Home birth in Holland

Producer Liesbeth de Bakker, her son, and her newborn daughter delivered at home by a midwife(© Liesbeth de Bakker)

This programme was made as part of the theme of “family”, a Radio Netherlands Worldwide focus in 2006. The concept of family has changed through the ages and is becoming more diverse. Here in the Netherlands, there is a long tradition of giving birth at home with the help of a midwife. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this popular system, and why is it so strong in this country?

Producer: Liesbeth de Bakker

Broadcast: 2006