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:

are on hold because of the coronavirus

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: no specific dates are available right now – Sundays between 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.

Sign up for the 1 day birth preparation course:

I am still offering individual birth preparation sessions in 4 hours (or 2 times 2 hours) online and in person. Please email me for more details:

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. Since then I am supporting international families planning to give birth mainly in hospitals and birthing centers.

Since completing the 150 hours doula training of the Hungarian Békés Doula Circle in 2014, I 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.

In addition to birth preparation courses, private consultations and hospital labour support for families in the Randstad area.