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My first birth was tough. However, after my daughter had made her entrance, it was the sleep-deprived and soul-crushing first few weeks as a new mother that left me the most traumatized. I knew when I fell pregnant again with my second child that I wanted to do everything in my power to experience birth and the newborn stages differently. I had wanted to have my daughter at home but was required to transfer to hospital at a late stage. I was actually thankful of the change of professionals with the hospital transfer and the staff at OLVG West were brilliant. But I remember a blur of a lot of different faces both during labour and in the post-partum days after, people who cared for me professionally but without knowing me or my family. When looking back on that time, I really feel that change of care had a profound impact on me and my experiences as a new mother. As a result, it was very important to me that second time round I had continuity of care and a recognition from a care-provider that a mother’s well being needed support, love and nurture in pregnancy, labour and the during post-partum weeks. Working with Denise was the best decision I made to achieve this. It was wonderful to be able to gradually get to know someone over the course of my pregnancy and be secure in the knowledge that I would have someone with me at the time of birth to support me and my husband that we knew and knew us. Someone who knew our wishes, could guide us and ultimately in those early weeks – take care of us.

As with all these things, the birth of my little boy was quite unlike the birth of my daughter. My waters broke in the early evening on the couch, I went to bed as normal that night and slept! I woke up to contractions that I breathed through and was able to snooze in between. I listened to my hypnotbirthing tracks. I felt calm, rested, (kind of) prepared – all the things I didn’t with my first birth, despite my best intentions. At around 5am, my daughter woke up and I updated Denise on the night. With being up and about, my contractions started to become more intense and with less space in between. Denise suggested I take a shower and told me that she was on her way round. In the shower, my contractions started to bear down and I could feel my body prepare for pushing contractions. I was shocked (and thrilled!) and couldn’t believe I had gotten to this stage already. Things moved very quickly, luckily Denise arrived to be with me just before my little boy arrived. She adjusted my position on the floor of my bathroom – the shower still on – and guided me,supported me, holding my hand, rubbing my back, reminding me I could do this. My little boy’s head arrived before the midwife was up our stairs, and Denise gently helped me to find and hold his head as he was born. I know that for some people the thought of that sounds scary and daunting. But for me it was the most empowering experience of my life. I was in awe of my body, its intuition and ability and I felt safe and supported. I couldn’t have asked for more.

Denise helped me and our little baby boy move gently back to my bed and stayed with us for the rest of the morning, cleaning things up, cooking us food and being a gentle and supportive presence. Denise continued to support us through those early weeks. Having someone to come over and take care of me, make healthy and nutritious food, make tea, give me a massage, help with breastfeeding and my recovery after birth, was absolutely wonderful. It took the pressure off and allowed us to bond as a new family of four. But it was the consistency of having someone there – someone who had gotten to know me, had seen me birth my baby and get to know him in those early weeks, which proved to me so, so valuable. I look back on the birth of my baby boy and those first few weeks as some of the most happy and wondrous of my life. I feel so privileged to have been given the opportunity to experience that time like that. After my first birth, I used to think that women who described their birth or newborn days as glorious must have been completely delusional. But now I know, they must have just had a Denise in their life.

2021-03-05T13:16:15+01:00March 5th, 2021|Testimonial|


Juli is a very professional and supportive doula. She assisted our 4-day long hospital delivery and helped us with every decision we had to make during this long process. We felt very empowered by her support. I highly recommend her!

2021-03-05T13:17:14+01:00March 5th, 2021|Testimonial|

Galina & Hessam

One week ago I gave a delivery and Denise was supporting me with all of this process during the labor and some weeks before. My husband & I can not even imagine this process without Denise: we are really thankful for her emotional support, reasonable advises, being so prepared (!) and gentle! Even voice of Denise during this process so helpful and supportive! Denise, thank you very much!!! You are part of our memory in the most important moment in our life 🙏

We wish you all the best and highly recommend you for other parents!

2021-03-05T13:17:34+01:00March 5th, 2021|Testimonial|


I was extremely fearful about birth and it helped me so much to talk about it with Denise from day 1. It made such a difference to my mindset and to our whole experience! She brought us the perfect mix of knowledge, empathy and super calm and positive energy – and she was sooo resourceful and full of great tips all along, before, during and after delivery.

On the day itself she created the perfect ‘bubble’ for my husband and myself, we could focus just on living and enjoying the moment and nothing else.

Looking back at birth now -6 months further down the line- I’m immensely grateful that she helped us having such a smooth delivery, I am coping with all the sleepless nights now with our baby because I didn’t start already exhausted from birth. I simply can’t recommend her enough.

2021-03-05T14:25:48+01:00March 3rd, 2021|Testimonial|


Julia is a wonderful person! I had the pleasure of getting to know her during a prenatal Yoga class. I felt very taken care of and seen as an individual. Julia was able to keep the overview of everyone in the class, making sure we all got what we needed. She played a big role in the preparation for the birth of my son. I am very thankful to have gotten to know her.

2021-03-05T14:25:31+01:00March 2nd, 2021|Testimonial|

Darya & Gui

Last month we welcomed our beautiful daughter Beatriz. Julia has supported us as our doula on this transformational journey from the second trimester and played a fundamental role in fostering our confidence throughout the pregnancy. We aimed for the natural delivery and we’re absolutely convinced that it would’ve been mission impossible without Julia’s support. Her professionalism, compassion, warmth, positivity and consideration made our pregnancy and our hospital delivery flow in the most positive way with the desired outcomes. We cannot recommend enough Julia as a doula, and as your support and birthing partner! Thank you so much, Julia!
Best regards,
Darya, Gui & Beatriz
2021-03-05T14:25:39+01:00March 1st, 2021|Testimonial|


I have been very lucky having her as a doula. Julia not only understood my needs right away but also was very loving and helpful with my mom (who does not speak a word in English). I felt very comfortable from the moment I started her yoga prenatal classes. I am very grateful for all her advice, knowledge and love.

2021-03-05T13:04:06+01:00February 15th, 2021|Testimonial|

Justine & Marc

We were looking for a doula, and our amazing midwife Esma from Geboorte in praktijk told us to get in touch with Denise.
We met in the park for an introduction meeting and felt straight away at ease and at trust. It was like talking about pregnancy and more with a friendly family member.
We chose the full package, and never regretted our choice: the fun and instructive birth class, the spinning baby exercises, the banana bread after birth…
But most of all, her wonderful support during birth. She came to us straight after our call, until a few hours after birth. It was so calming to have her by our side, looking after both the mum and the partner. You can feel she has a lot of knowledge, and made our complicated birth much easier than it could have been.
We highly recommend Denise as a doula. Makes a massive difference during the pregnancy and birth process. She was instrumental in avoiding a caesarean.
Thank you Denise, we miss you!!

2021-03-05T13:17:55+01:00February 5th, 2021|Testimonial|


Dear Denise,

I am so glad that I found you! Your postpartum meals have been so delicious and nourishing. Thank you so much for cooking for us this month!

When Daniel brought the first package to the hospital I was SO happy, it was the first truly nourishing food I ate after giving birth.

I wish you all the succes with your business.


2021-01-18T13:13:50+01:00January 18th, 2021|Testimonial|

Dina and Finn

Dear Denise,

Thank you again for your wonderful guidance & continuous support & for making my birthing dream a reality.

I am forever grateful!

These Croatian treats are just a small tkoen of our gratitude.

Dina & Finn”

2021-01-18T13:14:08+01:00January 18th, 2021|Testimonial|
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