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Fascinated by maternity care from an early age

Hello, I am Adriana, 46 years old and mother of three boys aged twenty-two, twenty and seventeen. I was born in Colombia and adopted when I was six by two very sweet Dutch parents. Around the age of eight, I already knew I wanted to become a maternity nurse later on. 

I got through my mavo education quite well and then moved on to mbo. There, I took a three-year course to become a caregiver IH (verzorgende IG). Although maternity care was part of the curriculum, I started my career in elderly and disabled care.

“When I walk, I listen very intently. Suddenly, all my ancestors are with me. ‘Be still,’ they say. ‘Watch and listen. You are the result of the love of thousands!’”

How I started as a maternity nurse

After my first pregnancy, I decided to stay at home and take care of my child. In the years that followed, two more sweet boys arrived. Only from the age of 30 did I have the time and opportunity to focus on self-development. I then applied to various maternity agencies. That is sixteen years ago now.

I still enjoy going to work each and every day. What I like in particular, is getting to know a family and figuring out what the family members’ needs are in a rather short time. Together, we determine what type of care is needed and, assisted by a midwife or lactation expert, we take the step towards the best possible outcome.


A soft spot for Stichting Babyspullen

Besides my work, I have several hobbies. Those include reading, listening to music, dancing, taking photos, going out with my boys and hiking. Especially the latter, I do on a regular basis. In 2016 and 2018, I participated in and actually finished the entire Nijmegen Four-Day Walk (Nijmeegse vierdaagse). Throughout the year, I walk whenever I have the time.

Both times, I walked not only for myself, but also for a charity that ties in well with my work: Stichting Babyspullen. That organisation makes packages from donated baby products and distributes them to people who are struggling financially. That way, they can provide their children with good products and, of course, a good start.