Welcome to Calm Waves!
Hello, and welcome to Calm Waves HypnoBirthing & Massage!
My name's Miranda and I'm a mummy to two lovely children, Forest and Daisy, and wife to my husband, Nik.
As a mum to two children, my knowledge is grounded in my own personal experience and over 11 years working as a therapist and childbirth educator.
I'm so happy that you've discovered my website. Please feel free to browse through these pages for information on my Doula services, HypnoBirthing courses, massage treatments and Baby Massage classes.
Coronavirus update: As from 15 December, my HypnoBirthing classes are being held online as live virtual sessions, via Zoom. I hope we can move back to in-person in Amsterdam Zuid, once the lockdown restrictions are lifted (hopefully after 19 January 2021). Baby massage classes will also be held online, with the hope of moving to in-person.
Sending you all love, light and good health during these uncertain times
"Miranda is a wonderful person and a great HypnoBirthing teacher. She taught me so many things and empowered me in my birthing experience. She was also my doula during the birth of my third child and her presence plus the things she had taught me made such a difference and I experienced giving birth as something beautiful and empowering. Last but not least, she is also an amazing massage therapist" - Stella, Amsterdam
Hear from parents what they think...
Hear what Ana and gorgeous little Theo think about HypnoBirthing! Ana did a HypnoBirthing course with me in September 2019. You can read her full birth story here:
"We are so grateful to Miranda for giving us the tools and confidence to achieve something that I never thought possible – a calm, painfree birth experience with no medication! And we like to think our son’s arrival into this world had an impact as he is the most chilled out little dude on the planet!"
— Kat & Tim, Singapore
“The Doula support during our pregnancy was amazing. Miranda was a constant gentle presence for me throughout my birth. She offered new positions to help my comfort levels and provided frequent physical comfort through touch etc. Even during the stages when I wasn’t very aware of what was going on around me, I could tell that I was surrounded by tons of support from my husband and doula.”
— Shelley & Richard, Amsterdam
Get In Touch
Contact me to book a massage, ask about my Doula services, baby massage, HypnoBirthing course or a FREE space on a taster session, or just for a chat!
Hello, my name is Miranda and I am a mummy to Forest and Daisy!
I'm so passionate about everything massage, pregnancy and birth related. I never thought I would be! My life was all about travelling with my backpack. I was fascinated with the world! Hungry to dive oceans, climb mountains, learn about yoga, meditation, different cultures and traditions. I travelled for 4 years around Australia and Asia, picking up jobs along the way (wondering what kind of jobs? Here's a long list!).
Then I met Nik and our son, Forest, was born, and everything changed. Having my own children opened my eyes to the magical world of pregnancy and birth!
I absolutely love helping to empower women to achieve a calm, comfortable and enjoyable (yes, enjoyable!) birth. I love to help birth partners feel prepared and confident. I enjoy helping parents to continue that calm through bonding with their babies using the loving and therapeutic touch of massage.
I gave birth to Forest and Daisy using HypnoBirthing. I was really scared of birth, petrified even! I'd heard so many scary stories about birth (my own 5 sisters' births too!). But HypnoBirthing changed that. I know firsthand how birth feels and how HypnoBirthing really, truly works, to make the birthing process such a beautiful, calm experience for EVERY woman. I was able to use the HypnoBirthing techniques with my husband, Nik, for both of my (very different) births.
I truly believe that if a woman has great support by her side, she can have the most positive, empowering birth experience. This is why I became a doula. A supportive and encouraging birth partner can be positively birth-changing! HypnoBirthing courses help birth partners to be wonderful support. For some, they feel they need an experienced and skilled female support too, and that's where I can step in. I'm a doula (having trained with BiA Doula Training in Amsterdam), and feel extremely lucky to be able to call this my 'job'.
I qualified in pregnancy, postnatal, deep tissue and warm bamboo massage. I began my training in India in 2004 where I fell in love with massage. I then became a Holistic massage therapist in the UK in 2009, and have been learning more and more since then. I enjoy working with pregnant women especially. A woman's body goes through many changes during pregnancy, and birth, and massage supports those changes.
I'm also a fully qualified Developmental Baby Massage Teacher, having trained with the wonderful Peter Walker in the UK. Baby massage is a powerful way to communicate and bond with your baby, helping to build your confidence whilst supporting and encouraging your baby's development. Touch is so important for a baby's development.
I have been lucky to have helped 100's of families whilst living and working in Singapore, the UK, and now here in the Netherlands, and have experience teaching and supporting in hospitals and in more intimate venues and private homes.
I can't wait to be able to help and support you through your wonderful pregnancy, birth and baby journey!
Please feel free to have a look around my website and contact me if you have any questions or just fancy a chat. I'm here for you!
Wondering what I did for work before I became obsessed with pregnancy, birth and massage? Here's a long list that might make you giggle:
shelf-stacker in a shop
backpacker hostel manager
cycle taxi driver
PADI Scuba Diving instructor
PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer
and then finally....
HypnoBirthing childbirth educator
baby massage teacher
Read about my own two HypnoBirthing births