1,5 year ago I moved from Amsterdam to San Francisco. I was prepared for a culture shock in the first weeks, but it only came after one year, when I was pregnant with my first daughter.
In the Netherlands childbirth is not seen as a medical condition, and pregnant women are not be treated as patients. As a result pain relief is not encouraged (only about 10% of women use it) and home births are standard (about 30%). The role of the doctor or gynaecologist in a normal pregnancy in the Netherlands is minor and in most cases they're not involved at all: midwives, who collaborate closely with hospitals if necessary, are in charge.
Coming from a culture where childbirth is seen as a natural event, the extensive care that was provided to me in San Francisco was actually stressful for me, as it made me worry about what could go wrong, whereas my natural (cultural) tendency was to trust in myself and the baby.
After coming home exhausted from an extra antenatal screening that my obgyn had kindly offered me 'to make sure everything was ok with the baby', I realized something needed to shift. I explained to my obgyn that the extra tests made me feel like a helpless patient rather than an empowered mother-to-be. My comment came as a surprise to her, but improved her care for me in the weeks leading up towards the birth by allowing me to be in the lead, rather than her offering solutions.