Echo Zuid: all the information you need for your pregnancy
In addition to all the healthy suspense and expectation you will be feeling, a pregnancy will also involve a number of practical matters. Echo Zuid will provide you and your partner with all the information you need for your pregnancy in a clear manner.
We will help you with any questions you may have
Whether you are expecting your first child or you are already a mother: each pregnancy is different and may raise questions. Our ultrasound practice in Amsterdam will answer all these questions as clearly as possible. If your child is in a breech position, for example, we are qualified to carry out a version. We will facilitate the NIPT test(Non-Invasive Prenatal Test) at your request.
It may of course be the case that you aren’t entirely satisfied with our contact, service or any procedures we may have carried out, which is why we have a complaints procedure in place.
If you have any other questions about your pregnancy, you can contact us at any time on +31 (0)20 679 1710.
The version is a safe method of reducing the risk of a breech birth. Our sonographer and obstetrician Conny de By has been carrying out versions on breech presentations for over 35 years and is listed in the KNOV version register.
Echo Zuid has a high success rate: 75% in the past year. We take an ultrasound before and after the version, to check the baby’s position.
The ultrasounds are carried out at our practice, because Conny herself is also the sonographer. This is listed in the KNOV ultrasound register and BEN ultrasound register.
The version consultation hours are open to all pregnant women in Amsterdam and the surrounding area. The costs will be reimbursed in full and we can declare them directly with your health insurer.
At your initial appointment, the version expert will first assess your abdomen, and then provide you with leaflets and further information about the version.
The NIPT test is an examination aimed at discovering any chromosomal abnormalities of the foetus, particularly Down’s syndrome, Patau syndrome and Edwards’ syndrome, or trisomy 21, 13 and 18 respectively. By taking blood from the mother, cells originating from the child are strained from the mother’s blood. In these cells, the hereditary characteristics of the unborn child are mapped out in the laboratory.
In neighbouring countries, the test is already being offered to pregnant women as standard, but this is yet to happen in the Netherlands.
In this study, the NIPT test is being offered to pregnant women who, after taking the combined test, receive a result with an increased risk of Down’s syndrome or trisomy 18 or 13. The NIPT test is then offered and refunded before you can undergo chorionic villus sampling (CVS, sampling of placenta tissue) or amniocentesis (a test that checks for genetic disorders, which carries a risk of miscarriage) to find out for certain. The test isn’t harmful to the mother or the child.
If you don’t qualify based on the criteria listed above, the test won’t be available to you in the Netherlands, even if you are willing to pay for it yourself. If you don’t meet the criteria, you can have the test taken at your own expense and request by Gendia in Antwerp. We work in partnership with Gendia and take blood samples at your request. You therefore don’t need to travel to Belgium, as we will ensure that your blood is transported on your behalf. Please register by e-mail. You don’t need to be referred by an obstetrician or a gynaecologist. Please pay Gendia/Antwerp directly.
When you attend your appointment for the NIPT test, an ultrasound may also be taken at no extra charge. Ask our assistant to explain your options to you.
If you aren’t satisfied or aren’t completely satisfied, don’t keep it bottled up!
At our practice in Amsterdam, we believe it’s important that you can trust the quality of our care, and that you feel at home and safe when you come to us. Which is why we do everything we can to provide a high level of care and support to you and your partner. If you have any further questions or doubts, or there’s something you’re dissatisfied with, please let us know. Preferably as soon as possible, but even if you have been wrestling with it for a while. We will discuss the issue together and try to do something about it quickly.
If you have a complaint, please notify us yourself by phone or by e-mail. Call +31 (0)20 679 1710 and ask to speak to our centre's manager or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or make use of KNOV’s general complaints procedure.