In 2006 ten midwife practices in the Western area of Amsterdam decided to take control over the hospital births without medical indication (aka. “poliklinische bevallingen”). They believed it to be important to offer an alternative for hospital births that has a more homelike setting.
In this believe, they found a partner in the Onze Lieve Vrouwen Gasthuis (OLVG) in Amsterdam and in January 2007 the birthing centre Bevalcentrum West was opened.
Bevalcentrum West is located at the second floor of the OLVG-West. The midwifes equipped and decorated the birthing centre according to there experience and knowledge. This resulted in a centre that provides a homely look and feel with extra facilities to maintain a more physiological birth.