Mitera (μητέρα), pronounced mi-TE-ra, is Greek for mother, and Co. is for company or companion. A mother and her companion (doula) at birth, who are inseparable during the labor and delivery. As a doula/birthing coach, I will provide emotional and physical support for both you and your partner, and provide information about home births and hospital births, so you can make an informed choice about your own birth. In order to make the birthing experience more comfortable, I can provide reassurance and encouragement to the parents-to-be, make suggestions to help progress the labor, and help with relaxation, massage, positioning, acupressure and water therapy.
The doula service begins with a free introductory meeting. This meeting allows you to get to know me. The focus is placed on discussing what your expectations and needs are, and what my doula services entail.
When you decide to hire me, the basic doula service includes: 1-2 prenatal visit(s) to prepare you for the birth; unlimited email and phone contacts to answer any questions you might have; on-call status as of 37 weeks of pregnancy; continued support during the labor and delivery to ensure that you feel comfortable and safe; and 2 postnatal visits to help process the delivery and answer more questions. Any additional visits can be added to the main service for a set price.
My care and support are based on both my nursing (Obstetric and Gynecology) and doula knowledge, and years of caring for people in need, either as a nurse or a volunteer. I value getting to know my clients and not rushing my services. My specialty is in helping expectant parents new to the Netherlands, who will be first-time parents or parents who have had a previous traumatic delivery.
I recently joined Kraamzorg Het Zonnetje (KHZ) as a maternity nurse, see https://kraamzorghetzonnetje.nl/collaboration/. Clients interested in my doula service can also request me as a maternity nurse at KHZ. Note, that any non-clinical births will be partially covered by your insurance, and the eight days of postpartum care will be partially or fully covered, depending on the type of coverage. See Prices for more information. Clients interested in having me as their maternity nurse must put my name down under 'special requests' on the registration form to reserve my kraamzorg service.
We were very lucky to get Meida to help us out. Right from the minute she arrived, she took the time to understand our needs and then guided us through the whole process of becoming parents. She is very knowledgeable , and her medical background clearly shows. She took care of me, the baby, my partner, and the house really well and we are very greatful for her help. As new parents we feel confident after 1 week of having her around. We are also a dutch/English household and with her being bilingual it made things so much easier. Thank you Meida for all your help.
-Google review from R. Haddad, 2018
Meida was absolutely amazing! Within a week she provided a routine and helped us becoming confident parents!
-Google review from R. van Eeden, 2018
Having a baby is always an exciting journey of your life but also huge responsibility and many new challenges.
When I came back from hospital, I had no idea where to start and how to handle a newborn baby. I was lucky that I had an amazing and smooth transition thanks to Meida. She taught me all the small details how to handle my little one, had excellent answers to all my questions and worries. She took amazing care of our baby and the house when I slept.
Her help was one of the best I could ever expect and if I could recommend someone to get a great help that would be definitely Meida.
Thank you, Meida!
-Markus' mother, 2018
Mijn eerste bevalling duurde erg lang. De weeën kwamen maar niet op gang en dat kwam mede omdat ik geen rust in mijn hoofd kon vinden. Daarom wilde ik het bij de tweede graag anders aanpakken. Zo kwam ik op het idee van een Doula. Met Meida had ik meteen een klik. Ze is rustig en deskundig en ik voelde me meteen op mijn gemak bij haar. Tijdens de bevalling heeft ze me er helemaal doorheen geleid. Ik heb het daardoor veel bewuster en relaxter meegemaakt. De volgende dag stond ze als kraamhulp weer voor ons klaar. Een vertrouwd gezicht, hoe fijn was dat. Ik kijk terug op een hele fijne bevalling en kraamperiode door Meida. Dankjewel!
-Marjolein, moeder van Nina, 2018
Het was ontzettend fijn om Meida in deze belangrijke en kwetsbare dagen bij ons te hebben.
