About us

Our Childbirth Courses are in English and designed with international couples having a baby in The Netherlands in mind.

When you are expecting your first child you are entering a new phase in your life. You probably have many questions and may be unsure of the maternity care system in The Netherlands.

Our courses provide the opportunity to explore a wide range of issues surrounding pregnancy, labour and early parenting in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. We offer a mixture of information-sharing, discussion and practical skills. You and your partner will have input into the content of the course which is designed around your needs.

While the full Child Preparation Course is for couples, one class per course is just for the women. This is a social class with the emphasis very much on establishing friendships and building support networks. On this occasion the partners are encouraged to make arrangements for the own social evening to exchange there experiences as dad's to be.

Bumpandbeyond focuses on having a baby and having a baby in The Netherlands. The courses cover all emotional and physical aspects of pregnancy, labour and early post natal period in a choice of formats and locations to suit your needs and lifestyle.

The courses are taught by Karen Goldman, a Doula who trained as a child birth Educator with the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) in the UK. She trained to teach baby massage with Peter Walker and yoga for pregnancy with the Berkshire Birth Company. She has over twenty years experience and has been teaching here in The Netherlands since 2007.