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Ank de Jonge

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.

Mission

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. 

Vision

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

Organisation of care (place of birth, risk selection, integration of care), quality of midwifery care (birthing positions), optimal use of diagnostic tools and medical interventions (ultrasound, caesarean section, episiotomy) and women's experiences (in particular experienced continuity of care).

Main activities

I am the project leader of a large stepped wedge cluster randomised controlled trial into the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of routine ultrasound in the third trimester of pregnancy in terms of reducing severe adverse perinatal outcomes. I am also the project leader of INCAS (integrated care system) in which pilots of integrated primary and secondary maternity care are evaluated with regard to maternal and neonatal outcomes, experiences of women and professionals and costs.

In 2010 I received a personal grant (VENI) for the project 'Building a model for quality of care for low risk women during labour: the importance of care provider and care setting'. This project involved large cohort studies into the safety of primary care midwifery and home birth and studies into women's experiences with different planned places of birth.

PhD thesis

“Birthing positions revisited. Examining the evidence for a routine practice.” (2008) UMC St Radboud, Nijmegen.

Short biography 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.