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. 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.

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 in 2011 and has since become a partner. She lives together with her boyfriend, daughter and baby son. Elsemieke is fluent both in Dutch and English.

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 three children, a son and two daughters, with a fourth baby due in August 2020. Sophie is fluent in Dutch, English and German and moderate in French.

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.

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.

Marliek Rutjes – midwife

“Being pregnant and the transition to parenting is a real life event. For me as midwife are these processes very intimate and special. After management a pregnancy,  delivery, the postpartum period and see a confident en lucky parenthood: that’s the biggest energy boost that you can have as a midwife.”

In 2016, Marliek graduated from the Midwifery Academy in Groningen. She started working in ‘t Gooi. At the beginning of 2017 she started working as a midwife in Amsterdam. Walking her dog and doing sports is what she likes to do in her spare time. Marliek speaks Dutch and English.

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