Jo has been qualified as a midwife for 28 years with a wealth of experience embracing all aspects of maternity care spanning across 5 different countries. Core-team labour ward in a busy city hospital, working with refugees in areas of conflict, home-deliveries, and teaching and preparing realistically for what is to come, are but a few of Jo’s areas of expertise. She qualified as a lactation consultant in 2011 and alongside teaching has found this area of care to be her busiest. Her aim is to empower patients so that they feel confident and informed for the journey ahead. She teaches from a base of sound academic knowledge and clinical experience having delivered hundreds of babies. Good preparation is imperative and she offers this in the form of versatile prenatal courses and breastfeeding workshops. She offers private consults both within her clinics and online – extending her breastfeeding support and expertise to many other countries.
Jo is also midwife to all NATO UK patients in Belgium, with clinics at SHAPE- in Mons, southern Belgium.
Madeeha is a qualified psychotherapist specialising in cognitive behaviour therapy. Originally from the UK, she is a native English speaker working with adults in Brussels. She has extensive experience supporting individuals to promote their mental health, but to address a particular problem or concern, offer support or to promote personal growth. She has a special interest and experience working with clients experiencing emotional difficulties during the perinatal period, such as antenatal/postnatal depression, perinatal loss, birth trauma and postpartum adjustment difficulties. She uses her clinical expertise, client’s goals and evidence-based practice guidelines to define the optimum treatment approach and ensure the process and duration of therapy is tailored to meet the needs of the client.
Becca is US licensed for both typically developing children and children with special needs. Becca taught for 7 years in the States before moving to Brussels where she had her two children. While in Brussels Becca ran a small business Terrific Toddlers teaching parent-child classes for families with babies and young children. Parents are a child’s first teachers and Becca loves giving parents the knowledge they need to support their child through many different stages of development. Though no longer living in Brussels Becca is happy to offer webinars focused on baby/child development topics, as well as one-to-one sessions to families who are looking for more one-to-one support.
Maja has a great passion for providing personalised care for women when they need it the most. She is Swedish and has lived in Brussels for the last 15 years. She trained as a midwife within the Belgian system and so has an up-to-date working knowledge of labour wards and neonatal care units within the city. Maja is available for home prenatal preparation sessions and advises on breastfeeding in the early postnatal period once home from hospital. She is undertaking the IBCLC (lactation consultant) course and hopes to qualify by the end of 2018.
Christine graduated from the Free University of Brussels obtaining a master’s degree in physiotherapy. She specialses in perineology and perinatality and recently joined BICAP (Birth core and pelvic therapy) and works at the Brussels perineology clinic within a multi disciplinary team dealing with dysfunction of the pelvic floor. She is qualified to guide you through the whole pregnancy and labour process. She offers individual prenatal sessions and classes to help you with pregnancy-related discomforts and to prepare you for childbirth and afterwards ensuring optimal recovery. If you wish, Christine has the accreditation to accompany you during labour and delivery at Edith Cavell Hospital and Ixelles Hospital. After delivery, if you encounter any problems, you can also meet her for postnatal clinics to help your body recover from the changes that occurred during pregnancy.
Ken is an English and Dutch speaking personal trainer who, as well as various trainings, is qualified in Natural Movement through Movnat . Couple this with a Nutrition Certification, and it’s clear to see that Ken’s focus is supporting you in making balanced life choices. As a father of two, Ken knows first-hand that having a baby is life-changing; bringing with it changes in body and also confidence. While he can’t help with the significance of your life transformation, Ken can help you reclaim your body and instil confidence that will help you embrace the new normal. No matter what stage you are on in your post-natal journey, a sociable and effective movement session is available to you – including weekly buggy bootcamp , baby and me classes , one to one personal training, and several group sessions in his training studio.