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ACCESS Childbirth Preparation Classes

ACCESS has been helping the international community for over 35 years. One of their services is providing childbirth preparation courses in several major cities in the Netherlands. The childbirth preparation classes in The Hague are currently held offline. I am only teaching the Wednesday evening classes, 5 weeks.


Schedule of NEW class dates for 2023:


January 11, 18, 25, – February 01, 08, 2023 

February 15, 22 – March 1, 8, 15, 2023 

April 5, 12, 19, 26 - May 3, 2023   

May 17, 24, 31 - June 7, 14, 2023 

June 21, 28 - July 5, 12, 19, 2023 

August 9, 16, 23, 30 - September 6, 2023 

September 13, 20 ,27 - October 4, 11, 2023

October 18, 25 - November 1, 8, 15, 2023

November 22, 29 - December 6, 13, 20, 2023


Trainer for these classes: Meida van Baal


The purpose of these classes is to help expectant couples familiarize themselves with birthing in the Netherlands. Having a baby at home is still an option in the Netherlands, but with the rise of births in hospitals, couples need to be informed what to expect and what is available when they decide to have their baby in a hospital. This comprehensive course makes learning about pregnancy, labor, birth and the postpartum interesting, interactive and informative. The course will give you the knowledge you need to approach labor with more confidence.  It is also a great way to meet people and to learn about resources available in the area. You can join my classes at anytime of your pregnancy.

To register online for The Hague: click here

Class 1:

  • Pregnant female anatomy

  • Stages of labor

  • Pre-labor signs and symptoms

  • Labor progression

  • When to go to the hospital

  • Prenatal tips and giving birth in the Netherlands

Class 2:

  • Finding balance and making room for the baby

  • Dilation stage or stage 1: early, active and transition

  • Partner support during dilation stage-how you can help

Class 3:

  • Hormones and their benefits

  • Pain, emotions

  • Comfort measures-water therapy, TENS, counter pressure, breathing etc.

  • Writing a birth plan

  • Pain medications

Class 4:

  • Pain medications continued

  • Medical interventions: induction, vacuum delivery, c-section, etc.

  • Partner support during a medical intervention

  • Home vs hospital delivery and healthcare workers

Class 5:

  • Stage 2- Birth of the baby/pushing stage

  • Stage 3- Birth of the placenta

  • Summarizing the key points of labor and delivery

  • Postpartum

  • Breastfeeding

  • Kraamzorg week, a brief overview


Coffee morning and birth stories


€325 per mother-to-be/couple. Including handouts, extra tips, important links, video links, help with the birth plan

For more information, please contact me.


*New* Spinning Babies® Birth Preparation Class 


Spinning Babies Birth Preparation Class with a provisionally certified Spinning Babies® Parent Educator

Spinning Babies® Birth Preparation Class highlights your baby’s active role in birth.  During labor the baby needs to pass through the three levels of the pelvis. Learn techniques to help your pelvis and it’s muscles that support or restrict your pelvic levels. Together, you and your birth partner can use these techniques before and during labor to help “make room for baby!” Spinning Babies reveals how the baby can find optimal positions for labor, and make birth less painful, and even pleasurable! This class is for expectant parents only. Bring your birth partner to learn how to help you in pregnancy for comfort in labor and birth

Learn about the following;

Spinning Babies Techniques

How baby rotates in the pelvis

Daily Essential Activities

The Three Balances℠ help birth muscles to relax and add comfort now to ease birth later

The three levels of the pelvis

Birth Positions that open the pelvis that let the baby come through more easily


€130 for a 3 hour class (1-2 couples, private lessons)

For more information:  https://www.spinningbabies.com/about/what-is-spinning-babies/