Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to be either a midwife, sing on stage, or work with floral fabrics. I eventually took over the family business designing and selling shoes and handbags, which I happily did for many years. After giving birth to my two daughters in 2007 and 2011, it became clear that the perfect combination of travelling, seasonal peaks and having a healthy family life was not easily obtained.
Having experienced two induced hospital births myself with the explicit coaching that went along with that, I asked myself what I could do to contribute to a healthy and pleasant birthing culture in the Netherlands. In addition to my training at JJ doula which I followed in 2013, I’ve also chosen to study at Birthlight yoga in 2014 in order to become a prenatal yoga teacher, which diploma I received in 2015. The combination of both professions give me the best opportunity to support each woman in every stage of her pregnancy. More information about Birthlight and it’s unique teaching method : www.birthlight.com
In 2014 I’ve also become a member of the NBvD, Nederlandse Beroeps Vereniging voor Doula’s, that is responsible for a code of conduct for all doula’s in the Netherlands, and makes sure that all doula’s follow the same standards and are being trained every year to keep their knowledge up to date. More information can be found on : www.nbvd.nl
Working as a full time doula for several years has led to the launch in the beginning of 2015 of the partner workshop Birthing Basics, that is held in both English and Dutch. Other languages are available in private sessions. In this workshop you’ll be taught in a day what it means to give birth in the Netherlands, how you and your partner can cope with the intensity of the birth of your baby as well as gaining indept knowledge about pain medication in either home- or hospital setting. For more information, please follow the ‘workshop’ link.
I’ve already guided over 100 women during their pregnancy and labour and I feel blessed and fulfilled to be able to do so. I work closely together with many midwifery practices, but also when you only go to hospital check-ups, I’d be happy to hear from you! I’m experienced with VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarean), medical indications and induced labour, breech birth, twin birth, premature birth, planned and emergency (gentle) caesareans, traumatic histories (for example sexual abuse victims), water birth and births with ór without synthetic pain medication. Even if your condition or story is not mentioned here, I’m more than happy to learn more about your specific case and help you find your optimal birth situation.
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My doula training has been in English, in which I am fluent, but my mother tongue is Dutch. Besides Dutch and English, I also speak Italian, German, and French. When giving birth it’ll be very likely that the birthing team will either speak Dutch or English to each other, so it will be best to talk to me in English as well. That said, when speaking solely to me, it’s fine for me to talk to you or your partner in any other language or I’ll even translate during birth if that helps you.
Amsterdam and surroundings
Amsterdam (de Pijp) is where I live. I’ll take on clients in a radius of 30 kilometres around Amsterdam. In my car or on my bike I need to be able to reach you within maximum one hour. At night I prefer to travel by car.
Joyce Sikking is the regular back up doula of Mother Me, since October 2016. You will meet her at least once during a post partum prep meeting, or more if she takes over more prenatal sessions from me. As a former student midwife and as a mother she has a lot of experience with pregnancies and giving birth. She learned and experienced the importance that a woman can only feel really safe, is when she’s being heard and knows what to expect. She has two sons and a daughter: Tormo, Sirik and Ariena and is married with Taco. She studied Chemistry and worked for almost 20 years on environmental quality topics. In her forties she made a big career switch and started with her midwifery study after which she decided to become a doula in 2016. She is currently busy with the professionalisation of the NBvD by presiding the accreditation committee.
More info about her is to be found at back up doula Joyce Sikking www.doulajoyce.nl
Doula Denise will sometimes fill in for Joyce when necessary. She’s been a doula for many births and I’ve already had the pleasure to work alongside her for a few years. You can meet her on request. More info to be found on www.douladenise.nl