Hilversum, Netherlands

Member since 2/22/21

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About me

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.
You can follow my work on Facebook at HypnobirthingHolland
If you are on Insta then follow me on @akriti__official
Please like, subscribe & share my podcast Baby Ahoy on Google podcast, iTunes, Stitcher & Spotify!


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Contact details

  • Phone number : +31643061731
  • Email : chitra@akriti.nl
  • Instagram : @akriti__official
  • Website : https://akriti.nl/

Business info

  • KVK-number : 58729097
  • VAT-number : NL555470118.B.01
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My Diplomas & Trainings

  • Main diploma : Certified HypnoBirthing Childbirth Educator
  • Other diploma : HypnoMothering Practitioner
  • Other diploma : HypnoFertility, HypnoBirthing Infant Massage Practitioner
  • Other diploma : Childbirth Educator Lamaze Birth Pathways, Yoga Nidra Practitioner


Average based on 7 reviews
Sonika -.

As a pregnant mother i wanted to know about hypnomothering and  how  hyponmothering can benefit me once my child is born. I liked the session a lot and it met the expectation tremendously. The breathing techniques to go into relaxation. The best part of the workshop is your lovely voice which makes me always to go into relaxation mode. The session was very relaxing and much needed. I really like the way you teach and make everyone comfortable in a group. Thank you so much again Chitra for the wonderful session

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Anne -.

Chitra is one of those people you meet as an expecting or new mother and you immediately feel like everything is going to be ok.  Without even following a course or workshop, there’s just something about the energy she radiates, the way she listens to your concerns and the free advice she provides in casual conversation that eases tensions and makes it better. Then there’s, of course, the HypnoMothering course itself. Too often with pregnancy, especially with your first child, one is so tied up with the pregnancy itself and then the birth, that we neglect to prepare ourselves for the intensity that is motherhood. Don’t get me wrong, motherhood is without a doubt the best thing that’s ever happened to me, but it doesn’t come without its own challenges and trying times – sleepless nights, medical issues, fear of this and fear of that – especially in the current COVID-19 pandemic times. The HypnoMothering workshop provided me with two main things. Firstly, it gave me the tools to calm myself during the stresses of motherhood through a series of breath meditations (as I interpreted them). It may sound simple, but when you’re going for months on end without proper sleep, any tools you can have that allow you to quickly fall asleep, or power rest during a baby nap is worth embracing. Secondly, the workshop itself is just a wonderful moment to leave the child with another carer and take some time to reconnect with your mind and body. Highly recommended!

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Yulia -.

As I’ve already had a crash course on birthing with Chitra just before delivering my baby last year, I was quite confident that I should do my best to attend the session on Hypnomothering. My expectation was that it would help me to get a bit more grounded and back in touch with myself and my body, the same way it happened after the birthing session. My expectation was most certainly met. Not only have I reconnected with myself, I also was surprised to find myself happy and content about connecting and reconnecting with other participants. To be honest, I almost skipped the workshop just because I feel overwhelmed these days from too much online communication and was a bit scared to go into yet another online group experience. I’m so glad I found strength to go online anyway. And grateful that my baby and the rest of the family cooperated and supported me in having these 2 hours fully to myself. We started with simple breathing exercises, and it was nice, like a light meditation. However it was when we got to do a version of a body scan very gently and carefully guided by Chitra that I felt real joy! This was definitely the most enjoyable and break-through point of a session to me. For the first time in over 4 months since I’ve given birth I was able to really connect to every part of my body, feel the energy and happiness and being proud of what this body accomplished, in a way, fully feeling myself whole again for the first time after the baby delivery! It was like a moment of inner celebration. When we got back into a group and discussed the experience, I also realised that it felt like a timely and soft end of a so-called “fourth trimester”, a really freeing sensation. And this all happened just through a 2-hour online session, unbelievable! For all these reasons I would highly recommend Chitra’s HypnoMothering Workshop both to expectant and new mothers. It is gentle, knowledgeable, safe, comprehensive and professional. Thank you!

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Clem & Nico -.

I heard a lot of good feedbacks from friends about this course and it indeed exceeded our expectations.  For the practice, we had to move from face to face classes to online session due to Corona Virus situation.  We feel now more prepared and we know what to “expect” from the labor/ delivery/postpartum period. I feel more comfortable doing this birth in the Netherlands and we now have all the means to handle it. The breathing technique, positions/massages exercise, all the different steps and how the body is reacting. So a big thank you to Chitra for her help and kindness during these sessions.

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Ezgi & Mark -.

Chitra knows her subject very detailed, passionate to tell about and explains the background of the things very well. This helps us to remember why and how the things are the way they are. Also her way of sending the summarised notes and other important tips was very useful. We enjoyed the course very much! Thanks.

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Emily -.

I would highly recommend enrolling in Chitra’s Hypnobirthing class. The content of the course itself was very detailed and offered all the info necessary to understand the birthing process, as well as the various relaxation and practical techniques (positioning, breathing, etc). Participating in this class with my partner was key – we felt so prepared and confident on the day my son was born thanks to what we learned. Chitra is an incredibly warm teacher who spent plenty of time customising the teachings on exactly what each of us in the class wanted to know. She taught us to be empowered and confident in our birth preferences. Thank you, Chitra! My husband and I appreciated the opportunity to meet other expecting (& English speaking) parents in this process.

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Maya & Gaurav -.

[Successful VBAC] My partner and I did the Hypnobirthing class with Chitra. The course was very informative about my options & rights, understanding the Dutch medical system (given that we’re expats in NL) and breathing & relaxation techniques. It helped my partner and me be prepared and confident for a VBAC for our second baby. Chitra makes the classes so welcoming with her warm, lovely personality. She also continues to stay in touch post the classes, with a lot of support in decision making. We are very glad that we decided to do the classes with Chitra and highly recommend it to all mums-to-be!

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