detection of these diseases ensures much better treatment options and a better future for your child. You will have the results of this screening within 3 weeks after the blood test. 

Hearing test
The hearing screening is done at home using a small soft plug in the ear containing a small microphone and a speaker. This examination does not hurt. Sometimes the test has to be repeated a few days later before the results are clear. Both ears are tested separately. More info

Exercises and advice for after childbirth

If you have had a vaginal birth, your pelvic floor muscles are stretched and bruised. In addition, they may be damaged by a cut or tear. After a caesarean section, your pelvic floor is less stressed by childbirth, but weakened by pregnancy. The pelvic floor often feels different after childbirth, you may not be able to feel properly when you need to urinate or defecate or you may not be able to hold up urine or stools properly. Fortunately, these symptoms are usually temporary. To aid recovery, it is important that you handle your pelvis, lower back and pelvic floor sensibly after childbirth. When you are somewhat rested again after the birth of your baby and feel a bit 'good'. Then you can slowly start exercising your pelvic floor, for example a few days after giving birth.

The maternity centre's care plan often already describes exercises. In cooperation with Physiotherapy 'the Flint', we have put on paper pelvic floor exercises you can do just after giving birth. Click on this link. It is important to do the exercises in a relaxed manner. Therefore, try to take time and rest for the exercises daily.


At the conclusion of care, we always discuss contraception. We find that this subject is not always alive (again) then because you have just given birth. It takes time and attention to make the choice that suits you. There are many possibilities and it is important to take into account, for example, the combination with breastfeeding and previous experiences. Once every six weeks there is a contraception consultation hour in our practice.

Wendy Wielenga is the contraception specialist. She knows answers to all questions around contraception. She can prescribe a prescription, place or remove an IUD and she can place or remove an implantable rod. She also offers aftercare.

You can make an appointment with her directly.

For more information:
Phone: 06-12672604

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