My name is Johanna and I am an English-speaking birth doula that also offers childbirth preparation in Munich, Germany. I am 36 years old and a mother of two. As I come from an international family myself and am now married to a wonderful man who is half American, half German, I have a soft spot for multicultural families. I aim to support pregnant women of all cultural and religious backgrounds during the perinatal period.
My goal is to enable women, and their families, to have the most gentle, nurtured and informed entry into parenthood as possible. I believe in evidence-based practices during pregnancy, labor, and after birth. My aim is to provide adequate resources for you and your partner. I want to hold space for you during the birth of your child and try to make sure you get the time to make informed decisions. I believe on-going consent and bodily autonomy are essential to a positive birth experience. If you feel confident in your abilities, and empowered to make decisions, you are most likely to look back on your birth with happiness and pride.
My doula path
Originally, I am a biologist with a doctorate in biomedicine. I work in research promotion at the medical faculty of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich. I enjoy my job a lot and I am grateful to work in the always inspiring university environment. But something was missing. Something I only discovered after the birth of my second child.
My first birth was a planned birth center birth. However, after many hours, it ended with a transfer to the clinic, a lot of unpleasant interventions and a pediatrician that really challenged my sanity. When I was pregnant with my second child I wanted more: more courage, more flexibility, more choices and more (and better) information. I found an amazing homebirth midwife (who is a co-founder of the new birthing center in Munich). Having her by my side made all the difference during my pregnancy (which wasn’t always easy) and during birth.
Seconds after my baby was born in our bathtub I knew that this experience transformed me. I felt so empowered, so thankful. Sure, it was a quicker, easier birth in general and I felt comfortable in my own home. But the biggest difference for me was the feeling that I owned this birth and every decision around it. A couple months later I registered for the GfG Doula training and never looked back.