Giving birth in the Netherlands: Conference, 29 January

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What you need to know about the Dutch maternity system and women's rights to informed choices.

The media continues lashing out at home births after a study claims The Netherlands to have almost the highest infant mortality rate. The country is divided between home and hospital birth. Enter Babyface’s conference ‘Giving Birth in The Netherlands: The Dutch Maternity System & Women’s Rights to Informed Choices”, the first-ever conference on the Dutch maternity system, a must-attend for all parents giving birth here, as well as maternity professionals and birth educators. It features the country’s top certified maternity experts.

Neither advocating for home or hospital birth, the conference presents all options to meet basic women’s rights to informed choices. Discover the merits and demerits of home, hospital and birth centre births; pain relief, interventions, birth and pregnancy resources and what to expect from the local maternity system.  More importantly, hear from our experts just how safe it is to give birth here—given reports on the high perinatal mortality rate—in a controversial, first-ever panel discussion led by Dr. Simone Buitendijk (Professor of Maternal and Child Health and Midwifery Studies at the University of Amsterdam Medical Centre; Head of the Child Health Programme, TNO Institute for Applied Science, The Netherlands) featuring Frits Schouten (Verloskundige, AMC) and Beatrijs Smulders (Founder and Director of The Birth Centre Amsterdam).

When and where

You’re invited to raise questions at this expat and local-friendly English-speaking conference, followed by a birth preparation workshop held on Saturday 29 January 2011, at Hotel Casa 400 Amsterdam.

No other event comes close because this is the first and only. Exercise your right to informed choices: start by viewing the conference and workshop agenda at

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