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 with you through the different tides and waves that pregnancy and birth brings.
I am grateful for my first teachers in the field of birth – 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 spiritual tradition and connected to the natural birthing process of a woman. From here, I continued my holistic fullspectrum doula & midwifery trainings, covering a wide range of looking at birth – from the scientifical and biological to the more mystical and instinctual aspects of birth and the bodily and hormonal processes. In Spanish, giving birth is “dar a luz” – which is translated as “to give light”. Indeed – giving birth is bringing light into the world. You notice it in the air – birth brings a golden energy to the space. But not only a baby is born, a whole 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 connect with her internal power when needed. 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.
>> From pre-conception to pregnancy, birth, postpartum & beyond. <<
~ Yoni eggs & guidance – to prepare the womb for pregnancy or increased recovery after birth, increase sensitivity, pleasure, fertility and get in a deeper connection with the energies and sensation from the womb and yoni.
~ Mayan abdominal womb massage – as practiced amongst Maya midwifes, to help release tensions and emotions held in the abdomen and womb. A massage that is focused on bringing the energies back to your center.
~ Metamorphic massage – for the mother to relax, release and sink deeper into herself before going into birth. See the full explanation here: https://withlovebylieke.com/metamorphic-massage/
~ Mother- & baby blessing ceremony
~ Help with creating and envisioning your ‘Dreambirthing‘ plan
~ Preparing you and your partner for the changes and transformations during pregnancy and birth, touching upon the fysiological, emotional, mental & spiritual aspects
~ Someone who is there for you and your partner when you are embarking on your journey of labor. With full presence and sharpened instinct. Either present from nearby or more distant. What the moment – and you and your partner – ask for. For you to experience the birth as you wish.
~ Setting up the birthing space, preparing what you need to feel comfortable and where the baby would love to arrive Home to
~ Accompanion at home and hospitals/birthing centers, safeguarding the beyond-medical experience of birth and harmonizing transitions for a magical hospital birth
~ Being “on call” 24/7 starting at week 37 through whatsapp, email or phone calls
~ Mayan abdominal womb massage – as learned from traditional Maya midwifes in Guatemala & Mexico. To reposition the womb, release any tension and other (emotional) residues from birth. Helpful to ‘re-organize’ the positioning of the organs in your body and for you to connect back to your center.
~ Rebozo “Closing the bones” ceremony – as seen in many ancient traditions. During labor, the body fully opens to birth New Life. In this ceremony, we honor this process and work with the rebozo to close the physical, emotional and spiritual body after birthing. As learnt with Mexican midwifes. A beautiful ritual to honor and close the period of pregnancy and birth for the woman to move into the next phase of motherhood. A moment for you, to give space to that which wants to be seen before moving on. The rebozo is a long scarf – which is said to be an extension of the heart and the arms in Mexican tradition. I come to your home with herbal tea, medicinal herbs for a (foot)bath after which you will be wrapped in the rebozos from head to toe. A special ritual and full experience to undergo.
~ A record of your birthing story – either written or recorded for you as we share after your birth with a nourishing cup of cacao. A true treasure to come back to or gift your child at a later moment in life.
~ Herbal advice for physical and emotional well-being after birth
~ Postpartum herbal yoni steam
~ Pregnancy integration sessions – including all or some of the above; to fully honor and close the cycle of your pregnancy
Fill in the form below to get in touch with me for a more personal conversation and connection. The most important thing on this intimate journey of pregnancy is to have a “click” with the people who will surround you. I would be honored to get in touch with you and share a part of your journey into motherhood and family forming. We can personalize the services to your wishes to come to something that works best for you. For a birth and transition filled with beauty through the different tides and waves that you may encounter, wherein you may experience your full strength and instincts as a life-giving woman.
At the moment I am based in the Netherlands, near Alkmaar. As a nomad at heart, I am open to move around and assist you in your journey in different parts of the world. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.
Review from Aleida – 13/02/2020 (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!“