Blossoming Mothers

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Amsterdam, Netherlands

Member since 3/3/21

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About me

I’m Gaia Picciolini, the mother of Luna and Ravi and the partner of Arnoud. I’m Italian, Dutch for love.

Since 2014 I live in Amsterdam, where through my work as a yoga teacher and doula, I support women during the wonderful and challenging months of their pregnancy and along their journey to motherhood.

The births of my children couldn’t have been more different. Both times I had chosen an independent midwife and I had planned a homebirth, but with Ravi in 2017 I had to transfer to the hospital after 24 hours without much progression, meconium and complete exhaustion. There I opted for an epidural, and my son was born after 10 more hours of labour and 2,5 hours of pushing… His birth left me feeling like I had failed, doubting my body and the birthing process. Nevertheless when I got pregnant with Luna I decided to give it another try – and what a great experience that turned out to be!
She was born peacefully at home, under the excited eyes of her brother, after the most loving and intimate 7 hours Arnoud and I ever shared and two mighty pushes.

Her birth taught me a few important lessons: first and foremost it showed me that my body did know what to do. Furthermore the easy arrival of Luna, made me realise how much more strength and courage it had taken me to bring Ravi earth-side through all the pain and doubt. The extra help I needed the first time wasn’t a failure nor a sign of weakness.

I also really learned what I now try to teach all of my clients: that it is not (or it should not be) about the birth you get. What matters is to go through it fully informed, standing in your power, feeling in charge of your story, respected and supported in every choice you make.

There aren’t many moments in life able to show us how strong and powerful we are: birth is one of them. It leads us deep within ourselves to re-emerge changed, renewed, and enriched with a new awareness of ourselves.

My job is to hold the space for you so that your experience can be just as magical.

Categories

  • Parentally practitioners

Contact details

  • Phone number : +31 0648228604
  • Email : gaiapic@hotmail.it
  • Instagram :
  • Website : https://blossomingmothers.com/

Business info

  • KVK-number : 62644211
  • VAT-number : NL002511904B4
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My Diplomas & Trainings

  • Main diploma : BIA Doula Training
  • Other diploma : Birthlight Perinatal Yoga Diploma
  • Other diploma : Spinning Babies
  • Other diploma :

Reviews

Average based on 6 reviews
Sara M.

We had an amazing experience with Gaia during the course at home! She gave us a lot of tips for natural birth and was always open to answer and help us with all our doubts and questions. Highly recommended!

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Yu -.

I first met Gaia around two months before my due date. I had a very good first impression on her and she felt like an old friend to me. She gave me lots of very helpful information about labor and how to make a good preparation for it. Gaia was with me when I was about 3cm dilated. When the contractions came she massaged me and it worked very well to make them feel less intense and more manageable. Strange enough when my husband tried to do the same thing to me it just didn’t work at all. After my midwife examined me, she said that I could stay a bit longer at home because I was doing so well. We went to hospital when I was 5cm dilated. This was my first pregnancy and my midwife was busy with two labours at the same time. I was basically alone with my husband and Gaia after been examined. Gaia’s presence during my labor meant a lot to me because I felt very nervous without my midwife. Gaia was so professional and she kept talking to me, massaging me and coaching me how to breath till my midwife came back again to examine me. She assumed that I was around 7 or 8 cm but I was almost fully dilated and had already tried to push by myself. After labor, Gaia was so sweat and kind. She stayed along with us until we finally arrived home even though I could tell she was very tried. If you want to have a beautiful memory of labor, I highly recommend Gaia to you.

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Rima -.

