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Honing als beloning 

Op mijn spreekuur verschijnt een koppel die hun eerste kind samen verwacht. Hij heeft al een zoon uit een eerdere relatie en zij is voor het eerst zwanger. ‘Wij hebben

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Turn(st)er?

In my diary is an appointment for a sex determination. The appointment has gone through a friend of a friend. "These people want someone they can trust," it says in

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'High five' 

Today I am on duty, together with our 2nd year student. She is doing a 10-week internship in our practice. Her family roots are in Iran and there she has

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Ukraine in miniature

It is Thursday when I am on duty and drive past all the maternity wives to see how they are doing. On my third visit, I get a call from a nurse

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Missed miscarriage?

A woman coming in weakly presses a clammy hand to me. "I'm nervous," she says. She is alone and sits down on the chair. "What's the matter?"

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Location facilities 'ON'

Ten weeks after giving birth, a woman steps into my consulting room. 'Once a Kyleena IUD,' she says, laughing. She is an acquaintance to me and gave birth to her first son.

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No 'strings' attached

It is 4.30am when my phone rings. Surprised, I look at my phone for a few seconds. When my consciousness returns I realise I am on duty and quickly take

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This was not in the leaflet!

After a long day of consultation, I pick up my children from after-school care. When we get home, coats and bags are thrown into the corner. 'Euhh...should we take those

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Windy spring jitters

'Mummy! There are purple flowers in the garden,' says my youngest son one Sunday morning. I walk with him and see a few stray violets in the garden. 'Have

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Plan A?

'See you later mum!" says my eldest son as he presses a quick kiss on my cheek. I look after him as he walks into the schoolyard and chat a little more

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A healthy fish

As I drive to work, I see a number of signs passing by along the road. They contain advertisements for gyms nearby. These signs strike me more as

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Water ballet

It is around 3am when I receive a wake-up call. In the screen of my phone, I see the name of my fellow practice in town.

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Catty?

When I am on duty on a sunny Thursday morning, my phone rings around 10.00am. 'It's started I think,' says a familiar female voice. 'The contractions started 05.00 am

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