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Photography

Documenting memorable moments during pregnancy, birth & postpartum

Birth photography compliments my doula work beautifully. The thread that runs through my work as a Doula and a birth photographer is the passion I have to make sure my clients can look back at the birth of their baby with a content and positive feeling. Being able to look back at the photo’s and see all the different aspects that forms her birth experience allows the mother to relive the experience through the photographs and re-frame her perspective on what happened that day. Birth photography and doula support is the best combi ever, an investment you won’t regret.

Hiring a birth photographer is one thing but having a professional doula that documents the birth for you is a combi that seamlessly compliments each other. The camera is an extension of my arm and is always around so I can grab the shot as I see it and then continue with my doula support. My first priority is my doula support. Most women tell me they never noticed me taking pictures. Receiving the photo’s shortly after is an investment you won’t regret. Let me give you back the story of your birth in pictures, you or your partner, won’t have to miss a moment.

Respecting the space

I try to keep my photography very tasteful, concentrating on the events and emotions of the moment. Giving birth is an intimate experience. I respect the birthing environment and  document all of the moments and interactions that make up the incredible experience of giving birth. Please know that even though I love to share my work you will have total control over the pictures that are taken and I will honour any wishes we discuss before hand.

Look at my portfolio HERE

“I was so happy as I looked over the beautiful collection of images you made of the birth of our son. All the moments so beautifully, and carefully brought together in one amazing album. Thank you!” David L

 

Postpartum Support

Helping you rest, recover and feel confident in your new role.

 


The first weeks with your baby are a time of excitement but also extreme exhaustion!

The postpartum period is a unique time in a parents life. The birth you have been building towards and waiting for is behind you and the new chapter begins. For many new parents it is a roller coaster of excitement paired with extreme exhaustion. It is a time you learn many new skills doing something you may know little about. Being a parent! Many women, and fathers alike, experience a real sense of overwhelm during the first weeks with their new baby.

This little human being that has entered your life suddenly becomes the centre of your world and changes everything. The start of a parenting journey is usually nothing like as romantic as we are led to believe on instagram and not many people are prepared for it. Instead it can feel like a crash course in mountain climbing and sometimes the journey up that mountain just seems like too much of a steep learning curve and even more so with the lack of sleep that comes with having a newborn.


What is postpartum doula? Isn’t she just a glorified babysitter?

You COULD say that BUT the difference is that it has little to do with parents getting time to do something for fun and all to do with their well being.If I were just a glorified baby sitter then I am an expensive one, you are paying for my knowledge and expertise, the comfort of having emotional support and someone focused on your rest and recovery.

Imagine having someone around who makes it her business to make sure you rest, who cares for your baby while you have a shower and wash your hair, who makes sure you drink enough, who fills the fridge with healthy snacks and soup for your nourishment, who helps you with tips when you are stuck with a baby issue and puts a load in the washing machine. Just imagine how that would feel.

Why wouldn’t you invest in your recovery?

It is all about YOUR wellbeing:

I will support you in:

  • Gaining confidence as a new parent
  • Learning tools & methods for baby care
  • Recovering physical energy
  • Processing the emotional transition

You can expect support for your individual needs:

Support may include:

  • Baby care: Tips and tricks for happier parents & baby.
  • Help with creating a plan to meet yours and the baby’s feeding and sleep needs.
  • Light home chores. Laundry yes!
  • Preparing snacks & light meals.
  • I love to make you a cup of tea and talk about how you’re feeling.
  • Taking care of the baby while you get some well-deserved sleep.
  • Limited care of other children


But what about the kraamzorg?

In The Netherlands we have the awesome service of the kraamzorg in the first 8 days postpartum. Often you don’t get to choose your individual kraamzorg. When kraamzorg is a good experience its amazing but sometimes there is little personal connection and the experience is not as beneficial as it could have been. YOU CHOOSE YOUR POSTPARTUM DOULA so you know you have a personal connection with her and will get the support you need.


When can I start?

Postpartum doula care can start whenever you feel the need for that extra support during your fourth trimester. Many women struggle in the week after the kraamzorg has left and like to start during the second week. Postpartum support can be booked anytime during the first 6 weeks postpartum.

Sometimes there is a reason why a family requires support some weeks later. Under special circumstances due to health issues, physical restrictions or emotional needs of the mother, I can give postpartum support up to 12 weeks post birth.

Cost:

Price is €40 per hour with a minimum of 4 consecutive hours per day and minimum of 16 hours support total. How you spread the hours over a day is negotiable. Parking & travel costs are not included and will be charged as extra.

Doula Support

Support for a positive birthing experience, at home and in hospital.

 

 

A Doula

Would you like extra support for the birth of your baby? Would you like to look back at your birthing experience as a positive one?

The moment your baby enters the world should be the warmest welcome possible into your family. A good experience for you, your partner and your new baby. I would love to support you and  help you prepare for a safe, memorable and empowering birthing experience.

Home away from home

Giving birth in another country than your own can create uneasiness and confusion. Understanding why the norm2015-11-24 Jan-15s are so different and knowing what to expect can make a huge difference to your birthing experience abroad. My desire is to help parents from all cultures, who call The Netherlands their home away from home, to have a memorable birthing experience.

A birth team

The role of the Doula is never to take the place of the husband or partner in labour but to compliment and enhance their experience. With a Doula as part of the birth team, a father can do whatever he feels comfortable with at each moment. Having a Doula releases the father to be fully present for his wife and to enjoy one of the most amazing moments of his life. A partner often feels more relaxed if he doesn’t feel the total responsibility resting on his shoulders.

What is the process?

Introductory Meeting

In order to feel comfortable about having me as your birth doula support, it is very important that it clicks between us and that your partner is comfortable with me being at the birth too. During the first meeting we will get to know each other a bit. You can express what your expectations are and ask any questions you may have.

Following appointments

If you decide to have me as your doula we will meet two or three more times to talk more specifically about your desires for the birth. During this time we will talk about the choices and options for birth and learn more about the birthing process. There is room to process any fears and insecurities you may have and plenty of space to learn different methods to help you relax during labour. I also help you create a birth plan with your wishes for the birth. Hopefully you will gain confidence and feel more prepared as the birth approaches.

Estimated due date

As the due date gets closer our contact will intensify. I will be available by phone, text and email during this time to answer questions or discuss any developments that may arise in pregnancy. I will officially be on call for you from week 37. If you go into labour earlier I will, to the best of my ability, be available. I work with a back-up doula, though rarely necessary.

The Birth

When you go into labour, whether it’s during the day or in the middle of the night, I will come to wherever you are, at home or at the hospital. I will strive to be present within an hour. No matter how long you labour I will stay with you till the baby is born and you are well settled. During delivery, I will be a constant support and in close proximity to the mother at all times. My job is defined by your needs. I will encourage relaxation and a positive birthing environment, massage and breathing techniques and whatever it takes to decrease the discomforts of labour. The midwif2015-10-19 Thomas-56e or gynecologist will intermittently monitor your progress. They are the ones who are responsible for the birth of your baby and will do the delivery. We all work together to ensure a good and safe birthing experience.

Processing and new beginnings

In the week following the birth I will visit you to make sure you are doing well, to admire your little one and to talk through the birth experience. Before the baby is a month old I will visit again or offer a video chat depending on the package you have bought.

If you are interested in my Doula services I would love to meet to talk about how I can support you during the birth of your baby. Fill in the contact form here.

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