Where can I give birth?
If everything is proceeding normally in your pregnancy, and you have not been classed as 'high risk', you can decide to give birth:
- in hospital – you might also like to read about how to choose a hospital
- at home
- in water, either in a hospital that can offer this, or at home (you can rent birth pools through some midwives)
- in a birth centre
Birth centres in Belgium
There are currently no birth centres in Brussels, and it is not always easy to find up-to-date lists of birth centres in Wallonia and Flanders.
Bolle Buik midwife Patty Docx runs ‘Birth and breakfast’ (site in Dutch) at her home in Viersel, Flanders. This is a small birth centre, where you can give birth in the comfort of a home setting, under the watchful eye of a midwife.
To find out about other birth centres, ask an independent midwife. She'll be well placed to give you more information.