Project: Vulnerable pregnant women throughout Europe: Exchanging knowledge and best practices from midwifery practices throughout Europe to improve quality of midwifery care.

VH 01: Gezondheid: zorg en vitaliteit, VH 10: Ondernemen: verantwoord en vernieuwend
van 1 april 2018 tot 31 maart 2020
Vulnerable pregnant women are an important and complex theme in daily practice of birth care professionals. Vulnerability is an important risk factor for maternal and perinatal mortality and morbidity. Providing care for these women is often complex. First, because it is not always easy to identify vulnerability. Secondly, vulnerable women more often cancel their appointments with midwives and finally, many professionals are involved while they do not always know each other.

Even though professionals are aware of the risks of vulnerability for future mothers and their (unborn) children and the complexity of care for these women, there is no international definition for ‘vulnerable pregnancies’. Therefore, we start this project with defining a mutual definition of vulnerability during pregnancy. In current projects of Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences (RUAS) we define a vulnerable pregnant woman as: a pregnant woman facing psychopathology, psychosocial problems, and/or substance abuse combined with lack of individual and/or social resources (low socioeconomic status, low educational level, limited social network).

In the Netherlands, care for vulnerable pregnant women is fragmented and therefore it is unclear for birth care professionals which interventions are available and effective. Therefore, Dutch midwives are convinced that exchanging knowledge and best practices concerning vulnerable pregnancies between midwifery practices throughout Europe could enhance their knowledge and provide midwives (SMB partners in this project) with tools to improve care for vulnerable pregnant women.

The aim of this project is to exchange knowledge and best practices concerning vulnerable pregnancies between midwifery practices in several European countries, in order to improve knowledge and skills of midwives.

As a result, guidelines will be developed in order to exchange selected best practices which enable midwives to implement this knowledge in their own context. This contributes to improving care for vulnerable pregnant women throughout Europe.


  • Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen
  • Artevelde Hogeschool
  • Erasmus Medisch Centrum
  • Koninklijke Nederlandse Organisatie van Verpleegkundigen (KNOV)
  • Lisbon School of Nursing - ESEL
  • MeM verloskundigen B.V.
  • Politechnika Koszalińska
  • Turku University of Applied Sciences
  • University of Milan Bicocca
  • Verloskundige Praktijk de Singel
  • Verloskundige Praktijk Een Goed Begin
  • Verloskundigen Praktijk Charlois B.V.
  • Verloskundigenpraktijk "Lucina"
  • Verloskundigenpraktijk Lize Verbaas

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