We value personal attention and time for you and your partner. Therefore, we work with two teams, so you get to know your midwife thoroughly and we have room to provide care in the way you prefer during your journey.
'…it is a journey towards parenthood…'
“I always try to match the way I offer the maternity care to the needs of the whole family. There is so much more involved than just the pregnancy and childbirth: it is a journey towards parenthood. I think it is important to make people aware of the choices they make along the way.
Responding to the needs of a family can also involve everyday or rather unusual practicalities. For example, I was on duty during the King’s Day celebrations and a woman was giving birth in the city centre. Her street was jam-packed with people and the taxi did not want to come. It was a challenge to escort the woman to the hospital with her little son – who could not speak any Dutch and travelled with us in the ambulance. I spent some time with him blowing up balloons and reading books. These things are all part of being a midwife.”
'…You really build up a bond with a family, which I consider to be one of the extraordinary aspects of our profession. …'
“I enjoy sharing information, not only about giving birth but also about the time afterwards. The maternity period is not a bed of roses for everyone. I think it is important to also be open to discuss the expectations of that period.
As a midwife, you get a peek into a person’s life during the entire pregnancy and maternity period. You really build up a bond with a family, which I consider to be one of the extraordinary aspects of our profession. Being well-prepared for the maternity period and the right guidance when the time comes can really empower a family. This can make such a difference!”
'My purpose as a midwife is to partner with pregnant women to aim for a positive childbirth experience …'
“My purpose as a midwife is to partner with pregnant women to aim for a positive childbirth experience, so you can reflect on it in a positive way afterwards. During the antenatal check-ups, you build up a relationship of trust, which I believe is essential.
It is important that you, as a woman, have confidence in the whole process and that you dare to do what nature tells you to do. It helps if you know what to expect and following a pregnancy class can help you with this. Our centre offers a wide range of classes.
At the end of the course, there are always some expectant mothers who say: “I am actually looking forward to it!” I think that this is wonderful, especially it is said by those women who were first a bit apprehensive about the birth”.