Meet the team
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.
Experienced & dedicated midwives
Meet our midwives who are happy to go the extra mile for you! 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.
Experienced in expat care
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.
High quality and complete maternity care
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.
Jo-Anne Besuijen – midwife
“Every woman would like to have a positive feeling about the transition to parenthood. I think it’s important to support and guide women and their partners as good as possible through the several stages of this transition. That’s why I strive for continuity and accessible contact in the patient care I provide, to reach that positive feeling!”
Jo-Anne graduated as a midwife in 2016 after studying Child Psychology and did midwifery internships throughout various cyties in Holland. She worked in Zeeland and Amsterdam and joined us in 2017 and became a partner of Verloskundigen 101 from of 2020. In her free time she enjoys being on the water and speaks Dutch, English and a bit of French.
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. In addition to her work, Olijf is an experienced sailor. She lives together with her husband and two daughters. Olijf is fluent in Dutch, English and German and moderate in French.
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 and worked at Verloskundigen 101 ever since and has become a partner. 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 July 2019 she is board member of the KNOV (Royal Association of Midwives in the Netherlands). She lives together with her husband and their four little children, two sons and two daughters, in Amsterdam. Sophie is fluent in Dutch, English and German and moderate in French.
Ira-Lisa Ter Beek – midwife
“In midwifery It’s very important that a woman can experience her pregnancy and birth in her own way, with guidance that suits her needs. Having a baby is the most beautiful and special moment of your life. It is fantastic that I can be here as your midwife to guide you through!”
Ira-Lisa graduated in early 2021. After her bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences at the VU, she followed her dream and became a midwife. Outside work she likes to travel and lives together with her boyfriend in Amsterdam. Ira-Lisa speaks Dutch and English.
Belinda van de Klis – midwife
“Since I can remember I have been watching childbirth programs and immersed myself in everything related to pregnancy and birth. This fascination has ensured that obstetrics eventually came my way. And luckily! I am honored to have the opportunity to welcome you guide you in the journey to parenthood and are happy to provide you with the care that matches your wishes and needs. That makes every day special for me.”
Belinda has been graduated as a midwife since 2021. She also studies the application of natural medicine in obstetrics. Belinda speaks Dutch and English fluently and lives in Badhoevedorp with her boyfriend and two cats.