I am passionate about empowering women and inspiring family centred care. I have been working in the birth field since 2006. In 2015 I became one of six international Spinning Babies Approved Trainers. I am the co-founder of JJ Doula training, an NBvD approved birth doula training. I offer trainings and lectures throughout Europe (and abroad) as a doula, Spinning Babies trainer and birth keeper who is passionate about the possibilities. I was a speaker at the Human Rights in Childbirth Conference in the Hague in 2012. Most recently I have been invited to present in hospitals in the Netherlands on the topic: Birth Positions- a method to prevent Birth Trauma.
I am a certified doula CD(CBI) and have also trained with DONA international as a Birth Doula. I am a member of the Dutch National Doula Association (NBvD). I have a HBO degree in Foundations of Western Medicine (Medische Basiskennis). I am a life long learner and have attended workshops with international teachers including: Angelina Martinez Miranda, Barbara Harper, Dr. Carol Phillips, Debra Pascali-Bonaro, Elizabeth Davis, Gail Tully, Heather Bruce, Ina May Gaskin, Penny Simkin, Robbie Davis-Floyd, Robin Lim, Dr. Sarah Buckley and Verena Schmid.
I have attended hundreds of births supporting families in their homes, and in every hospital and birth centre in Amsterdam. I have experience with a broad range of birth experiences including: breech babies, waterbirth, premature babies, C-sections, VBAC’s, inductions, medicated and natural birth, single mothers, and supporting families who wish to have older children and other family members present at the birth.
I am bilingual English/Dutch and support international families as well as Dutch families.
I am a Canadian, who has lived in Amsterdam for 15 years. Prior to becoming a doula I was a theatre producer and the director of development for an international theatre association. I am the mother of two sons my eldest (16) born in hospital, and my youngest (14) born at home in water. My family life also includes a very supportive partner and his two children.