Allow me to introduce myself

Allow me to introduce myself

Thank you for visiting my website! I am Marieke and was born and raised in Leiden, expect for the years I was training as a midwife.
I enjoy hiking through the woods and along the beach with my 'part-time' dog and I love to focus on my body during salsa or yoga classes.
I am an active person and like to do some DIY around the house and garden, but can also thoroughly enjoy lounging on the couch.

Ever since I was a child, I have been fascinated by babies and children. When I was sixteen, I had the opportunity to accompany a midwife during her work and that night, Bram was born. I watched in awe of the power of childbirth and got to experience the intense happiness of the parents up-close. From that moment on, I knew that I wanted to be as closely involved in births as possible.

"I was amazed to see the primal strength of the birth process and the intense happiness of the parents."

After finishing my pre-university education, I studied obstetrics in Rotterdam. Here, I encountered all sorts of different pregnancies and childbirths. The woman, baby, partner, situation, former experiences - they all have their own way of influencing the process of childbirth.

As a midwife, it became a challenge for me to do justice to the wishes of pregnant women and natural childbirth; I believe every woman deserves to give birth in a way that feels right to her.

Over time, pregnancies started to occur closer to home. My friends also became pregnant. I watched on during those moments of insecurity, was allowed to be there for them during times of sadness or was capable of supporting them in a practical manner.
What type of baby carrier would be best for them? Did they really need that playpen? What would their schedule look like with a baby? My friends were looking for confirmation and reassurance - someone to share their feelings with. Together we found the best way for them to navigate all the information that is encountered during pregnancy and being a new mum.

Nowadays, I no longer work as a 'mainstream' midwife. From all the experiences and knowledge that I acquired through various ways in prenatal as well as postnatal care, I started BellyBuddy. I believe in the natural power of women and that is what I try to tap into with BellyBuddy. Childbirth? You can do it! In mainstream prenatal care, it was not always possible for me to spend as much time with and attention on a woman as I can now. I love to share the knowledge that I acquired. With trust and commitment, I will help you have a beautiful experience of childbirth and take your first steps into motherhood. I hope I get to meet you soon.

Love, Marieke

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I look forward to meeting you and would love to tell you more about my services!
Would you like to book a free online introductory meeting via WhatsApp/Skype and/or register for a course or the BellyBuddy online package? Please fill out the contact form and I will contact you as soon as possible. You are, of course, free to call me at any time.
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