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Appointments

Do you want to book an appointment for a consultation or treatment? Call us on weekdays. Please keep in mind that the clinic is usually quite busy during morning hours and you may be on hold for a while.

When booking your appointment, we will ask for the following information:

  • Your name, date of birth and telephone number.
  • Your Citizen Service Number (Burgerservicenummer/BSN) if you live in the Netherlands.
  • The date of the first day of your last menstruation, or your ultrasound scan records.
  • If you are on medication, are overweight or have a medical condition.
  • Which treatment you have chosen.
  • If you have a doctor’s referral.

Treatment of pregnancies of 18 weeks or more are only performed at Bloemenhove Clinic in Haarlem.

Younger than 16

If you are younger than 16, you need permission (in writing) of one of your parents or your legal guardian to have an abortion. If that is impossible, please contact our clinic. We will help you out.

Appointment cancellation

Do you want to cancel or reschedule your appointment? Please let us know as soon as possible, by phone or email, so we can give your appointment to another woman.

COVID
Women who have or will have an appointment need to be in good health. Please do a COVID self-test at home.

Your clinic visit: alone or accompanied?

It’s great of someone can come with you. You may come with one companion to the clinic. This could be your partner, a friend or a family member. It is up to you if you want this person to be present at the doctor’s consultation. First, the doctor will want a quick word with you on your own, to make sure the abortion really is your decision. The person accompanying you is not allowed to be present during the treatment or in the recovery room. No children are allowed at the clinic.

“We want to thank you so much for all you’ve done and your loving care. Of course, it’s not a pleasant procedure, but thanks to you I was able to leave the clinic with a tiny smile on my face and a calm feeling. My sincerest gratitude.”

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Is there a waiting list?

Usually, you can have an appointment at our clinic within a week.
If you are more than sixteen days late, we are obliged to take the 5-day consideration period into account when booking an appointment.

Why is there a 5-day consideration period?

Dutch law stipulates a consideration period of 5 days. This means that after you have spoken to a doctor about a possible termination, you have to take at least five days to seriously think over your decision to terminate your pregnancy. The abortion can take place from the sixth day onwards.
If your pregnancy is shorter than 16 days, the mandatory 5-day consideration period does not apply.

Can I get help without a referral?

If your pregnancy is shorter than 16 days, you don’t need a referral letter.

If your pregnancy is longer than 16 days, a referral letter from your GP or other doctor is proof that you have taken at least five days to consider your decision to terminate the pregnancy.

If you don’t want to consult your own doctor, you can speak to one of our doctors about your wish to terminate the pregnancy. Treatment can take place from the sixth day after this consultation and you won’t need a referral letter.

I am underage, do I need my parents’ permission?

If you are 15 or younger, you and one of your parents or legal guardian need to give permission for treatment, so you can never be forced to have an abortion. If you are unable to notify you parent(s) or guardian, please call us on +31 (0)23 528 98 90.

If you are 16 or older, you don’t need your parents’ or guardian’s permission.

I have had an abortion before. Is that a problem?

A previous abortion poses no physical objections for the treatment.

Can my partner or companion be present during the treatment?

Your partner or companion can be present during the consultation and preliminary examination by the doctor and during the additional interview with the nurse. However, the doctor will first want a quick word with you on your own. Your partner or companion is not allowed to be present during the actual treatment.

Can you fit a coil (IUD) after the abortion?

For pregnancies up to 15 weeks, directly after the abortion treatment you can have a coil (IUD) fitted. If you have chosen for the abortion pill, you can have an IUD fitted during the follow-up, four weeks after the abortion.

If you have health insurance in the Netherlands, the IUD insertion procedure is free of charge, but the IUD itself is not free, and can be purchased at our clinic. Both hormonal and non-hormonal IUDs are available. Some health insurances cover (part of) the costs of the IUD. Please contact your health insurer for any medical cover. If you are younger than 18, both IUD insertion procedure and IUD are free.

Are abortion costs covered by my health insurance?

No. If you live or work in the Netherlands, you don’t have to pay for the abortion. The costs are fully covered by the Long-term Care Act (Wet Langdurige Zorg; WLZ; a national insurance scheme for exceptional medical expenses). We don’t inform your health insurer about the abortion and no money is deducted from your health insurance’s deductible excess (‘eigen risico’). You remain anonymous.

How about my privacy?

We handle your personal information extremely careful and only give information to family or friends after your explicit consent. For example, if you know a family member or friend will call us to inquire after your health, please let the receptionist know. Also, we don’t pass on any treatment information to your health insurer.

I don’t want to go to my GP for a referral letter, or my GP does not want to provide a referral. Where can I go?

You can book an appointment at our clinic for the initial consultation. If you are pregnant for longer than 6 weeks and 2 days, we can only carry out the treatment 6 days after the initial consultation due to the mandatory waiting period (5 days).