I am British and have lived in The Netherlands for 25+ years, speak fluent dutch and since 2017 have my dutch nationality too! I married my Dutch guy, Rogier Bosand together we have three (grown) boys Joshua, Judah and Joel. We have lived all over the place, including 3 years in America where Joel was born, but for the last 15 years we have called Capelle aan den IJssel our home but feel like international Rotterdamers more than anything else. My background is in hospitality and catering and being a busy Mum in a crazy home of wild and growing sporty boys who were, and always will be, crazy about basketball!
When I am not supporting expecting and new parents you may find me baking or cooking, both of which I love. My favourite dessert is cheesecake although my good friends know I am very picky and a definite cheesecake snob. Best cheesecake I ever had was yes.. in Paris! True story 🙂 I am even crazier about roasted vegetables and will eat them like candy. You can wake me up for Tony Chocolony’s caramel & sea salt chocolate because salt… Oh I love salt.
I love many music genres but Big band is a favourite and I am a huge fan of musicals. Don’t judge me for that. I don’t like to watch movies twice or start them half way through even though I have been known for forgetting I have watched a bunch of films that came out when the boys were small because I couldn’t stay awake for the end 🙂
I love to travel with my husband and love to be out in rugged nature. I grew up in Cornwall in SW England and love the coast and moors of my youth.
And this is my favourite man while we were in Canada in 2018. A view I often see of him on vacation, behind the camera 🙂
The Cornish coast, my happy place
In 2010 I left catering behind me to follow my passion for women and birth. I trained as a doula and have been working ever since supporting families during this amazingly unique time in their lives.
I love supporting women and seeing them find a strength they never knew they had during the labour process, and seeing them become mothers. I love supporting the partners and helping them discover how they can best support the process so together they can have the best birthing experience possible and the best start for their family. I love that moment they look at each other and their eyes triumphantly say “We did it!”
The process of labour and birth looks different for everyone and that makes my work interesting and very rewarding.
I am co-founder of Birth in Holland serving the english speaking community with a passion, teaching The Confident Birth Course and other courses together with my midwife colleagues, Elinor and Martha and my doula partner, Farola.
My doula work is beautifully complimented by my passion to document the birth. I fell in love with birth photography when it became popular and available on social media in 2009. My passion grew from that love and a desire to give the story back to the mother so she would have a positive memory of her experience. I love to capture the beauty and rawness of the labour process and those first moments of a baby’s life. Such a precious memory to have.
My goal is that every woman I support or teach can find the best birth for her and her baby and look back at her birthing experience with a satisfied feeling of accomplishment and empowerment. Labour is preparation for parenthood and a good birthing experience gives a better start for baby and parents.
My business motto is a quote from Jane Wiedeman
“Giving birth should be your greatest achievement not your biggest fear”
About Doula Sophie
Sophie works in Rotterdam, Delft and The Hague and surrounding areas and is a certified Doula and Child Birth educator. Her passion is to help parents-to-be prepare for and experience the birth of their child in the best possible way.