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Midwifery Research in the Netherlands Gaining Momentum

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Abstract:

During the past 7 years, the Maastricht and Amsterdam/Groningen midwifery schools have worked hard to establish midwifery as a research area. In the Netherlands, there was almost no midwifery research. This article outlines the activities that have taken place as well as the reasons behind the initiatives. A critical analysis was made, looking at the four elements of a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) analysis. In 6 years, midwifery has become an acknowledged and growing area of research. The development and professionalization of midwifery research will contribute to a better understanding of childbirth, helping us to build a model of care that will give women, babies, and their families an optimal childbirth experience.

Keywords: CHILDBIRTH; EDUCATION; MIDWIFERY; RESEARCH

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1891/2156-5287.3.4.195

Publication date: 2013-12-01

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  • The International Journal of Childbirth is a peer-reviewed, quarterly journal publishing original research, reviews, and case studies concerned with the practice of midwifery, women's health, prenatal care, and the birth process. The journal encourages the exploration of the complex and contextual issues surrounding childbirth provision and outcomes and invites manuscripts from a wide range of clinical, theoretical, political, methodological, psychological, public health, policy, and multicultural and interdisciplinary perspectives.
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