Prenatal class

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Both the 4-hour prenatal group classes as well as the private classes are highly informative and hands-on. A combination of those two options is very well possible and could give you an even better preparation for the birth of your baby.

Group class

The 4-hour groupclass I offer is called “Giving birth in the Netherlands”. It’s an enjoyable and hands on class to inform you and your partner about the highlights of having a baby in the Netherlands.

You will learn about the most important aspects of giving birth in general and what to expect from the health system in the Netherlands. Since groups are small (six couples at the max)  I can assure you all your questions will be answered!

Some topics you will learn about:

  • What happens to your body during dilation?
  • What is labour pain and how can you deal with it?
  • How can a partner provide support ?
  • Positions to help dilation go faster
  • Pain relief options in the Netherlands
  • Possible interventions
  • Dutch habits in childbirth

The best moment to participate is when you’re between 32 and 38 weeks pregnant. It is either a Saturday or a Sunday afternoon class and it takes place every 5 to 6 weeks, so there’s always a class that fits your due date. I recommend you to register in time, because the number of participants is limited (six couples).

Fee:  150 euro (incl. 21% VAT) per couple. Health insurance often cover (part of) this amount. Included are: coffee, tea, juice and a handout.

Place: Studio 5, Hagestraat 5 in Haarlem.
From 2021 on the location will be Studio De Nieuwe Lente, Raadhuisstraat 56a in Heemstede.

Time: 13.30 hrs – 17.30 hrs

Private childbirth class

Do you prefer a childbirth class for just you and your partner? Consider a private childbirth class. During a private session, I will inform you about the topics as mentioned above while focussing on your personal circumstances.

A private childbirth class takes place at your house (weekdays and daytime only) and takes 2,5 hours. The fee is 165 euro and health insurance often covers (part of) this amount.

A follow up private class

It’s very well possible to book a private class in addition to a group class or as a ‘follow up’ private class. During an additional meeting, I will provide both of you with extra tools to make labour easier (breathing & relaxation techniques, positioning and acupressure). There’s also opportunity to focus on your personal questions and wishes and/or to talk about your birth plan.

A follow up private class takes 1,5 – 2 hours and the fee is 125 euro.


My classes are

  • covered by health insurance
  • recommended by midwives
  • personal (max. 6 couples)

Upcoming classes

  • Saturday, October 31
  • Saturday, November 28
  • Saturday, December 19

Upcoming classes 2021

  • Sunday, January 24
  • Sunday, March 7
  • Sunday, April 11

Do you have a question or would you like to sign up? Please contact me.

“I found Willeke’s class a perfect combination of facts and fun!! ”

“I was so glad I came. Honest, no-nonsense information, it was so useful during the birth of our beautiful daughter.”

“We are super happy that we visited your course.”
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