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.


Country Coordinator



Ank de Jonge

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.



Marlies Rijnders

Marlies Rijnders graduated as a midwife in 1989 and subsequently worked as an independent midwife in the Netherlands for 10 years. In 1999 she started working as a research-midwife at TNO in Leiden, a nationwide institute for applied research. She conducted several research projects in Dutch midwifery care, with a focus on interventions in primary care (f.e. ECV, group antenatal care) that contribute to physiological pregnancy and birth as well as women’s experiences with these interventions.In 2011 she introduced group antenatal care and group youth health care in the Netherlands. She is the Dutch contact for the Institute of CenteringHealthcare in the USA. She conducted feasibility and implementation studies of CenteringPregnancy and CenteringParenting (2012-2016) and is co-project leader of a cluster randomized trial looking at the effects of CenteringPregnancy in the Netherlands (2013-2016).