“The journey from pregnancy to birth and becoming a mother is such a great learning experience.”

Anastasia Psaropoulou

I am a midwife for 10 years and worked as a freelancer midwife (in both hospital and community settings). Earlier in 2020, I became a mother myself to a baby boy. I split my time between being a mommy and practicing my knowledge about midwifery. I came to the Netherlands in 2017 with my husband and since then I am living in Eindhoven.

I am the owner and creator of Touching Life. This idea came up due to the need that especially other expat mothers have to be informed about the maternity health system of the country, their need to share their feelings and possible fears as mothers since they are very far from their country and their own people. 

Except my midwifery diploma I am also a Breastfeeding Consultant/ Certified Infant Massage Instructor, specializing in Childbirth naturalization, homebirth, and VBAC. I have significant experience not only in labour/delivery, but also in delivering lessons to mothers and couples, tailored to their needs, wishes, and aspirations.  I completed my studies at the Athens Midwifery section and I thought I wanted to learn more, open up my horizons and develop my knowledge as much as possible. I’m working on preparing the new couples by organizing parenting groups . At the same time, she is an internationally certified Certified Infant Massager Instructor ( CIMI ) and runs seminar circles aimed at couples who want to experience the infant massage experience with their babies.

I am delighted to be offering the continuous perinatal support that is so important during pregnancy and new parenthood as well as enabling the relationships built by moms in birthing classes to grow as they continue their journeys together postnatally, peer support is such an important part of new mommyhood, and being able to spend time bonding with baby in a calm relaxing environment is invaluable.

My philosophy of birth

Every day I realized how wise nature is and how amazing the body has created. The consecutively home visits to nursing mothers is an integral part of my everyday life helping mothers with breastfeeding, neonatal care and discussing everyday issues of concern. I believe that the start of your life determines the quality of the continuation. I see and experience that there is still much to be optimized in this. This is why  I’m passionate about making birth better for all by bringing the individuals into the center of their experience.

I am accustomed to saying that love, support and properly documented scientific knowledge will make every woman possible to bring her child to the world as she desires. I believe in scientifically documented obstetric care with a holistic approach that focuses on the needs of mother, child and family. Everyday, therefore, I try to offer such care in order to prepare the couple for their new role as parents, a good childbirth experience and family support in the next few weeks at home.

My aim is to meet and get to really know every couple, through an open discussion and by giving them the space and chance to express their wishes, to know their options and to be well prepared, not only physically, but also emotionally – for the birth of their child within a respectful environment.

I will be at your side to advise you, to solve questions and to provide obstetric care from the beginning and throughout pregnancy, to childbirth and to the period of postpartum.

When the touch begins, love and humanity are born within the first few minutes of birth

Ashley Montagu