If you have come to this page, it’s very likely you are pregnant..If that is the case Congratulations!

Have you thought about how You would like to give birth?

Are you perhaps anxious about giving birth in a new country in a system you are not familar with?

Are you overwhelmed by the different options available?

Together we can have a look at what you need this pregnancy, so that you can move towards your impending birth in a confident empowered way.

Birth is the first page of your journey into motherhood, into parenting.

You deserve that start to be positive, empowered and respectful.

My philosophy is that a woman should be central in this journey, this is her transformatory process.

It is your birth,your body, your baby and your choices.

I am there every step of the way , supporting and believing in you.

Personal guidance, my knowledge about birth, the Dutch birth care system, your rights, options and choices

will Help you to find clarity, confidence and decrease the fears you might have.

Everything in order for you to get a clear picture of what you want and need.

If you have a partner i work for him/her as well, and will do everything in order to support him/her to be able to support you in the best way possible.

As of April 2019 you can chose seperate services next to the full Doula support packages.

Any woman i support in any way gets access to my very extensive lending library.

Birth Support Packages

Payment in installments is always possible, please contact me for more information

new prices for bookings as per feb 2021 only apply to clients who book after this time, not if we were in contact before this time

Doula package


  • complimentary meeting


  • intake   (1,5-2hrs)    

  • 2 meetings of 2,5 hours 

  • 1 pregnancy/post partum massage

  • 24/7 stand-by from week 38·    


  • continuous support during the entire birth from the moment you want me there      

  • help in making a birth and post partum plan       

  • available via phone, whatsapp, email during office hours for ANY questions you might have- or just a listening ear      


  • post partum birth debrief meeting

  • rental of Elle TENS unit(disposable pads cost)
  • rental of birth pool(only disposable liner & hose costs)

travel costs not included (0,19ct/km)


Doula package


  • complimentary meeting·


  • intake  (1,5-2hrs)     

  • 2 meetings of 2,5 hours

you mix and match the rest of the package with options like:

  1. birth preperation course(2 meetings)
  2. 3 x pregnancy/postpartum massages
  3. 1 extra session outdoors


  • 24/7 on stand-by from week 38·    


  • continuous support during the entire birth     

  • help in making a birth and post partum plan      

  • available via phone, whatsapp, email during office hours for ANY questions you might have- or just a listening ear        

  • rental of Elle TENS unit· 

  • rental of birth pool (only disposable liner & hose costs)

  • post partum birth debrief meeting

travel costs not included (0,19ct/km)


Post Partum

All my birth doula clients get a 5% discount on my post partum services

and 25% discount for a private baby massage cursus

What does a Doula do exactly?

Amy L. Gilliand Ph.D. writes in her book “the heart of the doula” what would happen if the doula dissapeared.. I found this so beautifully illustrative of some of the work i do during a birth that i wanted to share this with you.

If the Doula dissapeared, no one would…

Shut the door

Cover every toe with the blanket

Make sure the curtains overlap

Persevere until we find the right spot

Remind you to ask questions

Repeat what was said during a contraction

Move the yukky towels from your sight and smell right away

Shut the door again

Restart the playlist

Work with the nurse, helping him or het to get to know you

Repeat your visualisation with each contraction

Be calm

Be the extra pair of hands

Anticipate what you might need

Fetch anything you wanred

Keep a catalog in their head of what makes you feel better

Have yout comfort and well being as the #1 priority

Make sure your loved ones are informed

Know how to interpret your medical providers concerns in a language a tired laboring brain can understand

Shut the door again

Give your partner a break and remind them that it’s time to eat

Keep the focus on you

Remind you that you are having a baby

Help the nurse

Tape your pictures and affirmations to the walls

Understand medical procedures and explain what you might feel in advance

Believe in you and your ability to birth this baby

Remind you that you can say “No” or “Not right now”

Help you find your voice

Be there with you the whole time

Make sure your partner got to do what he/she wanted to

Shut the door again

Remember to fetch the baby book

Change the room temperature

Recall your biggest birth dreams and help you make them happen

Console you when they don’t

Refect your rhytms

Take notes of what was said and done

Empower you to advocate for what you want

Try other things first

Dissapear when you need privacy

Understand and explain how pain medication might effect you and your baby

Know your birth memories and satisfaction will affect you the rest of you life

Protect the space

Keep irrelevant activities from distracting you

Offer unconditional support free from future obligations

Be your Doula 

Services around pregnacy and birth

One-on-One Consultations (1,5-2hrs)


A Birth plan is not about the fact that you can plan the course of birth, it’s about becoming educated about all of your options. Together we will look at all different birth scenarios, your values, wishes and preferences and how you can best put them down on paper so that they are clear to your care provider. You will as well recieve tips on how to best communicate those preferences to your care provider, as well as access to different templates, like visual birth plans, examples of real birth plans. This option is also very helpful with a Planned c-section!



You might have already prepared yourself for the upcoming birth, but have you also throught about preparing for the period that follows After? We are going to make a post partum plan together and together with your partner talk about expectations, plan how you and your new family can best be supported so that you can optimally recover after the birth.



Fear of labour can have different sources, it can be fear of the pain, or related to a prior negative experience. I have developed a series of techniques to very practically help you along this path. We will work together in this session and you will get “home work”follow up and opertunity to keep in touch for any questions and support.



You will get an opertunity to glance back at birth through various techniques. I will guide you through them and help you let the puzzle pieces back into place.



price per hour.


Birth Prep / Sibling Prep


A one 4,5 hour day course incl. lunch during which you and your partner are prepared for birth and the post partum period after. This course can be followed with a birth partner(doula/friend/mother/sister if there is no partner in the picture)

This can also be given in two seperate sessions



I have developed this workshop with Expat parents in mind. I share all the relevant information you need to know to navigate the system and still find your own path in it. I as well give unique information on the different options within the city of Utrecht.



