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Catharina Ooijens  is the first clinical doula in the Netherlands. Trained as a pregnancy yoga teacher and as a postural integration therapist with Jack Painter in the early 90’s, she understood that emotional and complementary practice was needed in an academic center in addition to expected high-quality medical care. Her training with internationally approved Dona teacher Debra Pascali-Bonaro in 2009 inspired her to write a proposal in 2010 for the implementation of doula care in a hospital setting.  Prof. dr. J.A.M van der Post, head of OBGYN at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam understood the value of doula research in the Dutch patient population. After being published in the Dutch Journal for Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2015, she was offered a full-time position as part of their obstetric team. She is a member and chairman of the accreditation commission of the Dutch Association for Doulas (NBvD). 

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