Whether you are new to the Netherlands, new to motherhood, or both, a childbirth class is an excellent way to learn more about the birthing process and meet other parents at the same stage of pregnancy as you. Read on for our recommended prenatal classes in Amsterdam.
Karen is a qualified antenatal teacher trained by the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) in the UK, and has 17 years’ experience teaching antenatal classes. The childbirth preparation course lets you explore a wide range of issues surrounding pregnancy, labour, and early parenting in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. They also offer Mum and Baby massage, Dad and Baby massage and Pregnancy Yoga classes. Bumpandbeyond offers classes in Amsterdam Zuid as well.
Chitra Natarajan is a childbirth educator and a certified HypnoBirthing, HypnoMothering & HypnoFertility Practitioner. She works with expectant parents to help them have a natural and healthy childbirth experience. You can read more about Chitra on our Behind the Business series.
Julia is a Hungarian psychologist, doula, and pregnancy yoga teacher, living and working in Amsterdam since 2011. She teaches private classes and a group course every second month. She also has a practice to educate, empower, and encourage women and couples to prepare for childbirth and make informed decisions.
Based in Ijburg, Julia is a certified doula, living and working in the Netherlands since 2015. She has several years of experience in supporting women and families in preparation for birth and parenthood. She currently offers individual birth preparation consultations, and from 2017 she will also do group classes.
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Lillith Turk has trained thousands of pregnant women and their partners in her 35 years of experience as a leading practitioner of safe natural childbirth preparation and baby massage. She also provides childbirth educators with practical training in these methods. She is a fully qualified nurse and has studied yoga and the art of bone-setting in India.
Corinne is a licensed Acupuncturist, Holistic Childbirth Facilitator, HypnoBirthing Practitioner, and a Certified Sacred Pregnancy Instructor. In addition to her nursing qualification, Corinne has a background in psychology, neuroscience, prenatal and postnatal yoga, baby massage, and Tuina massage. She offers private and group sessions.
Guillette Bink is a qualified yoga teacher and certified doula who has experience in supporting expats giving birth in the Netherlands. The course is full of information for you and your partner about your pregnancy and the delivery. The group course is held monthly, and you can also book a one-on-one session.
This prenatal course in English is given by Jessica van Eenige, a Mensendieck therapist with more than 20 years of experience in assisting pregnant women. The course is very practical and focuses on preparing for childbirth: what you can expect and what you can do; how to cope with labour contractions and how to push. Attention is also given to the changes in the pelvis and the muscles which are involved during pregnancy and giving birth. During the course, you will get lots of information and do exercises to help you prepare.
Jennifer is a birth doula, Spinning Babies trainer, and Birth Keeper. She offers prenatal appointments both for her doula clients and for women who are looking for one-on-one support during their pregnancy.
Mirjam has almost 25 years of experience in pregnancy and baby courses. She does personal coaching, which is an individual childbirth preparation. It offers you a complete preparation to labour, in accordance with your personal situation and given at your own house. Each meeting consists of an informative and a practical part, both with a lot of tips, for you as well as for your partner. Though meant for both parents-to-be, but it is also possible to participate (partly) on your own.
Maartje has been a doula since 2013 and gives birth preparation workshops in English and Dutch, but can speak German, Italian, and French as well.
Inbal Sigler, the founder of Isis Hypnobirthing, offers pregnancy and childbirth preparation courses with the aim to provide the essential knowledge and practical skills to give birth with power and pleasure, as she feels you deserve! Inbal is also a birth doula, yoga teacher, and does one-on-one consultations. A long-standing partner of Amsterdam Mamas, you can read more about her work here.
Truus is an experienced English-speaking midwife and prenatal coach with over 25 years of experience. She also offers individual and group courses.
This list has been compiled from the recommendations of our members on the Amsterdam Mamas Facebook group.
Anna is a Hungarian who has been living and working in Amsterdam for more than four years with her partner and two children, and has no immediate plans to leave. When Anna is not working, she enjoys baking and crafting.