Working with women, in a period when their lives undergo more changes than at any other time, has always been a passion of mine. As a midwife, I am always inspired by how different it can be, for each woman, to find a way in the ‘maternal forest’. To become a mother is an amazing, life changing, never ending story. I feel privileged to support women during this precious phase in their lives.
It is important for each woman to find her own way of giving birth and becoming a mother. Providing the care and information that she needs on this journey is the most important part of my role. Over time, my role has expanded from being a midwife to an all-round counselor (coach) regarding pregnancy and breastfeeding in order to provide the best care for each woman.
I have been a midwife for 20 years, a co-owner of a midwifery practice in Amsterdam for 12.5 years, and a midwife teacher for 15 years. Midwifery is a profession which gives me energy and fulfillment in my life. In 2010, I sold my part of the practice in Amsterdam, to focus on expanding my skills and knowledge to assist women, and enrich my work. Since then I have become a certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) and studied several counselling approaches (coaching, mindfulness, NLP, EMDR).
Just as important as my work, is my beautiful family which I’m surrounded by, with my husband, and son and daughter… my kids are fast becoming teenagers! In 2012, we lived for a period in Melbourne, where I worked and learned amongst inspiring colleagues in the breastfeeding ‘guru’ country of Australia.