About us


Verloskundigen 101 is a successful practice delivering babies for over 500 mothers every year. Set up in 2003, Verloskundigen 101 operates from Johannes Verhulststraat in Amsterdam South taking care of pregnant women in Amsterdam and surroundings. Our facilities include a warm and relaxing midwifery practice as well as with state-of-the-art scanning equipment providing the latest in ultrasound technology including 3D and 4D ultrasound scans at our ultrasound centre Echo Amsterdam. We have a small team of highly experienced midwives and ultrasound experts who will be guiding you throughout your pregnancy, birth and beyond.

We offer personal and complete antenatal care at all stages of your pregnancy, birth and beyond tailor-made to suit your needs. Our aim is to enable expectant mothers to have a positive and reassuring pregnancy and childbirth experience. Our philosophy of care is based on respect for pregnancy as a state of health and viewing childbirth as a normal, healthy, physiological process. We are committed to promoting an environment of medical excellence, informed choice and superior care, adopting a holistic approach throughout the pregnancy and during childbirth. We are trained to monitor and signal medical risks closely. If necessary, we will do additional research or refer you to an obstetrician in the hospital of your choice. We work closely with all hospitals in Amsterdam and the surrounding area.

Whether you visit us for ultrasound scans only, or for complete midwifery care, we aim to give you, and your partner, a reassuring environment to discuss your needs at this important and emotional time, enabling you to visualise the forthcoming birth with positivity.

Our Team

Olijf Gaasbeek – midwife

‘It doesn’t matter where or how you give birth. If a woman can look back positively at her pregnancy and birth, this can give an enormous boost in self confidence and energy. To be able to contribute to this proces by guiding it with our medical expertise, but also a good chat combined with some humor, makes my day as a midwife’

In 2003, Olijf established Verloskundigen 101 and in 2007 our ultrasound practice Echo Amsterdam. From of 2015 she is board member of the collaboration between midwife practices and the VUmc. In addition to her work, Olijf is an experienced sailor. She has two daughters and speaks Dutch, English, German and French.

Elsemieke Grobben – midwife

“The most beautiful aspect of being a midwife is empowering parents-to-be while pregnant to reach a high level of confidence concerning birth and beyond”

At 2008 Elsemieke graduated as a midwife in Groningen and is a qualified ultrasound expert since 2010. She obtained valuable experience through various internships at midwifery practices in and around the North of Holland. She also did an international internship in South Africa. After graduating she started working in Utrecht. Elsemieke joined Verloskundigen 101 and hassince become a partner. She is fluent both in Dutch and English.

Elsemieke is expecting her first child in January and will be back from maternity leave in May.

Sophie Six – midwife

“Pregnancy and childbirth is a very special moment in a woman’s life. It’s my privilege to guide you as your midwife and support your needs to provide you everything necessary, allowing you to create a feeling of trust in your body and in the process of pregnancy, birth and beyond.  So all mothers-to-be feel relaxed and confident to experience this live event”

After being an obstetric nurse at the OLVG since 2006, she graduated as a midwife in 2011. She did research for the WHO and trained midwives on the Thai-Burmese border before returning to Holland and settle with her family. From of 2011 she is board member of the Association of Midwives in Great Amsterdam, and chairman since 2014. She has a son and a daughter and speaks Dutch, English, German and French.

Bella Wensveen – midwife

‘Every day, every human being, every life is different. This makes every day divers and special in its own way; to make a connection with so many different people and walk the path in all situations we come across, it most special to me.’

Bella graduated as a midwife in 2015 and did internships in various cyties in Holland as well as in Tanzania. Her last internship was at Verloskundigen 101 which she finished with great success. Before she became a midwife, she worked as a maternity assistant. She loves to travel and speaks Dutch and English.

Nicolien van Eijk- midwife

“What I enjoy most about my work is being witness to two people becoming parents. With common sense and listening skills, I want to help women feel confident during the pregnancy and delivery. By addressing their areas of concern, providing feedback and advice, my aim is to ensure that parents will look back and recall what a memorable experience it was.”
Nicolien became a midwife in 2017. Prior to this, she completed her study Human Geography at the University of Amsterdam. Once completed, she decided to follow her heart and pursue midwifery. During her studies, she gained work experience in Cape Verde. In her free time she enjoys cooking and loves to travel. Nicolien speaks Dutch, English and basic French.

Mirte Venema – practice assistent

Mirte graduated as a midwife in 2002 and worked at various practices in Amsterdam, including Verloskundigen 101 for a few years. After working at the front office of an ultrasound centre she now works as a practice assistent. She has two daughters and speaks Dutch and English.