While studying Anthropology and Archeology at the University of Amsterdam I realised I wanted to be more directly involved with people and ‘real life’ and changed to the Midwifery Academy. I never regretted that decision and graduated in 1995. I then worked as a midwife in Amsterdam for more than 20 years. In my last years I shifted my focus to supporting people on a deeper level and a more individual basis.
Pregnancy, delivery and early parenthood are very special life events. It was an absolute honour to be so closely involved in this special time in peoples lives. I was thrilled every time to see women and men growing into their new roles. Alongside this I also saw a lot of fear and insecurity. To a certain extent this is entirely normal and a healthy part of the process. But I saw people struggling beyond what was normal and healthy. What could be a time of wonder and joy then becomes a time of stress and doubt. Because I wanted to be able to do more for people in these circumstances I followed a coachingcourse in 2010. After that I also followed a broader therapytraining and in 2015 was trained by Diana Koster as a ‘deliveryrecoveryspecialist’. That last training means that I am able to use EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) in processing a traumatic delivery.
Since 2017 I no longer practice as a midwife and focus solely on coaching.
I had met Truus Gale years ago and knew about her courses. When she asked me to consider joining her team I was immediately enthused. What her courses aim to do for people from around the globe who are living in the Netherlands fits right into my line of interest and experience!
I live in the centre of Amsterdam with my (South African) husband. Our children are mostly grown up and starting out on their independent life journeys.