Should I give birth at home or in a hospital? Unlike most countries, you have a choice in the Netherlands. March 23, 2020

Birthing is a beautiful physical, emotional and spiritual journey. Delft MaMa Nina shares her birthing experiences and describes how being aware about the various options that you have during the birth makes it even more pleasurable and treasured. By Dr. Nina Bogerd As a doula and childbirth educator for expats,… Read more

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The Journey to Sustainable Eating

March 9, 2020

Our family recycles plastic, paper, bottles, and food waste. We don’t own a car. The house electricity is on 100% wind-power and we keep the temperature low enough that everyone needs to wear a sweater and put a blanket over their laps on the couch. Every year, I tackle another aspect of our family’s environmental footprint and this year is the time for food. Let’s talk about sustainable eating.

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DMM Blog Team

Swimming Lessons in Delft: A refresher post

February 24, 2020

A hot topic on any school yard. When, where, how…waiting lists…. A challenge for any parent, but for our international DelftMaMa parents it must be a nightmare I can imagine. I’m Marjolijn, voluntary swimming instructor at swimming club d’ELFT and mother of 2 boys. Because I know how challenging living abroad can be, I am a member of DelftMaMa. Since I joined DelftMaMa, questions on swimming lessons came by on a regular basis and I replied multiple times; hence time to write it down in a blog.

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The advantages of partnering with Delft MaMa

February 10, 2020

 by Delft MaMa Outreach Coordinator Maria Steenhuizen and Chairwoman Meredith Mull Aggarwal   Why sponsor or partner with Delft MaMa? For the past 12 years, Delft MaMa, a volunteer-led non-profit organisation, has served international mothers and their families. Delft MaMa helps them find their place and new acquaintances in Delft… Read more

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Nina Bogerd: The remaking of my professional career and life in the Netherlands

January 27, 2020

Or, how I walked away from the dissatisfaction of a career as a researcher and  lecturer towards my  dream career  as a doula and  childbirth educator By Dr. Nina Bogerd My Early Days In my youth in Slovenia and later on when living in Switzerland, I had always aspired to… Read more

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Getting used to Dutch customs

January 13, 2020

 

Ever find yourself confused about the seemingly unspoken Dutch customs surrounding birthdays and other social gatherings? You’re not alone! Delft MaMa Sandra Treviño, hailing from Mexico, shares with us some of her experiences navigating some of these Dutch customs alongside her two kids.

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Kate Groves, editor

Out with the old, in with the new: Reflecting on 2019 with Delft MaMa

December 30, 2019

Welcome to our now annual Out with the old, in with the new blog post as we say goodbye to 2019. We asked  Delft MaMa Chairwoman Meredith Mull Aggarwal to share an informal review of what we’ve done this year. Grab a cup of your favorite beverage and enjoy a review of the year behind us before we look ahead in the year to come.

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Kate Groves, editor

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