In the Netherlands, you get to choose whether you want to give birth at home, at a birth center, in a polyclinic or at the hospital. Research has shown that all these places are safe. However, your choice might be affected by the course of your pregnancy and the delivery.
Consider beforehand where you want to give birth
If you had a healthy pregnancy, you will not have to decide where you want to give birth until the actual delivery and you can easily give birth at home. Nonetheless, it is wise to consider where you want to give birth beforehand. The location of the delivery depends on your own preference and situation. The most important part is that you are comfortable and that you can relax. Being relaxed is extremely important in order to make giving birth as easy as possible. Some women are more comfortable at home, while others prefer being at the hospital.
But it is also possible that your doctor advises you to give birth at the hospital, for medical reasons. Many hospitals give tours on a regular basis. That way, you get to experience the atmosphere beforehand, which may help you to make your choice.