My name is Chitra Natarajan. I am originally from Southern India, but I have lived in West Africa (Ghana & Nigeria), United States of America and now The Netherlands. My husband, daughter, I moved to The Netherlands as expats in 2007 from the US. What was supposed to be a short-term stint is now 14 years in the running.
I am a certified Childbirth Educator, HypnoBirthing, HypnoMothering, HypnoBirthing Infant Massage & HypnoFertility Practitioner. I started my own practice Akriti (meaning - to begin, to shape, in Sanskrit language) in 2010. I am passionate about Women’s health, wellness and the need for dignified positive empowered Birth outcome. I am trauma informed. My clientele is predominantly expat, but I do have a lot of Dutch clients attending my classes in English at Amsterdam. I also hold a Certificate of Waterbirth Education Approved by the American College of Nurse Midwives through Waterbirth International, USA. I teach my birthing classes (Childbirth Preparation, HypnoBirthing & HypnoMothering for sleep deprived mothers) in English at Amsterdam, Utrecht, Hilversum & Online(due to Covid- 19)
Childbirth practices have a huge cultural element. I try to understand a culture through the lens of Childbirth practices. It is interesting how the cultures adapt (or do not adapt) to emerging scientific research and working with clients from different nationalities and helping them have a good birthing
experience is personally enriching and fulfilling. I also run a support group for all the mothers who work with me. I truly believe that mothers need a support group, a tribe, with whom they can talk and share, especially when their babies are young as they navigate life as new sleep deprived parents. I also have launched my own podcast, Baby Ahoy with various birth stories as season 1. You can find the podcast on Google Podcast, iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify and my website.
In my previous avatar as a Human Resources expert, I was working for big Information Technology giants at various capacities – Recruitments - campus & lateral, Employee Relations, Compensation & Benefits, Employee Grievances, Performance Appraisals, Exit Interviews and Soft skill Trainings. My love for all
things birth started with my own birthing experience and also the move to the lowlands and finding out about home births and the long-standing tradition of the Dutch Midwifery care that I moved away from the Corporate world to the world of Babies.
Thank you for reading about who I am.
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