The maternity partner leave program in the Netherlands
Becoming pregnant, being pregnant, giving birth and the upcoming parenthood might be challenging if you don’t speak Dutch. Birth Verloskundigen is a midwife practice in Stadshagen Zwolle that will provide you with
guidance during the pregnancy, giving the birth and the maternity period. We can also provide information on planning to conceive, how to plan your birth control and birth control prescription (insertion of birth control devices, such as spiral ect.)
Birth Verloskundigen is a small, personal, committed and dedicated midwife practice that delivers a full care model for parents and children. We offer you professional midwifery care from a responsible and efficient perspective by working closely together with other disciplines. We have the possibility to provide you with longer and more frequent checkups than usual in a Dutch practice, so there will be enough time for all your wishes and questions.
The partner leave program of the Netherlands is not always easy to understand for non-Dutch speaking people. Even for Dutch Speaking people it’s sometimes hard to get.
As of the 1st of July 2020, the current Dutch law with regards to the partner leave program will change. Even most of the Dutch partners are not aware of the new applicable law as of the first of July 2020.
The existing arrangement as of the first of January 2019
Since the 1st of January 2019, partners of women who have given birth are entitled to the number of working hours per week at 100% of the wage. The employee can take these leave days at his own discretion. But must do this within 4 weeks after the birth of the child.
Example: the partner is working 4 days, 8 hours per day. The partner is entitled to have 8 X 4 = 32 hours, to be taken in the first 4 weeks after the delivery at his own discretion. The employer will continue to pay the salary in full during this leave.
Maternity leave as of the 1st of July 2020
As of the 1st of July 2020, the partners may take another 5 weeks of additional birth leave in the first half year, after the delivery at 70% of their wages.
The employee must take these leave weeks within 6 months after the birth of the child. However, one of the conditions is that an employee first takes up the birth leave of once the number of working hours per week.
An employee must also request the leave in whole weeks. In consultation with the employer, the employee can spread the additional leave over a period longer than 5 weeks. It is also possible to take additional birth leave for less than 5 weeks.
Is your child born on or after 1 July 2020? Then your partner will be entitled to supplementary birth leave and the benefit.
Partners bounding with their newborn
Research suggests that fathers who are hand-on early and throughout their babies’ early years will be less stressed, and the children benefit too, so that’s why every partner should consider to take the benefits of the maternity leave facilities.
Whether they deserve it or not, new dads can get a bad press for failing to be “hands-on” with their new son or daughter. But now a growing body of research suggests that the sooner fathers starting bonding with their baby, the brighter the future for the whole family.
Partners are given the space to be a father. If they find that they can very well take care of their child alone, this increases the self-confidence in their paternity.
More information can be obtained at the official site of the Dutch Government at: https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/onderwerpen/geboorteverlof-en-partnerverlof/plannen-met-geboorteverlof-voor-partners
How is the arrangement in the Netherlands compared to other countries?
Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Estonia and Portugal offer the best family-friendly policies among 31 rich countries with available data, according to a new UNICEF report. Switzerland, Greece, Cyprus, United Kingdom and Ireland rank the lowest.
Produced by UNICEF’s Office of Research – Innocenti the report ranks countries across the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and European Union (EU) based on their national family-friendly policies. These policies include the duration of parental leave at full pay equivalent, and childcare services for children aged between 0-6 years old.
Looking at the position of the Netherlands with regards to parental leave for partners, there is still a lot of work to be done.
The report also finds that there is a significant lack of paid paternity available to fathers. However, even when fathers are offered paid leave, many do not to take it. In Japan, the only country that offers at least six months at full pay for fathers, only 1 in 20 fathers took paid leave in 2017.
Birth Verloskundigen is a small, personal, committed and dedicated midwife practice that delivers a full care model for parents and child. We offer you professional midwifery care from a responsible and efficient perspective by working closely together with other disciplines. We have the possibility to provide you with longer and more frequent checkups than usual in a Dutch practice. By doing this, there will be enough time for all your wishes and questions.
Therefore, we provide you with an English, German, French or Arabic speaking midwife, flexible consultation hours, ultrasounds, home visits, continuous monitoring during the pregnancy. We provide delivery at home and in the hospital, cooperation with the gynecologists in the region. All midwives are registered in the quality register for midwives. We have contracts with all major healthcare insurance companies, post-natal care, preconception consultation and birth control consultation.
Because it is not about us, but about you. It’s about your pregnancy, you are giving birth and it’s your child. We inform, facilitate and check.
You are welcome for a free consultation at our practice in Stadshagen Zwolle, or we can visit you on-site.
Are you interested or do you have any questions? Please contact us by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at +31 6 15 15 80 52.
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