Maternity care intake interview, what can you expect?

When you are pregnant you have a lot to deal with. You must ensure that maternity care is arranged on time. Often before 16 weeks of pregnancy. Someone from the maternity care agency will visit you for an intake interview. The intake interview will take place between 28 and 34 weeks. What can you expect from this? In the case of a second pregnancy, an intake interview is often by telephone.

What can I expect during the intake interview?

Once you have registered for maternity care, the relevant authority will contact you for an intake interview. You will often be called for this appointment before the thirtieth week of your pregnancy. In most cases, the intake will take place between the 32nd and 36th week of pregnancy.

Insurance information

During the intake interview, your insurance details will be discussed. How are you insured for maternity care? And what is reimbursed? Most insurance companies will partially reimburse the required hours with basic insurance, and with a supplementary package no personal contribution is required for maternity care.
The insurance information will determine how many hours of maternity care are provided. Normally, 8 days of maternity care are provided, starting from the birth of the baby. This concerns a minimum of 32 hours, which are spread over these 8 days. How exactly these hours are divided, and whether multiple hours of care may be required, is determined during the intake interview with the maternity care agency.

Power supply

During the intake it will be discussed what kind of nutrition you want to give. If you are going to breastfeed, you are entitled to more hours of maternity care, because the maternity nurse will provide you with intensive support in this. She will teach you how to latch the baby on and keep a close eye on whether everything goes well. This does not apply with formula feeding, so fewer hours are required.

Baby room

People also often want to take a look at the baby’s room during the intake interview. It’s not necessary for the room to be finished, so don’t worry if you’re still working on it. We will check whether you have all the necessary items at home and whether everything meets the correct requirements. Pay close attention to things such as the bars of the crib or crib. The distance between the bars should be between 4.5 and 6.5 centimeters, so that the baby’s head cannot get stuck. The jars are also examined. These must be seamless, and the rubbers must all be intact. This is very important in connection with leakage.
They will often also want to take a look at your own bedroom to see what the facilities are like. Can someone walk around the bed? Does the bed need to be raised for the maternity nurse?

Household affairs

During the intake interview, some household matters will also be discussed. Are there certain wishes you have in this area? And are there any pets in the family? Pets are not the responsibility of the maternity nurse. so you will have to arrange something for this yourself.


In order to provide good maternity care, people must of course be trained. For this it is very important that they gain practical experience. Do you object to an intern coming along during your maternity period? Then you can pass this on during the intake. Or maybe you like having 2 people in the house to help you.

To ask

If you have any questions during the intake, please feel free to ask! When you have doubts about something, it is better to just ask than to remain in uncertainty. It is useful to write down some questions in advance. There is a good chance that you will forget to ask them differently during the conversation.

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