If you are a Dutch national and want to come to the Netherlands for the birth of your child, there are a number of matters you need to arrange.
Choose your situation
If you are moving to the Netherlands for at least 4 months, you must register with the municipality where you will be living. The municipality will register you as a resident in the Personal Records Database (BRP).
If you are moving to the Netherlands for less than 4 months, you do not need to register with a Dutch municipality. Find out below what arrangements you need to make.
Before the birth
Be sure to arrange the following before the birth of your child.
Apply for maternity leave
Find out from your employer whether you will get maternity leave if you go to the Netherlands to give birth. Your partner should also ask their employer if they are eligible for leave.
Make sure you have adequate health insurance
Find out whether your health insurance covers the cost of giving birth in the Netherlands. Besides costs relating to obstetric care, this also includes maternity care in the period after childbirth (kraamzorg).
Apply for a BSN
If you don’t yet have a citizen service number (BSN), you should apply for one so that you can make all the necessary preparations for giving birth in the Netherlands.
After the birth
Register the birth
In the Netherlands you must register a birth within 3 days with the municipality where the child was born, even if you live abroad. After registering the birth you will receive a birth certificate.
If you are not registered with a Dutch municipality, your child will not be registered with the municipality either.
You may also have to register the birth in the country where you live. Find out more about this from the authorities in the country where you live.
Register in the RNI
If you live outside the Netherlands, you can register your child in the Non-residents Records Database (RNI). You can do this at a municipality with an RNI desk. After registering your child in the RNI you will receive an extract with your child’s citizen service number (BSN).
Apply for a passport or ID card for your child
What else you can arrange
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.