In 1991, I qualified as a General Nurse and Midwife from Carinus Nursing College, Cape Town and in 2011, I received my Post-Graduate Diploma in Advanced Midwifery and Neonatal Science (with distinction) from the University of Cape Town (UCT).
In between 1991 and 2011, I received the following qualifications/certifications:
Sports Massage and Sports Injury prevention (2002, NGS, SOW, The Netherlands)
CranioSacral Therapy, (2009, Upledger Institute, The Netherlands)
Health Professional Education (2013, UCT)
South African Lactation Consultant (SACLC) (2019, Wits University)
Infant Massage Instructor (IAIM, 2019)
I am a wife and mother to two children; Daan (2000) and Eva (2003), both born in The Netherlands.
I grew up in The Netherlands and after spending my Senior High School year in the USA as an exchange student, I followed my family who had emigrated to South Africa in 1985.
My work experience has ranged from working at hospital maternity/labour wards in Cape Town, Amsterdam and London and having my own Sports-Massage and CranioSacral Therapy practice at home to being a lecturer at UCT Medical School at the Obstetric & Gynaecology department for the 3rd, 4th and 6th year MBChB students based at Groote Schuur Hospital (GSH), New Somerset Hospital (NSH) and Mowbray Maternity Hospital (MMH).The teaching included, but was not limited to, clinical (bedside) teaching sessions ranging from the antenatal period through birth to postnatal care and obstetric emergencies. At the same time, I was involved in teaching and facilitating the Post Graduate Midwife Students within the Nursing and Midwifery Division at UCT
My passion lies in helping woman in the antenatal period to approach pregnancy and birth as positive experiences and that shortly after birth women regain their strength and maintain their health as they adjust to life with their new baby and to provide the opportunity for parents to tune into their babies, communicate love and security and read their cues, to enable the crucial process of bonding.
“The greatest privilege of a human life is to become a midwife to the awakening of the Soul in another person. ~Plato~”
CIMI, SACLC, PGDip-HSE, PGDN (Adv Midw-Neon Sc), CST-therapist, Sports-masseur, RM, RPN, RCN, RPsychN
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