Do you want to chat about birth, pick my brain, perhaps discuss a previous birth experience that i can help you reflect upon? Or perhaps have your questions about the Dutch birth care system answered. This short session is completely customised to your needs.



Through play, books, toys and age appropriate tools and methods, I will help prepare toy child(ren) for the transition of becoming a big brother or big sister. I will as well educate them on birth, if you will want your child at the birth- i will prepare him/her for it- on what it’s like and how they can help when the baby is here.



I am on call for your family, when it’s time for you to give birth i come to your home and can stay with your older child(ren). If you plan on giving birth at home, i can care for your children and make sure your partner can focus on helping you in the birthing process and you can keep your focus. Included in this service is the prior mentioned play session.




In the comfort of your home, you will recieve a 60 min relaxing massage on my massage table.

On location at my practice in Hoge Weide, right off the bike bridge from Oog in Al. Utrecht Leidsche Rijn.




Any one of the consultations can be as well done out in nature. We go for a walk together and find a spot where we can meditate together and take the time to talk about what you might need to prepare yourself for birth. This can include birth plan and post partum planning, fear of labour or birth story listening.



How do you find your calm during this period of great transition, identity change, bodily discomforts and the impending birth. We will work through mindfulness techniques, meditation and affirmations on how you can best find the baseline of your nervous system. I will help you work on your mindset. In the end i will professionally record a meditation just for you. You can use this during pregnancy and post partum period to remember to keep breathing, stay present and calm.


Combinations of different services are possible

with a package discount

“Paulina is er voor je, voor, tijdens en na je bevalling. Ze kijkt met jou naar hoe jij het fijnst kunt bevallen, is de hele bevalling je steun en toeverlaat en na de bevalling blijft ze jullie als nieuwe mama en gezin ondersteunen zodat dat jij de tijd krijgt om aan je kindje te wennen en goed terug kunt kijken op je bevalling. 

Juist de post partum ondersteuning was heel fijn. Ik heb haar post partum prep workshop niet kunnen volgen (bestond toen nog niet) maar ik kan hem iedereen aanraden, je bevalling is maar kort, daarna begint het pas. 

Paulina brengt heerlijke zachte vrouwelijke rust mee. Ze maakt echt contact met je en stelt alles in het werk om te zorgen dat jouw bevalling verloopt volgens jouw wensen. 

Belangrijk hierin zijn ook dat zij jouw rechten als vrouw niet uit het oog verliest, tijdens een bevalling. Ze kan je hier veel over informeren..”

Lees de prachtige verloop van deze bevalling en laat je inspireren

Liza & Jasper

“Het is nu een tijdje geleden dat Paulina bij ons was voor de babymassage en ik heb er nog steeds profijt van. Ik heb contact met haar gezocht omdat ik de band tussen mijn dochter en mij wilde versterken en ik had gehoord dat babymassage daar een goed middel voor was. Borstvoeding lukte niet, waardoor ik me echt zorgen maakte om onze bonding. Naast dat babymassage echt super leuk is, geeft Paulina heel veel praktische tips die passen bij ons kindje. Maar even belangrijk is dat ze ook echt oog heeft voor de moeder en daar met al haar ervaring heel veel tips en informatie kan geven waardoor je na haar bezoek als moeder heel veel positieve energie hebt gekregen en je een relaxte baby hebt. Uiteindelijk is de borstvoeding door tips van Paulina (ze heeft me in contact gebracht met de juiste mensen), zelfs nog gelukt na 9 weken. Achteraf gezien ook een kwestie van ontspannen en vertrouwen krijgen, maar juist door Paulina kreeg ik dit weer. En door de lessen van Paulina, geniet onze dochter zichtbaar van de massages die ze krijgt. Dus beiden zijn wij ontzettend tevreden en blij met de babymassage cursus van Paulina!”

Jeanne heeft de privé baby massage cursus gevolgd in April 2019

Paulina was my doula for both my children, in 2014 and 2017.

Jo & Nick

“Ik had van te voren verwacht meer te weten te komen over wat ik kon verwachten in de periode na bevalling en dat is ook zeker wat er is gebeurt! Het was ontzettend fijn zo ondergedompeld te worden in de fijne sfeer van de studio en jouw presence terwijl ik van alles leerde over de post partum periode. Door jouw cursus heb ik nóg meer zin in het moederschap! De zin ´Als het goed gaat met de moeder, gaat het goed met de baby´ heeft veel indruk op me gemaakt. Erg bijzonder!”

Lotte volgde de Post Partum Prep workshop – januari 2019

” the biggest thank you for My  Doula  Paulina who was there as My Advocate in a fully medicated pre planned C section. Thank you for making sure I was comfortable with my own choices! “

zohar & robert

” I would like to openly thank my super duper  Doula Paulina  Glapinski-Zoethout  for her care and support and utmost professionalism in being a wonderful shoulder to lean on whether during the pregnancy or the delivery or after.. I can’t recommend her enough & I cannot express how grateful I’m for having her in my life!!”


“Deze workshop is echt een must voor elke moeder-to-be. Je leert er de dingen die je niet tegenkomt op de mommyblogs of in tijdschriften, maar die juist super belangrijk zijn voor een fijne start. Als je voorbereid bent op de eerste tijd na de bevalling en daarin investeert heb je er jaren plezier van. Want als je iets vergeet na de bevalling dan is het wel om lief en zacht te zijn voor jezelf.”

Shinta volgde de Post Partum Prep workshop – zomer 2018

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