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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 2024 :


January 10, 17, 24, 31 – February 07, 2024

February 14, 21, 28 – March 6, 13, 2024 

March 27- April 3, 10 , 17, 24, 2024    

June 19, 26 - July 3, 10, 17, 2024

July 24, 31- August 7, 14, 21, 2024 

September 4, 11, 18, 25 -October 2, 2024 

October 9, 16, 23, 30 - November 6, 2024

November 20, 27 - December 4, 11, 18, 2024


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.


Additional in-depth preparation classes:

 I highly recommend Spinning Babies® and the Body Ready Method® in my birth preparation classes. However, to truly understand one of these or both approaches, a separate course is necessary. We will be diving deeper into preparing the body for birth and discussing  smarter birthing positions. Stay tune...a preparation course from the Body Ready Method® team is coming soon. For individualized analysis and preparation of the body, this course will be for you. Each body is unique and will need different ways to prepare for bith.


*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. 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/