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As Dutch trained British midwives Elinor & Martha provide midwifery care to both Dutch and English speaking women within the Dutch system, with particular focus on the needs of international women having a baby in the Netherlands.

The midwifery centre in which they work, together with three colleagues is called ‘Verloskundig Centrum DelVi and is based in Delft. The centre serves clients in Delft, Den Hoorn, Delfgauw, Schipluiden, Ypenburg & the Delft side of Rijswijk.

DelVi enjoys ample free parking, has it’s own ultrasound facilities and the midwives are all qualified to conduct ultrasound scans. Clinics by appointment are run at two different locations and evening appointments are also offered.

The center also works closely with lactation consultant Aidulac, kraamzorg De Eilanden and Arjenne Hoeksema, midwife and specialist coach.

You can contact DelVi for pre-conception consultations, contraceptive consultations, pregnancy care, post-natal care, breastfeeding support, kraamzorg and extra support and coaching.

For further information and to register click here.

What does a midwife do?

A midwife is a person who, having been regularly admitted to a midwifery educational programme, duly recognised in the country in which it is located, has successfully completed the prescribed course of studies in midwifery and has acquired the requisite qualifications to be registered and/or legally licensed to practise midwifery.

The midwife is recognised as a responsible and accountable professional who works in partnership with women to give the necessary support, care and advice during pregnancy, labour and the postpartum period, to conduct births on the midwife’s own responsibility and to provide care for the newborn and the infant. This care includes preventative measures, the promotion of normal birth, the detection of complications in mother and child, the accessing of medical care or other appropriate assistance and the carrying out of emergency measures

The midwife has an important task in health counselling and education, not only for the woman, but also within the family and the community. This work should involve antenatal education and preparation for parenthood and may extend to women’s health, sexual or reproductive health and child care.

A midwife may practise in any setting including the home, community, hospitals, clinics or health units’ (ICM 2005)



Verloskundig Centrum DelVi: Buitenhofdreef 272, 2625 RE, Delft

Gezondheidscentrum The Vermeertoren: Van Beresteynstraat 169c, 2614 HE, Delft (every Friday morning)