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Your desire to have children

Whether you are a man with HIV or a woman with HIV, under a doctor’s supervision, it is possible for you to have a healthy baby. If you take certain precautions, it will be nearly impossible for you to pass on your HIV to your baby.

HIV+ alien & pregnancy

What are your rights if you no longer have any possible legal remedies as an alien and you are pregnant?

You will have a right to accommodation for four weeks before and six weeks after you give birth, and you will be insured against medical expenses during that period.

What if you find out during your pregnancy that you are HIV positive and you don't have documents of legal residency in the Netherlands?

Under certain conditions, you can start an application procedure for residency on the basis of a medical emergency.

What if you have become pregnant by a Dutch partner?

If your partner is Dutch, he (or she) can acknowledge the unborn child as his (or her) child already before it is born. The child will then automatically receive the Dutch nationality.

Does your newborn baby need to be registered at the Registry Office at City Hall?

Every newborn baby must be registered with the Registry Office of the municipality in which it was born. This gives the child the "right to exist". This is something different from its having a legal status, since that depends on the status of the child's parents.


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Information for mother-to-be

This brochure provides answers to many questions that HIV positive women have before
pregnancy as well as during and after pregnancy.mother to be

If you are HIV positive and pregnant, there are additional worries: you ask yourself whether your baby will be born HIV positive, you may become worried about your own health and perhaps you wonder whether you will be able to take good care of your baby. Perhaps you regret that you will not be able to breastfeed your baby and maybe you have apprehensions about all the medical fuss surrounding your pregnancy.

However, every year hundreds of HIV positive women give birth to babies. With correct medical care the chance that the baby will be HIV positive is very small: less than 1%. In spite of the worries that come along with this situation, most women can enjoy pregnancy as well as being a mother. Why not try that: do not let yourself be shut out because of the limitations
that come along with an HIV infection. If you are having a diffi cult time, just think of all the women before you who are now happy mothers of healthy babies.

Read the brochure online (pdf).

What positive women and an HIV nurse have to say

Why aren’t you breastfeeding your baby?
I gave birth on Saturday, and on Monday they took a blood sample from her tiny hand. I felt really sorry for her, and it made me feel awfully guilty. The results were good. After six weeks she was tested again, and those results were good too. She will be tested for the last time a month from now, and then we will know for sure that everything is okay. I will be happy when I know that she is completely free. During the pregnancy I thought: ‘Those tests are not so nerve wracking, since the chance is so slight that things will go wrong.’ But it wasn’t until they told me the results that I noticed that I had been stressed about it. It had more of an impact on me than I had expected. It is really my biggest fear that Noni could have it.

Pregnancy - desire to have children

Regardless of whether you are a man or a woman, and despite your HIV, you can still have a healthy baby under proper supervision from a doctor. If you take certain precautions, it is practically impossible for your baby to get HIV from you. Also since your life expectancy with HIV is more or less normal, HIV doesn’t need to stand in the way of your desire to have children. The only difference is that as a positive woman you cannot breastfeed your baby and your baby will have to take HIV medications for a month. Even though there is almost no chance that your baby will be born with HIV, many new parents (and parents-to-be) are very worried until they get the final results. You also need to think about how the people around you will react: do they realise that you have HIV? And when will you tell your child? Every positive mum or dad will find her or his own way of dealing with these issues. You can get important guidance from your HIV doctor or internist and your HIV nurse. And it is also a good idea to get in touch with other people with HIV who are – or want to become – mothers or fathers.


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