Though it was my second time, when I first knew I was pregnant, I felt scared because I was in a foreign country and was terribly missing the huge support of extended family and friends that I received back in India when my son was born. It was only gradually that my misgivings were allayed and Gaia proved to be one of the main reasons for that. Somewhere in the back of my head I knew I wanted a doula this time around and the decision became firm when I met Gaia at the birth preparation classes that I was attending. She had a no- nonsense air about her yet was gentle and caring and though I interviewed other candidates I somehow knew that she was the one I wanted. I had had a C-section the first time, with my son, so I knew exactly how long it took to recover and how constrained life becomes after one, so this time around to say that I wanted a natural birth would have been an understatement. I was in a foreign country, with very little support in terms of family and friends, an older kid to take care of, a husband who travelled a lot due to the nature of his job – all reasons for me to get back up on my feet as soon as possible and a natural birth offered me the only way to do it and Gaia featured a huge way in helping me get there. Eventually, I was overdue and getting very tense with each passing day. It was then that Gaia came in to help in a big way. She helped me in every way imaginable – aromatherapy, homeopathy, exercises (she was also my pre-natal yoga instructor and a terrific one at that), spinning baby techniques, hypnosis, in short, the works! But more importantly she was like a friend who I could talk to about my doubts and fears and she would try utmost to soothe me in every way possible. As luck would have it, I had developed a cyst in my vaginal passage and since I was already overdue and there was no time to wait for the biopsy, the doctors decided to go for a c-section! I had included it in my birth plan and was now surer than ever that I wanted Gaia with me in the OT. When I communicated the same to the team of doctors they were surprised that I didn’t want my husband. To this day, I will never regret that decision. Amidst all that blood and surgery, my husband would have only added to the stress! Instead, Gaia transported me to the seaside. I only had to close my eyes and listen to her as she sat near me and stroked my hair and spoke of sand castles and the gentle sounds of the waves and created the illusion of a world very different from the sights and sounds of an operation in a hospital. One of the nurses even commented on how serene I looked! All thanks to Gaia! Yes, the birth of my daughter didn’t exactly go according to plan but if I had to give birth and I knew beforehand that I would be having a C-section, I would still hire a doula and of course it would be none other than Gaia because she is exactly all that you need during those hours of pain and stress – a calm, reassuring, warm friend, who will stand by you like a rock in your moment of need!

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Odile -.

My husband and I are both very happy Gaia was with us through the birth process of our first child. She helped us prepare physically and mentally for the big day, giving us practical advice as well as confidence. During delivery, she was a discreet but strong reassuring presence – her experience as well as her massage, rebozo and breathing techniques all were extremely helpful, so I could focus my mind and energy effectively. Also, my husband would have been completely lost without her! Birth went very smoothly – so quickly in fact that I ended up delivering at home at my request. Along the way, Gaia was always respectful of our decisions and provided unconditional support. I cannot recommend enough having her around for this big moment.

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Titika -.

Gaia sealed the most beautiful moment of my life with her professionalism and unforgettable positive mood.  A friend of mine suggested her to me as a doula and so I contacted her.  From the first moment, she approached me with tenderness and professionalism.  She worked hard on my worries and helped me believe that I have the power to give a birth as I had dreamed of. That is how it was done.  My daughter came much earlier than we expected.  Gaia came right next to me to support me and offered her services.  Throughout the birth, which took place naturally without an epidural, she was by my side and took care of me encouraging me with massage and Aromatherapy.  She was the one who, while dealing with me, took care of the whole atmosphere of the place.

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Asia -.

Five years ago I gave a birth to my beautiful rainbow baby girl. My pregnancy was going perfectly fine and I remember having a vision and a plan of a peaceful birth. Unfortunately, my waters broke in the middle of the night when I reached week 37. There was no more plan, no more vision and no more chance for a bath delivery and a calm labor in the beautiful birthing hotel not far away from our apartment. Our sweet baby girl decided to come earlier so I became a medical case. I was kept for 3 long days in the hospital before the induction procedure. I have to be honest that it was a very scary experience to wait in that uncertainty for my baby to arrive. I felt that sudden need to have a doula next to me. My husband was very caring at that moment but my body and mind needed some extra support. My mom couldn’t be there, my sister couldn’t be there and my best friend couldn’t be there. I wanted another woman next to me, someone who could assist me, guide me, protect me, connect with me and understand me in that very special but full of unknown moment. I attended pregnancy yoga classes through most of my pregnancy and this is where I met Gaia, my teacher, who happened to be a doula as well. I was really happy and relieved when Gaia agreed to be my doula after my spontaneous request just hours before the beginning of my daughter’s birth. I could use many adjectives to describe the amazing personality and skills Gaia has. I will only say: make her a part of your pregnancy journey. Make her a part of your family story. Trust her voice. Trust her soul. Trust her knowledge and experience. She is going to connect with you on so many levels. She has this gift of magically turning into a friend, soul mate or even an angel who is there for you, holds your hand, massages your tired back and supports your shaking legs, helping through every contraction. Asking Gaia for help was the best decision. She was truly irreplaceable, positive and confident and if needed invisible. I am forever grateful to have chosen her to support me. I could not recommend Gaia enough, she was just great!

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