1 day birth preparation course in English in Amsterdam

Have you recently moved to the Netherlands and are expecting a baby? Would you like to know your options? 

Moving to another country requires a lot of planning, organization, patience and determination to see your journey through. Moreover, expecting a baby in unfamiliar surroundings and circumstances might be overwhelming, especially if the maternity care and general beliefs about pregnancy and birth are very different where you are coming from.

This 1 day birth preparation course in English focuses on helping you gain information and confidence to be able to navigate the Dutch maternity care system.

Upcoming 1 day birth preparation courses:

8 December, 12 January and 1 March, Sunday from 10:00 until 17:30

The price of the 7,5 hour birth preparation course is € 240 / couple,

including lunch, coffee and tea.

Topics of the 1 day birth preparation course

  • Understanding the physiological stages of labour – How does labour start? How long does it last?
  • Informed decision making, birth plan, possible locations for birth in the Netherlands
  • Pain relief options, birthing positions, practical tips
  • Role of partners – How can you support the mother and also enjoy the birth of your baby?
  • The baby is here, first moments, breastfeeding – What does a baby actually need?
  • Who does the medical birth team consist of in the Netherlands? Who are present at the birth?
  • How is birth in your own country? What experience do you have that is very different to birth in the Netherlands?
  • How to deal with worried relatives in your home country?


Dates: 15 Dec, 12 Jan and 1 March, Sunday – 10:00 -17:30 (lunch between 12:30-13:30)

Fee of the course: 240/ couple including lunch, snacks, coffee and tea

Location: IJburg, Amsterdam

How to get here: IJburg is a 15 minute tram ride (tram 26) away from Amsterdam Centraal. Parking in the nearby parking garage costs € 7,5 /day.

Registration: please use the form below.

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About me

My name is Julia Szalai, I am  birth doula, childbirth educator and pregnancy yoga teacher. In 2015 I moved to Amsterdam with my family. As a doula I am supporting international families since 2012.

I have completed the 150 hours doula training of the Hungarian Békés Doula Circle and have been continuously expanding my professional knowledge on this field. In my work I focus on providing evidence based information to my clients, so they are able to make their own decisions finding their safest options for their birth.

I offer birth preparation courses, private consultations and hospital labour support for families in the Randstad area.