Birthing Basics

The birth of your baby is one of the most impressive moments of your life. But it can be a very exciting experience, if you do not know exactly what to expect. Being thoroughly prepared might just help you and your partner to create a memorable birthing experience. In this workshop we’ll explain all about the birth of your child in the Netherlands. We talk about the different stages in labour, your choice to deliver at home or in the hospital, with or without pain medication and what you can expect when complications arise. We’ll have you experience how to cope with labour pains through different relaxation- and breathing techniques and we’ll discuss all possibilities surrounding natural and synthetic pain medication. By learning Birthlight yoga techniques and different labour positions, you’ll understand how to deal with the intensity of labour. With practical ‘tips&tricks’ you and your partner will know WHAT to do and WHEN. Getting insight in the process of labour and learning different massage techniques will help your partner to support you during the birth of your baby. We’ll cover the writing of a birth preference plan and we talk about the post-partum period, so you are both well prepared to start your new life as a young family. With this workshop-in-1-day you’ll have covered all ‘Birthing Basics’ and you’ll be able to focus on what’s truly important : creating a positive birthing experience for the both of you.

Private workshop from 3 to 4 hours on any weekday in between 9-17 hrs in the comfort of your own home or at de Doula Academie in Monnickendam.
We will figure out if you need 3 or 4 hours, based on the answers on a questionnaire.
Costs are €100,-/hour incl BTW and if you need me to come to your home we add €0,29/km and P-costs.

This workshop is taught by birth professional Maartje Bruning (Mother Me).
It’s been developed in cooperation with midwifes, anesthesiologists, pre-natal yoga teachers, doula’s and hypnobirthing teachers.
Participation is recommended in between 28 and 38 weeks of your pregnancy.
Application by sending an email to : (with mentioning of your name / due date / midwifery practice / desired date of workshop)

– Latent stage (including breathing exercises)
– Active stage (including postures/massages)
– Transition
– Birth (including labour positions)
– After birth
– Relaxation & massage exercises
– Pain medication (natural and synthetic)
– Interventions
– Birth preferences plan
– Postnatal period


Dear Maartje,
Thank you for the 4 hour private CBE session on Friday in Monnickendam, we already shared the details of our wishes for our birth plan with our midwife based on your teachings.
You are such a talented instructor, engaging and personal – we really enjoyed meeting you (and the puppy!).
Have a great week!
Michelle & Dave

Pregnant? Feel free to contact me.