'…Being a midwife starts with having the courage to rely on the woman and her strength…'
“What I love about our practice is that we all have the same vision in our work: we all try to help women to be the best that they can be. The most essential part of this is to empower them.
Being a midwife starts with having the courage to rely on the woman and her strength. Purely by being present in a loving and facilitating way. Your confidence will reflect on the woman. It is my job as a midwife to put myself in her situation as much as possible and to sense what she needs. I am touched by couples who really go through the whole process as a couple. That is such a wonderful start for the baby and for parenthood!”
'…When I ride home afterwards while the sun comes up, I feel very fulfilled.'
“I find it amazing to see that a woman slowly becomes a mother during her pregnancy. You see her blossom and see her confidence in herself flourish and grow.
Giving birth can make you feel that you can take on the whole world.
You also come across some unusual situations: I once had to attend the delivery at a Moroccan family; it was her fourth or fifth child. I took a look under her skirt and saw a leg…. Or that time when I arrived on the scene and the baby was already lying next to the mother. When the story about the birth poured out, it actually turned out to have been breech delivery.
The first encounter between the father, mother, and baby move me time and time again. When I ride home afterwards while the sun comes up, I feel very fulfilled.”
'…For me, being a midwife does not feel like work, it's a way of life…'
“Having a child is a huge life-changing event and I am allowed to be part of it. That is something very intimate! For me, being a midwife does not feel like work, it’s a way of life. The profession includes so many different elements: health, nutrition, as well as psychology. This diversity can be found at the Birth Centre. We offer all of these different elements under one roof.
The most beautiful thing I can think of is our faith in a woman’s strength and capabilities. Before I started my midwifery studies, I volunteered in a hospital in Tanzania. Four women were giving birth at the same time in the same room. When the first woman felt that she had to push, I supported her along with the other women. That is the power of women!”
'…I see a huge difference compared to 30 years ago when I started as a midwife…'
“Giving birth in a way that makes you feel most comfortable as a pregnant woman is what I find extremely important. That is why I am proud of our Birth Centre, where women are offered the opportunity to give birth in the way they wish. The Birth Centre has a soothing atmosphere as well as all kinds of facilities: comfortable birthing baths, gym balls, a fireplace, and laughing gas if necessary.
I see a huge difference compared to 30 years ago when I started as a midwife. Nowadays, there is more room to discuss the fears and insecurities that are a natural part of pregnancy and childbirth. I try to make women calm and confident. And, of course, the one woman benefits from an entirely different approach than the other. This individual approach and the quest to find the best approach makes me love my job most of all.
I once attended the delivery of an English lady who, as soon as she knew she was pregnant, was adamant that she was going to get an epidural. In the end, she delivered her baby all on her own strength because she had become much more self-confident; not just thanks to all the information we had given her but also because she had been able to express her fears. She was so happy and proud after her delivery. Fantastic! Giving birth can hugely boost your self-confidence for the rest of your life!”