The Team

Midwifery practice ‘’Vol Verwachting’’ in Geldrop and Mierlo consists of four experienced midwives with lots of passion for their job. While looking for a midwifery practice, we recommend focusing on finding the right match. You need to feel comfortable with your midwife and you must be on the same page regarding the treatment methods. We believe trust in yourself, and the midwife is essential for a pleasant pregnancy and delivery. This is why we pay lots of attention on the connection between us and the future mother and partner.

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Madelon Janssen

Practice owner, midwife,
sonographer and mother of 2

“Hello, I’m Madelon Janssen. In 2012 I graduated as a midwife and since January 1st 2014, I have been working as midwife and ultrasound technician at midwifery practice ‘’Vol Verwaching’’. Within the practice, I can pay full attention to the future parents, and accompany them during the pregnancy, delivery and in the maternity weeks.

I am a mother of two wonderful boys (2016 and 2018). This made me experience what it is like to be on the other side of the job – a very special experience. My pregnancy was not always easy and comfortable. My deliveries on the other hand both went rather smoothly, with the help of my colleague Tea, both of my boys were born at home. Due to my own experiences, I can empathise even better in experiencing pregnancy and the accompanying questions. I understand that it can make you insecure at times. It can be very nice to be reassured by a familiar face who can guide you from experience.

Our midwives’ care is accessible, which is very important to build trust. Confidence in yourself and in your midwife is very important to go through your pregnancy, delivery and postpartum properly.

In 2020 I followed the training for conception and IUD placement together with my colleague Tea, which is a nice addition to our profession and makes the care even more complete.”


Tea Bijlsma

Practice owner, midwife,
sonographer and mother of 2

I have been working as a midwife since 2012 and since 2014 I have been working in the midwifery practice ‘’Vol Verwachting’’ as a midwife and sonographer with great pleasure and satisfaction.

We are a small-scale and accessible midwifery practice. I think it is important to be able to offer all the attention and time to the mother-to-be, so that you, as a pregnant woman and partner, feel safe and heard in a surrounding that you trust. Our goal is to build a bond and to ensure that you can look back on this special and intimate period with a good feeling.

In September 2016 and March 2020, under the great guidance of Madelon, I became the mother of Jesse and Hugo. I’ve had two completely different pregnancies and deliveries. The first was a happy pregnancy with a delivery which went differently than I had hoped and the second was a less pleasant pregnancy with a smooth home birth, which was what I wanted. I thought it was a very special experience. Being able to experience pregnancy and birth myself has meant that I can empathize even better as a midwife.


Shagenca van Rijsewijk

Midwife and mother of 2

“I am married and mother of Selena (2014) and Lucas (2015). When I was 14, I emigrated from Curaçao to the Netherlands and have lived here ever since.

‘Being a midwife’ has always been my lifelong dream. Graduating and working as a nurse since 2009 was a nice step in between. In 2020 my life dream came true, when I graduated as a midwife at the Midwifery Academy Rotterdam.

In my work, I see myself as a passer-by who has the privilege to come and have a look, guide and support during your ‘life event’ being pregnancy and the transition to parenthood. This is why I provide care in consultation with you. Talking, discussing and deciding together… This so that my care is in line with everyone’s personal situation and needs.

I look forward to meeting you and being a positive contributor to your pregnancy journey!”

Shagenca van Rijsewijk

Caitlin Struikenkamp

Midwife and sonographer

“After my nursing education, I started the obstetrics training in 2011, which I completed in 2015. In addition to my work as a midwife, I completed my ultrasound training in 2018.


Since 2018 I have enjoyed working as a midwife and ultrasound technician at Midwifery Practice ‘’Vol Verwachting’’. The profession has interested me from an early age. I think it is very special to be able to guide future parents in a personal way during the entire process of pregnancy. I also think it is important that both parents ‘to-be’  feel welcome. I strive to provide a professional yet comfortable, trusted and safe environment in which your wishes are central. I look forward to accompanying you on this special journey.”

Caitlin Struikenkamp

More information

We look forward to meeting you to see if we are the right midwifery practice for you. Make an appointment here for a free consultation or contact us. If you would like to learn more about our approach and our locations, please click here.