-Papa van Freya, 2017
Meida has been a tremendous help
to my husband and I and our darling little girl, not just the minute we left the hospital but also the lead-up. From the moment we engaged her services she has been a guiding light on the preparation of the birth, home necessities, the first scary moments turning the keys to our house with our newborn and all the other stuff that no one tells you about or prepares you for (feeding, sleep patterns for you and the baby and visitors). Thanks to her we have a contented 5 week old baby and, more importantly, a contented household. Thank you so much Meida!!! We won't forget you.
- Freya's mother, 2017
Wij hebben een geweldige week gehad met onze kraamverzorgster Meida, het voelde als of ze een deel in het gezin was. Ze heeft ons zo veel geholpen in zoveel verschillende manieren! Echt top werk verricht.
-De ouders van Samuel, 2017
We can't thank you enough for what you have done for us. It was pure blessing having you with us. Things would have been so hard without your presence, confidence and simply your loving care. The fact that we progressed from 2.5cm to 8cm in such a short time, we attribute to your magic. How fast was it? I think it was less than two hours or even less. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
-Dmitry, Tomoe and Reno, 2017
Meida was our doula for the birth of our first daughter. She contacted us while she was a student and at that moment I did not really know what a doula was, so I was not that convinced. She explained to us what she does and I also looked it up on the Internet. I have no regret as it helped us a lot before, during and after the delivery. Before Meida gave me practical information about the delivery or about the things I needed to buy or what to put in my maternity luggage. After the delivery, she gave me tips about breastfeeding or how many hours my baby is supposed to sleep or other general information. But it is during the delivery that her help was the most precious. She was here, talking to me, giving tips to my partner to relieve my pain, entertaining me also when needed. When I needed it she was also holding my hand.
Of course, she was supporting me but also my partner who could focus exclusively on me and did not need to think of practical things.
After the birth, I really appreciate the fact to receive a report relating to the delivery.
I highly recommend Meida for her support and her kindness. The staff at the hospital told me I was lucky to have such a doula and I cannot agree more.
I want to mention that both my partner and I are expats, and we do not have our family close by. I would say that the help of a doula is in such a case even more important as we have someone we can rely on this very important event in our life.
-Clara's parents, 2017
My name is Meskela and I have a new baby. When I was pregnant and needed to deliver, Meida came to me to help me in the hospital. I am very pleased with her, because she was helping me more than what I expected from her. She has really a talent in her work and advised her to keep it up.
I met Meida through Mothers Informing Mothers, a program ran by the Consultatie Bureau. From the very first meeting I immediately felt she was a person I could trust.
Thanks to her experience as nurse and as mother, Meida is always giving me good practical ideas. As a first time mother and expat, I find her support very valuable. Most importantly, she is great at building confidence, just what a first time mother needs!
-Bernard's mother, 2016
Ik heb als hulpverlener voor een zwangere cliënt met een handicap via Stevig Ouderschap contact gekregen met Meida van Baal. Ik maakte me zorgen over deze mevrouw die de taal niet sprak, beperkt kan lezen en een handicap had. Zij heeft weinig tot geen sociaal netwerk en zou alleenstaande moeder worden. Als hulpverlener konden we niet bij de bevalling aanwezig zijn. Meida is een aantal keren langs geweest om kennis te maken met mevrouw. Zij had ook een schema gemaakt waarop andere hulpverleners en/of medebewoners konden zien wanneer het ziekenhuis gebeld zou moeten worden voor opname. Meida is er tijdens de hele bevalling bij geweest, dit was geruststellend voor mevrouw. Ondanks alle spanningen en onzekerheid van de bevalling van een eerste kindje en het zich niet goed kunnen uiten wist ze dat Meida naast haar stond. Samen lukte het ze om tot een communicatie te komen. Meida is een rustige persoonlijkheid die ook rust uitstraalt, maar kan aanpakken waar het nodig is. Ook na de bevalling is ze langs geweest om te kijken hoe het moeder en kind gaat. Ik zou het aanbevelen om een Doula zoals Meida in te schakelen op momenten dat iemand in een moeilijke of eenzame situatie verkeerd en de weg naar een bevalling tegemoet treedt.
-Ciska (pedagogisch hulpverlener, vrouwenopvang), 2016