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Catja  Warmelink

J. Catja Warmelink ( is a postdoc researcher at Amsterdam UMC| Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam| Verloskundige Wetenschap |Department of Midwifery Science AVAG|Amsterdam Public Health Research Institute.

Mission and vision Midwifery Science

At the Department of Midwifery Science, we conduct research into the content and quality of midwifery care. The findings can be used to improve midwifery care so that women and their families can make well informed choices that are most appropriate for them in the situation they are in. Our research is based on the premise that pregnancy and birth are physiological events and that medical interventions should only be advised if they are beneficial for mother or child. 

Research topics

  • The organisation of midwifery care in the Netherlands.
  • Antenatal care in transition from fertility treatment to parenthood
  • Empowerment of pregnant women and their caregivers
  • Perinatal psychology

PhD thesis

The organisation of midwifery care in the Netherlands (2017) VU Amsterdam.

Short biography 

Catja Warmelink (1963) earned her university Master’s degree in development psychology at the university of Groningen in 1988. She worked as a researcher/trainer at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen (1989 – 2000) and as coordinator at Humanitas Groningen (2000-2005). Since 2004,  she is senior lecturer, supervisor/coach and psychologist at the Midwifery Academy Amsterdam-Groningen in Groningen, The Netherlands. Catja won the Inholland  Research award in 2011 and was finalist of the Wij inholland award 2016. She earned her Ph. D. in Medicine at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in 2017.