Not only are there tourists from all over the world (often, far too many tourists), but there is a big “expat” culture here.
There are lots of young people in their 20s and 30s working and living here, hailing from all parts of the world.
These are the sort of things you can’t get answers to!
Amsterdam is also such a city of expats and movement that as soon as you make new friends, inevitably some of them move away.
[Twenty percent of births in the Netherlands are done at home, compared to less than 2% in the United States, England, France and Germany.] They treat pregnancy as a normal, healthy thing; it’s very de-medicalized.
For a person like me, that’s great, since it’s very easy for me to get anxious about medical stuff.
I read What to Expect When You’re Expecting and found it helpful, but a bit frustrating.
Here, it’s super chill; you use midwives unless you have a medical concern — like if you’re high risk, or have gestational diabetes — in which case you’d see an ob-gyn. They have a culture of no epidural, no intervention of any kind.
That makes it very easy and navigable to live here as an expat.