Obstetric care

Maternity period

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We will also take care of you after the birth. In the first week after giving birth, we come to maternity visits several times. We monitor mom's recovery, give advice on nutrition, of course, see how your mini is doing and how you are doing as a new family.

If extra attention is needed for breastfeeding, we work with the finest lactation consultant in Rotterdam. Even if you notice that your pelvic floor could use more support, we have tips and exercises. If necessary, we can refer you to a specialized postpartum pelvic physiotherapist.

You need maternity care for the maternity period. You can choose and arrange the maternity care organization yourself. Of course, we will advise you on this during one of our first appointments. We also prepare you for the postpartum period during pregnancy using the online course we developed.

After this first week of maternity, when the maternity care at home is over, intensive obstetric care often also ends. Not at ELLE! It is precisely then that we will continue to guide you intensively until 6 weeks after giving birth. We call this fourth-trimester care part of our free Extra Care.

When should you call us during the maternity period? The basic rule: you call us if you have any concerns and/or questions about yourself or your baby. There are no times for this; you can also call at night.

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In the first 6 weeks after childbirth:

  • Sudden heavy bleeding and/or blood clots
  • Fever > 38°C or >100.4°F
  • Strong-smelling vaginal bleeding
  • Persistent abdominal pain
  • Headache, blurred vision, developing/vomiting, upper abdominal pain, pain between shoulder blades, sudden edema
  • Painful, hard, red spots in your breast(s)
  • Painful, swollen, red leg(s)
  • Depressed feelings: sadness, not being able to enjoy things, loss of appetite, feeling excessively worried


In the first 10 days after birth:

  • Temperature <36.5°C/97.7°F or >37.5°C/99.5°F
  • Jaundice within 24 hours of delivery
  • Repeatedly refusing to drink
  • Moaning breathing
  • Gray, pale, or blue skin color
  • If lips, tongue, and/or the inside of the mouth turn blue
  • Repeated forceful vomiting (with a bow)
  • Suspicion of an inflamed belly button (fiery red/pus formation)
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We understand those first exciting weeks with your baby like no other. We've got you.