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Our regular team consists of four midwives and two assistants; we form a close team where a common approach for you is paramount. Below, we introduce ourselves to you. Our team is regularly expanded with (permanent) substitute(s), they also introduce themselves below.

I am Shirin Borst. Since 2018 I am working in the Leiden region and since 2023 I work fully in this practice.

I was drawn to everything related to pregnancy and birth since childhood. I liked watching medical birth programs at a very young age, for example. Moreover, I became a big sister for the first time when I was nine years old. At this age I experienced everything very consciously. I already knew that my future lied in maternity care. Midwifery has it all for me: the humane, the medical, the amazement.

After my training to become a midwife I completed the Evidence Based Practice master’s degree and became a mother of a son myself (June 2022). I have experienced how special it is to be pregnant, to give birth and to care. I wish everyone in the family a good start in this valuable period full of opportunities. Customized care is very important in my opinion.

I am Esther Krikke and have been working in Oegstgeest since January 2015. I was born at home in Kampen, the eldest of four children. After me came three rather large brothers who were all born at home (the last one weighed 10 pounds!). I have been fascinated by pregnant bellies and little babies ever since I was a child. This awe has never left me. I am a proud mom of two, a son (2019) and a daughter (2021).

What appeals to me about this profession is the combination of social and medical guidance in the different stages of the pregnancy. I personally believe that a midwife should customise her work: to respond to the individual needs, fears, and expectations of pregnant women and their partners. I strive to create a protected and familiar atmosphere in which your wishes come first and you gain confidence in the process of pregnancy and childbirth. My objective is that you will be able to look back on this special period with satisfaction.

My name is Daniëlle Douma. I had my education in Rotterdam and besides my duties as midwife, I can also make ultrasounds. Since my childhood I knew that I wanted to become a midwife, and I already experienced a day at this midwifery practice when I was a teenager. I marvelled the process of pregnancy and childbirth and still do.

In 2022 I became a mother myself. During my delivery I kept thinking about the relief I had seen with all the women I had guided during their labour, when the baby was finally lying on their chest. This helped me through the contractions. Big fact: my son was the second heaviest baby born in our practice during that year. He weighed 4605 grams!

Besides being a mother and midwive, I am also a board member of the midwife coöperation in the Leiden region. Behind the scenes I am committed to make our profession future-proof. In my daily practice I am committed to focus on your needs and wishes as (future) parents during the period in which we assist you. I consider it important for parents to be able to look back at the pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum period in a positive way.

My name is Eline Schaake. I have been working as a midwife for over twenty years now. After graduating I worked in Amsterdam-Noord for the first seven years, a city district with a very mixed population. I have been working happily at our practice in Oegstgeest since 2008. I am a lactation consultant as well as a midwife, so you can always approach me for questions on breastfeeding. My husband Guido, who is a professional musician, and I have two lovely sons: Sybren and Lieuwe. Why did I become a midwife? One of my mottoes is ‘a good start is half the work’. I want to contribute as much as possible to a good start to every human life by striving for a natural delivery.

Our assistants

We have two assistants: Janneke and Heleen. Below they introduce themselves to you. In the mornings they are ready to answer your questions when you contact us. If necessary, they will put you in touch with the midwife on duty. The working days of Heleen: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (every other week). Janneke works every Thursday and Friday and on Wednesday every other week.

My name is Janneke Korbee and I live in Noordwijk. I am married to Stephan and proud mom of Thijmen (2016), Sven (2018) and Naomi (2021).

In April 2022 I started to work as assistant in this beautiful practice. I also work as maternity nurse (kraamverzorgster). It is a pleasure to be involved in the care around pregnancy in my work as assistant and the care around the delivery and postnatal period as maternity nurse. I am looking forward meeting you and/or speak with you on the phone!

My name is Heleen Buitendijk. I am married, have four children and three grandchilds. Three of my children live on their own, one is still living at home.

I have been working as maternity care assistant for years (kraamverzorgster, home care after delivery). Now, I already work here in this practice as assistant for more than four years. I am glad to also have the opportunity to see the still pregnant women in my work at this practice. We will speak to each other on the phone or see each other at the practice. I am looking forward meeting you!

Our substitutes

At the moment we have Jolanda and Annemijn as substitutes. Below they introduce themselves to you. They are both fully familiar with our practice. 

My name is Jolanda Colli. I graduated as a midwife in 1992. Before that, I worked as a nurse for seven years in a general and academic hospital. Besides working in a midwifery practice in Amsterdam, Houten, and Voorhout and taking the required continuing education courses, I have also taught at the Midwifery Academy in Amsterdam for a number of years. I worked for years as a full time midwife in this practice, from 2023 I will work less and combine my work as midwife with other activities. I also work as coach and labour processing specialist.

I am married and have four children, two of which were born at the hospital and two at home. A significant part of my work involves the contact with the pregnant woman and her partner and the focused concern for her as a person: how she feels during this special period of her life. You build a special connection with the pregnant woman and her partner in a very short time, and together you have a job to get done. I never cease to marvel at the inception and development of the pregnancy and the birth of a child. Above all, the strength of the woman giving birth continues to amaze me.

My name is Annemijn Snel – de Haas. Midwifery stole my heart when I attended the open day of the Midwifery Academy in Amsterdam as a teenager. That feeling has not gone away. In fact, I like it even more than I could have imagined. The personal conversations, parents who look their newborn child in the eye for the first time; driving around the city or village for maternity visits: I love it all!

I hope to guide you in a way that suits you so you can look back positively on the pregnancy, delivery and maternity period. Looking forward meeting you!


We supervise midwives in training in order to contribute to the training of competent medical professionals who can guide a normal pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum period independently and properly. Depending on the level of experience and training stage, we determine which activities the student is allowed to carry out as an apprentice in our practice. One of us is always present here. Midwives in training must abide by the same ethical rules as certified midwives. This means that they are also bound by professional confidentiality. If you nevertheless do not feel comfortable having a midwife in training at your check-up or delivery, just let us know. We will of course respect your choice. Sometimes nurses who are specialising in obstetrics and gynaecology sit in with us for a couple of days. The same goes for doctors specialising in gynaecology. They must gain experience in a midwifery practice as part of the training.

At this moment there is no student midwife in our practice.