As a doula, I am serving as a bridge between worlds and birthing traditions. I am in service to the woman, the baby and her family on their journey of (pre)pregnancy, birth and postpartum. Walking through these transformative times with love, trust and connection. All of the journey is to be celebrated and it is my absolute JOY and honor to dance and to simply be with you through the different tides and waves that pregnancy and birth brings.
My first teachers in the field of birth were traditional Mayan midwifes from Mexico and Guatemala. Getting to know their stories and ways of doing, I discovered my own calling as a doula, which came to me through dreams. I got introduced to a midwifery that is instinctual, rooted in ancient tradition and connected to the natural birthing process of a woman. I continued my holistic doula & birthkeeping trainings, covering a wide range of looking at birth – from the scientifical and biological to the more mystical and spiritual aspects of birth and beyond. In Spanish, giving birth is “dar a luz” – which is translated as “to bring light”. And indeed – you notice it in the air – birth brings a golden energy to the space. Not only a baby is born, a new family is born and a new way of living. All in all, a period of great change and transformation.
As a doula, I am a guardian of these transformations and the sacred space of the birthing environment – knowing how much the subtleties DO matter – especially during birth. Harmonizing, bringing trust and love to the environment. When at birth – my so-called antennas are on sharp. I see birth as one of the most natural aspects of life and I truly believe and see the power and instinctual wisdom of each woman to move through her own experience, being exactly thát which she needs to experience. Being fully present to help her get into that primal state, in connection with the womb. May she ride her own waves, and especially have the space to experience it fully. Knowing that she and her partner are not alone in this journey of birth and afterwards.
My field of work reaches from pre-conception, to pregnancy, birth, postpartum & beyond. Pre-conception, as lots of preparative womb “work” can be done for the baby to fully land and be nourished in a cosy connected womb space. With “beyond”, I refer to guiding the journey of birth on the spiritual level, taking the soul- and body integration of the baby as an important aspect of the midwifing process to the transition to earth.
~ Holistic womb healing support & counselling (1:1 sessions & Womb Essence group journeys)
~ Ancestral womb healing guidance
~ Yoni egg practice and guidance
~ Herbal advice to support fertility and womb health
~ Mayan abdominal womb massage (also known as “the sobada”)
~ Metamorphic massage
~ 1:1 Shamanic journeys to heal your own birth experience
~ Rebozo massage/Reiki/Basic shiatsu and intuitive massage
~ Herbal advice to support a vibrant pregnancy
~ Mother/baby blessing ceremonies
~ Guided “Dreambirthing” shamanic drum journeys to prepare for birth
~ Hypnobirthing techniques and personalized recordings
~ Guidance into deepening communication with your baby
~ Supporting you and your partner into envisioning your birth plan
~ Birth preparation for you and your partner on different levels: practical, physical, emotional, spiritual, etc
~ A listening and non-judgemental ear and resource for any type of support
~ Being “on call” and available 24/7 starting at week 37
~ Traditional rebozo practices
~ Full presence for labour and birth – however that looks like for you
~ Accompanion at home, hospitals and birthing centers
~ Herbal and homeopathic remedies if needed and desired
~ Mayan abdominal womb massage
~ Herbal advice & support for physical and emotional well-being (for teas, baths, yoni steams, etc.)
~ Placenta care, medicine making (homeopathy/tinctures) and ritual support
~ Homeopathy to support vitality and recovery
~ Healthy nourishing meal preparation
~ Support with the baby
~ Breastfeeding support & counselling
~ Birth story integration & reiki sessions
Rebozo “Closing the bones” ceremony
As learnt with the Mexican midwifes, to honor the transition into a new phase of motherhood and close the period of pregnancy birth on the physical, emotional and spiritual level. A moment for you, to give space for yourself and for integration to happen. Traditionally this is done 40 days after birth, but even can be done years after any type of birth. The rebozo is a traditional Mexican fabric – which is said to be an extension of the heart and the arms. You will be wrapped into a cocoon to fully come back to yourself as a way to integrate all that happened. This ritual includes a medicinal (foot)bath, lots of pampering and herbal tea after which you will be wrapped in the rebozos from head to toe. I either bring someone with me for this ceremony or you can ask a friend or your partner to assist me. Take a few hours of your day for this special experience and if you wish, you can invite your friends to be there with you.
Although the above may give an idea of the services I offer, it is always personalized and adapted to the needs of mother and family. Would you like to work with me, or do you have any questions? Then please reach out to me via the contactform below or mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hear from you.
At the moment (summer 2021), I am around Barcelona for birth work. I am happy to travel for births and postpartum support so please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Review from Aleida – birthed at 01/01/2020
“Feeling a lot of gratitude for having Lieke by our side during pregnancy, birth, and early motherhing-days. It is amazing how she made me feel cared for, seen and honoured while going through all these different phases. Lieke is doula in heart and soul, a very important and all-encompassing job on so many levels, which became very clear to me. During pregnancy I felt a lot of relaxation and trust in the process, and I felt celebrated. I felt ready to birth! While in labor, it felt as if Lieke was guarding the gates between the dimensions as we went on through the birthing portal, only allowing through what was in service of the process of a beautiful labor. Being very intuitive, she knows where to be and what to do at the right time. I felt very safe and supported, my midwife wasn’t there until the very end, and I felt absolutely sure that we could have delivered the baby by ourselves if we had to. Lieke helped us to ceremonially burn the umbilical cord after birth, and helped out the first few days. I feel so lucky that we had her in the processes, she has a magical antenna that knows exactly what is needed in the moment. I underestimated how hard it would be to crawl back from the underworld after labor. Thankfully, Lieke kept on guarding the gates, and caring for my partner, the baby and me. She helped us on different levels, making me feel safe and loved in whatever I was going through at the moment. It was perfect. So grateful!“