Midwife, ultrasonographer, trainer
BIG registration: 59911698503
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Midwife, ultrasonographer, coach
BIG registration: 19032945303
Anita van Oostrom
Midwife, advanced ultrasonographer
BIG registration: 19028523803
BIG registration: 09055428603
In 2003 I relocated from England to the Netherlands with my family and have been living,
studying and working in Delft since that time. For many years I worked as a manager of a residential care home for adults with learning difficulties. After having my own children I decided that I wanted to train to be a midwife after observing what a wonderful profession it is and how important the delivery of excellent maternity care is for women, their partners and their families.
Firstly, I did my nurse training in Norwich then moved to London to complete my midwifery training. At this point my husband’s job was relocated to the Netherlands and we moved to Delft. After integrating my family and learning Dutch fluently, I went on to study at the Verloskunde Academie Rotterdam and graduated with a Bachelor of Midwifery in 2009. I have been working as a midwife in and around Delft ever since.
After working as a locum midwife in the Vijverhof practice for 3 years, I became a partner on 1 January 2013. Working in a team of
like-minded, professional colleagues allows me to practice midwifery with great pleasure and deliver excellent care to our clients. I have grown along with the practice and we moved to our new location with our new name in October 2016, becoming Verloskundig Centrum DelVi.
Due to my own personal background as an international in the Netherlands, I also enjoy looking after international women and helping them to find their way in the Dutch system. In 2012 I trained and certified as a birth educator and teamed up with Sophie Bos-Mallett, a doula and birth educator to form the family education and support service ‘Birth in Holland‘ for international women in Delft, The Hague, Rotterdam & surrounding areas.
Alongside this I have specialised in First Aid and recently qualified as a registered ERC instructor. Together with my colleague Martha I now deliver certified First Aid workshops for parents, covering resuscitation and first aid for baby’s and children up to puberty. For more information see Birth in Holland.
After my training and registration as a midwife in 2011 I have worked as a locum midwife in a variety of practices in and around Delft.
In May 2018 I became a partner in Verloskundig Centrum DelVi. From the moment I could talk I said that I wanted to be a midwife and I am really pleased to have been able to realise this dream.
I find it important to be able to give time and attention to both the pregnant woman and her partner. In our centre you will find midwifery care, maternity nurse care and lactation consultant care under one roof, this is very valuable.
Together with my four colleagues I offer guidance and care in this important phase of your life. I have three children myself and finding a healthy balance between work and family is a fun challenge!
Anita van Oostrom
I came into midwifery via two different courses and I have really found my perfect career. I derive a lot of pleasure from supervising pregnancy, birth and the post-natal period. It’s really nice to meet so many different people and to be able to support them during this wonderful time in their lives. I have three children myself, and when they were old enough I returned to the study books once again and specialised in ultrasonography. Together with a fellow midwife colleague from a neighbouring practice I set up the prenatal centre ‘de Look’ in September 2007. Here I perform a variety of ultrasound scans, including the 20 week scan. For the time being I hope to combine my work in both practices, as the combination of both specialisms is what makes it so rewarding!
After I finished high school I studied to become a nurse. During my final placement I worked in the obstetrics and gynaecology department. I still remember the first birth that I saw. I found it very nerve-wracking but also an amazing experience and a wonderful thing to see. During this placement I discovered what I wanted to do with my future. I didn’t want to assist the midwife during a birth, I wanted to be the midwife! Thankfully I gained a place on the midwifery course in Rotterdam. During the course I studied all the ins and outs of pregnancy, birth and the post-natal period in detail. After I qualified in 2005, I was finally able to embark on my career as a midwife with great enthousiasm.
Despite the fact that babies are born all the time, it is not always easy to find a permanent job as a midwife in a midwifery practice. Because of this, I worked for more than 2 years as a locum midwife in different practices. One advantage of this was that I was able to identify what was important to me with regard to the sort of practice I would want to work in permanently, what type of colleagues, working methods and approach to clients. I worked for a year as a midwife in a large hospital and found that this didn’t suit me as I missed the atmosphere of a midwifery practice, a close-knit team and above all the home births. Eventually I attended a successful (!) interview at the Vijverhof midwifery practice, where I had previously worked a practice placement during my training. Since 2007 I can refer to myself with pride as ‘partner’ in this midwifery practice. The Vijverhof midwifery practice has everything I was looking for in a practice. De client group is diverse, providing the diversity which I really enjoy. My colleagues are professional, sociable and very experienced which enables me to work with much pleasure and also further develop myself. Due to the small team of midwives working in our practice, the relationship between the pregnant woman and the midwife remains intimate. The pregnant mother gets to know all of us, which in turn creates a sense of trust for the client and works positively for us. The practice is well organised, thanks to the dedication and help of our two assistants. They are invaluable to us and to the practice. The workload is evenly distributed which enables a good work-life balance, which is good news for me with my three young children!
I qualified as a midwife in Rotterdam in 1993. From the age of 14 I always knew I wanted to be a midwife, even though I didn’t really know why! Now I can tell you exactly why and have been working as a midwife in Delft since 1994 with enormous pleasure. I derive much enjoyment and satisfaction from all aspects of midwifery as a profession; running clinics, supporting women during birth and supervising the post-natal period. More recently I noticed an increased need voor extra support and information for some women both during pregnancy and in the post natal period. Dealing with a difficult birth, anxiety and fear during pregnancy and birth, these are issues that many women face and need extra help with. I wanted to increase my communication skills and gain more knowledge and insight into how to help women with these issues. To achieve this I followed a coaching course for midwives and continued on to qualify as an all-round coach. I specialise in helping with anxiety. I have found that it is extremely valuable to be a midwife and a coach. I am now better equipped to address the specific issues that the pregnant woman needs help with. For more information see coaching (in Dutch).
Working in a team is really positive and allows for us to interact and discuss matters. It also provides a mutual support network and is of course very sociable. I am married with 3 children and have not changed as a midwife since I became a mother, but I think that my work has taken on another dimension. I look forward to continuing my career for many years to come.
Roos Sierkstra, practice assistant
Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday our practice assistant Roos Sierkstra supports us in running our clinics.
My name is Roos Sierkstra, I am married and a mother to Kris (1994) and Tessa (1997).
My first contact with the practice was when I was pregnant myself. Midwife Anita supported me during my first birth. This makes it really wonderful to work here now.
After I gained my doctors assistant diploma I worked for 12 years in a general practice, supporting the family doctors. From 2005 I have worked here at DelVi.
The combination of tasks, the personal contact with the pregnant women and working in a fun team ensure that I really enjoy working here.
Meriam Keijzer, practice assistant
Every Monday and Thursday our practice assitant Meriam Keijzer supports us in running our clinics.
My name is Meriam Keijzer, I am from de Lier and am married to Paul. We have a son and a daughter.
Before I came to work at Delvi I worked at a medical sport centre, but after ten years I decided I needed a new challenge.
Since 1st May 2017 I have worked at Delvi as practice assistant on Monday and Thursday.
Together with my colleage assistant Roos I try to provide you with optimal support and assistance.
I look forward to seeing you at the practice!
We also work regularly with our locum midwives. These midwives work regularly in our practice to support us during busy times, holidays, training days and sickness. You will meet them during clinics and when they are on call for births and home visits after the baby is born.
We consider it important to support our future colleagues during their practice training placements and because of this we work closely with the Verloskunde Academie Rotterdam. This means that you may meet a student midwife who is working with us in the practice and we would appreciate your cooperation with this. However, if you would rather a student not be present you can let this be known to one of the midwives.