Country Coordinators

Jonge Ank De

A professor in Midwifery Science at Amsterdam University Medical Center/ University Medical Center Groningen/ Midwifery Academy Amsterdam Groningen. She is head of the department of Midwifery Science which is located at these three sites. Research lines at this department are: Quality of midwifery care, Organisation of maternity care, Mental health before, during and after pregnancy and Short and long term consequences of interventions and care during pregnancy and birth.

Ank conducted several studies into the outcomes of primary midwifery care and home birth. She was the project leader of a large randomised trial into the effectiveness of routine ultrasound in the third trimester of pregnancy (IRIS study) and of the INCAS project in which pilots of integrated maternity care have been evaluated. She also led the SWING study in which multidisciplinary intervision was developed.

Currently, she is the project leader of the VOICE study into the variation in the organisation of maternity care and the COMIC project in which building blocks are being developed for the implementation of continuity of carer.

On behalf of the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) she is a member of the WHO Technical Working Group on Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response.

Marianne Nieuwenhuijze RM PhD MPH  

Research Centre for Midwifery Science, Zuyd University, Maastricht, the Netherlands.

Marianne is professor of Midwifery and head of the Research Centre for Midwifery Science, AVM, Zuyd University in Maastricht. Her main research interests are (shared) decision-making in maternity care, health promotion, physiological childbirth and ethics in midwifery. Her PhD was on shared decision-making in maternity care. She also did a post-doc programme on ethics in health care at the Radboud University, Nijmegen.

Marianne has extensive experience in research and education management. She has conducted both qualitative and quantitative studies – also in international context – and has been the project leader of several successful research projects with various sources of funding, including grants.

She is currently technical advisor in several maternity care committees of the World Health Organization. Marianne graduated as a midwife in the Netherlands and did a master in Public Health in Amsterdam. She has worked as a primary care midwife for 20 years before getting involved in education and research.

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Two midwifery students from AVAG in Amsterdam, Rofayda Tagmount and Maria Villamarin, won the prize for the best presentation at the From Birth to Health: Towards Sustainable Childbirth COST Action BIRTH Conference held in Lisbon Sept 17-18, 2018 for their presentation Mothers’ views about care provided during childbirth in the Netherlands: aspects of care valued most and suggestions for improvement.

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Amsterdam Universitair Medische Centra is currently using the data collected through your surveys to write a paper on childbirth during the Covid-19 pandemic. In this paper they compare the childbirth experiences of women who gave birth during Covid-19 and gave birth before Covid-19 in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. More information to follow.