Country Coordinators

Jonge Ank De

I am a midwife and associate professor and the coordinator of the Department of Midwifery Science, AVAG/ EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research, VU university medical center, Amsterdam. I qualified as a nurse in the Netherlands in 1989 and as a midwife in East Anglia, U.K. in 1994. From 1995 to 1998 I worked as a community midwife and midwife tutor in Nigeria. I did a Master in Public Health in Edinburgh from 1998-2000, while I worked as a midwife in Edinburgh and Livingstone. Since 2000, I have been working as a primary care midwife in the Netherlands. From 2003 to 2006 I worked at the Dutch Organisation of Midwives (KNOV) at the department of guideline development. In 2003 I also started a PhD programme at Women Studies Medicine, Department of General Practice, Radboud UMC in Nijmegen. From 2006 to 2009 I worked as a midwife researcher at TNO Institute for Applied Research in Leiden. Since 1 May 2009 I work at the Department of Midwifery Science and since 2010 at midwifery practice Vondelpark in Amsterdam.

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.

Survey update

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.