You were extremely supportive and were key in maintaining a positive environment when the birth did not go as planned. You turned an unexpected c-section into a positive memory. Thank-you
Dear Sophie, I still have no words to describe how grateful I am for everything, for the midwife recommending you, for you being here and keeping us calm and for my gorgeous baby 😉
After following ‘The Confident Birth Course’ with Sophie I felt inspired to have a natural birth. As the due date was approaching, both my partner and I felt that having a doula by our side during labour would make it easier and enrich the process. We are so happy that we made that choice! Sophie was very encouraging and supportive during the labour and always seemed to know exactly the right moment to say and do the right thing. Her support helped to make our birthing experience a great and positive memory and her amazing birth photography was a real gift”
Having a baby in a foreign country is stressful but with Sophie by our side we felt empowered. Her calming presence and thoughtfulness provided support in the most intense moments of our lives. When everything seemed to be taking a turn unexpectedly, Sophie was there, thinking of how we could make the best out of the situation and make the birth as close as possible to our original birth plan. Not only did she provide amazing Doula support, but Sophie also took the most beautiful photographs of labor and our first moments with our son. She visited again the following day and took more photos. Thanks to her, we now have a stunning album with our birth story, a gift that we will treasure forever. Sophie’s support gave was priceless, and we look forward to having her present at all of our future births!
Thanks Sophie for supporting us through this amazing process. We appreciated having your support and help in the decisions that we made, and especially appreciated your willingness to help us navigate through a birth that we knew couldn’t be “natural”. It was great to find a Doula who was there for us through the full hospital experience. Thank you for not judging us and respecting our wishes for the birth.
Rachel: The birth preparation we did before hand really helped us to work through our anxieties concerning the birth and helped me feel confident to trust my body. We are so happy we decided to have you as our doula to coach us through this birthing process. We simply couldn’t have done it without you! Oxytocin is now my new favourite word! Simon: 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!“”
If it was not for Sophie, my plan of having a home birth wouldn’t have succeeded and I would have ended up at a Hospital (underpinning the Dutch statistics, according to which 50% of home births end at hospitals for pain relief). As an expat Family newly arrived in The Netherlands we were full of questions and the only certainty was that we wanted to have our baby at home. Sophie answered those questions, supported our choices, helped us to get a birth pool, took us through her birth preparation, and accompanied me to one prenatal consultation. We had tea and lunch, we laughed and learned together. When the big day arrived, she coached me through to the end. When I thought I couldn’t do it anymore and thought painkillers were a good idea, together with my husband, she helped me to stick to my birth plan. If that was not enough, we were delighted with the most beautiful birth photos and birth book one could expect! In a few years, my daughter will be able to read her own birth story and grasp the beauty and uniqueness of that night.
Sophie was a phenomenal doula all around. She helped me prepare and spend devoted time with both me and my partner helping us think through all the possibilities. She helped us process issues which were close to our hearts and which would impact upon the birthing process. Sophie presented us with all the options but did not push for any particular choices — she gave us the information from which we could decide how we wanted to proceed. We prepared our birth plan and she reviewed it with us, gave us tips and helped guide us through that process. Her familiarity with the Dutch system was particularly useful for us as expats. During the birthing process, from the beginning of my labour she was by my side, giving me just the support and confidence both my partner and I needed. She was there as a strong supporter and I found her presence to be a great comfort throughout the birth of my son. I warmly and strongly recommend her as a doula
I am originally from Venezuela. In my country giving birth vaginally is considered old fashioned and for people that do not have enough money to go to a private clinic to plan a c-section. It is considered the best care a pregnant woman can have in Venezuela when she has a planned c-section. Considering my background and all the influence from my Venezuelan family it was very difficult for me to understand and to accept the Dutch mentality around birth. In my preparation with Sophie she helped me a lot to understand the natural process of giving birth. At the beginning, I was completely against a natural delivery. I at least wanted to have an epidural in case of having a vaginal birth. As time went by I understood that there was a possibility there would be no time for an epidural if dilatation progressed quickly, especially because it was my second baby. I began to see that it was maybe better for the process and my baby to have a natural birth. When I was 39 weeks and 4 days pregnant Sophie came to my home to give me a relaxing massage. It was great and put me to sleep. About two or three hours after that magic massage the contractions started. When the dilatation started I was at home managing the contractions very well. When the pain was more intense and the frequency higher I went to the hospital. Sophie met us there. I arrived with 5 cm of dilatation and just 30 min later already 7 cm, so as I had expected there was no time for an epidural. I understood within those few minutes that I was in for a completely natural delivery. I tried to accept it quickly and decided to do my best to go with the process and put into practice everything that I had prepared with Sophie. I need to say that it was very difficult for me. It was very painful and intense. I had many hesitation moments and I was not sure I was going to be able to do it… but I listened to Sophie saying you are doing a great job, and I felt the hands of my husband giving me his support and I renewed my energy between one contraction and another one, waiting for the right moment to birth my baby. When the pushing feeling arrived I was afraid… that was my biggest moment of hesitation and fear, it was saying to me that I wouldn’t be able to do it. But again the support of Sophie and my husband helped me to continue, there was no other choice and a few minutes later my beautiful daughter was on my breast, pink, with her eyes open. All my fears suddenly became a wonderful experience. I was really proud of myself and felt huge satisfaction. I was exhausted but incredibly happy… as if I was finishing a marathon in first place and beating the world record And there she is, looking at me now after almost two months, and I imagine her saying: “Thank you Mama for letting me decide the moment to come into this world and for giving me the opportunity to have a natural birth” She is a very peaceful baby, sleeping almost all the night, reflecting happiness and peace to our family. I want to say thank you Sophie for never judging me and for leading me on this journey to this successful birth!
This is the first birth that brings a smile to my face” (Markian is Olga’s third baby) I can’t even begin to express my gratitude for your support. You have made a huge difference. During pregnancy, I was not sure whether I was on the same page with my midwives, which in the end motivated me to search for a doula, and in you, I couldn’t have found a better person to help me through pregnancy and birth.You were always there for me when I had questions or concerns. You toured the birth center with me and went to one of the midwives appointment. You showed me I had more options that I considered possible- and motivated me to get pain relief if that was right for me- which made the whole experience more manageable. You never judged me for my choices, were very compassionate and had a great sense of humour! I loved how you interacted with my two girls and the oldest one still talks about you. You gave me two great massages, the second of which sent me into labor a day later. Even though there was a change of plans (I had to go to the hospital instead of the beautiful birth center), I was calm because you were there.My husband also benefited greatly from your presence during birth. I could see it in his face during labor- it was calm and composed, instead of pale an anxious like the last time. I think it was because he knew I was in good hands and also because he wasn’t the only person responsible for my birth experience.During labor you made my wishes clear to the hospital staff. The fact that you speak both English and Dutch, and also know the Dutch healthcare system and the wishes of expat women was a big help, too.And how can I forget the stunning pictures you took of us and our baby boy minutes after he was born? And the beautifully written birth story? I have just read through it and this was the first birth that actually brought a smile to my face. You made me feel safe, understood and above all, you made me feel special. Thank you