Projects

I am currently working on three projects:

  • Regional Obstetric Variations Study. The aim of this study is to describe regional variations in the use of obstetric interventions and the process of care during childbirth among women in midwife- or obstetrician-led care who gave birth to a single child from 37 weeks gestation onwards in the Netherlands from 2010 to 2013. This will result in two publications: In the first publication we will describe regional variations for obstetric interventions, such as induction, augmentation, pharmacological pain relief, instrumental delivery and caesarean section. In the second publication we will describe regional variations for the process of care and the use of interventions which occur in either obstetrician-led as in midwife-led care, such as rates of women in midwife-led care, place of birth, transfer to obstetrician-led care, artificial rupture of membranes, episiotomy and oxytocin use postpartum.

 

  • International Obstetric Variations Study. The aim of this study is to describe international variations between European and non-European countries, for obstetric interventions and adverse outcomes among low- and high-risk women who gave birth to a single child from 37 weeks gestation onwards.

 

  • Qualitatve Study on Opinions of Careproviders. The aim of this study is to describe what the opinions and considerations of careproviders are on the use of episiotomy and on perineal suture techniques in midwifery and obstetric practices. For this study, careproviders from both primary and secondary care will be interviewed.