Professional * Supportive * Caring * Unbiased
Sophie is a passionate doula and has supported well over 150 international families giving birth in the Netherlands. Being British herself and having given birth to her three children in both The Netherlands and America she knows the challenges international families face when giving birth in a different country.
Sophie loves the diversity of supporting cross cultural couples and it is her desire to make sure they have a supported and memorable birthing experience and the best start for their family. Sophie has a calm and supportive presence. She also has a passion for documenting birth and you can see her wonderful birth photography on her site.
Farola is an experienced doula and doula trainer and supports her clients with a passion. She is a Dutch mother of three and has worked closely with the international community throughout her life. She has a gentle manor and brings a unique mix of training and experience to her doula work.
Farola loves to prepare couples for birth so that they feel an enhanced sense of self esteem after welcoming their child together and be a better team as they face the challenges of early parenthood. Farola is a qualified pregnancy-yoga instructor and weaves those practices into her teaching, birth support and postpartum doula work.
Our Doula's support birth in every setting
“Just imagine your partner and you having all the support you need through your whole birthing experience. From the moment you decide you want it to when you are settled and enjoying having your new baby in your arms."
The Doula phenomenon is growing organically across the world, as more and more couples experience birth with doula support as a wonderful way to start new life as a family. There is now a strong body of research that backs up the word-of-mouth about Doula's – click here for details of this research.
A Doula is a non-medical birth professional, who provides physical, emotional and informational support at home and/or in the hospital, before, during and after birth, for a memorable and positive birthing experience.
What does a doula do?
A Doula will help you, over two or more sessions, to think through your options and preferences and help you prepare for your birth in the weeks beforehand. She will then go on call from 37 weeks on and come to you whenever you go into labour. She will stay with you for as long as you need her, throughout the birth and afterwards to support you until you are settled with your newborn. She will then also visit you postnatally at home to process the birth with you.
Postpartum Doula support
Our Doula's Sophie and Farola also give postpartum doula support for parents wanting more practical support and baby care and coaching in the weeks after the kraamzorg leaves.
A postpartum doula provides evidenced based information and non-judgemental support on things such as infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth, mother–baby bonding, infant soothing, and basic newborn care. A postpartum doula is there to help a new family in those first days and weeks after bringing home a new baby.
What clients say
“After following the 'Confident Birth Course' I felt inspired to have a natural birth. My partner and I felt that having a doula by our side during labour would make it easier and enrich the process.
We are so happy that we made that choice! Sophie was very encouraging and supportive during the labour and always seemed to know exactly the right moment to say and do the right thing. Her support helped to make our birthing experience a great and positive memory and her amazing birth photography was a real gift"
Billa and Rick Harshe
“Thanks for being with us through this amazing process. We appreciated your unbiased and emotional support with the decisions we needed to make, and especially how you helped us navigate through a birth that we knew couldn't be 'natural.'
It was great to find a Doula who was there for us when that meant we would be having the full hospital experience. Thank you for not judging us and respecting our wishes for the birth"
Kate and David