My name is Denise van Eeden (Doula Denise).
Since 2017 I support Truus Gale with her childbirth preparation classes.
I have worked as a birth doula since 2014 and have attended many births, both home and hospital births as well as water births and land births. As a birth doula, I am an extra member of your birth team and give 1-on-1 support during pregnancy to prepare your mind, body and partner for birth. During your birth, I will be there to continuously support you; no matter how long it takes, I won’t leave your side. You will feel taken care of and be able to give birth peacefully. Especially if you are new to this country, don’t understand Dutch or know little about the medical support system, having a doula at your side can make the difference when it comes to your birth experience!
I am calm, down to earth and gentle – but on the other hand very persistent if necessary. One of the most important things for me is that your wishes are heard and that you, together with your partner, feel empowered during birth. I will constantly try to nurture the calm and safe environment a woman needs to give birth in peace – and will keep an eye on your wishes for the birth in the meantime.
Since 2016 I am also a certified postnatal doula, so I support families after birth once the Kraamzorg nurse has left. This support, which I call ‘Mothering the Mother’, is focused on the mom and enables her to get much-needed rest and recover from the delivery as soon as possible; I cook her nutritious meals, take care of the household and give revitalizing massages. By doing this, she can focus her energy and attention on the baby and slowly get used to the new family member and being a mother.
As well as being a doula, I am also a forensic criminologist and lawyer. So I combine my doula work with a part-time job as Project Manager at the Expertise Center for Forensic Psychiatry (“Expertisecentrum Forensische Psychiatrie”) in Utrecht.
An interesting combination indeed!