Not all hospitals meet government rules on birth pain relief

Fifteen Dutch hospitals are not in a position to guarantee pregnant women an epidural to relieve pain outside normal working hours, despite government guidelines introduced two year ago, the AD reports on Thursday.

In the 15 hospitals, which are not named, epidurals are only offered between 09.00 and 17.00, the paper says. Most hospital births happen at night.
The information is included in the newspaper’s Top 100 hospital ranking which will be published this weekend. has been free for 12 years, but now we are asking our readers to help. Your donation will enable us to keep providing you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch.
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