Inventarisation of (interventions in) protocols that optimize a normal birth process in Europe

Geplaatst op

Around 4.7 million European women experience childbirth annually. There are significant cross-EU differences in maternity care cultures, philosophies, organization, uptake, and outcomes. The wide diversity of practices in Europe raises questions about the appropriate level of intervention during childbirth.

Striking the right balance in terms of intervention in the normal birth process between what best evidence suggests is medically beneficial and what effectively is ritualised practice as well ascertaining what women want is problematic. Even the definition of normal birth and defining what may be accepted as intervention poses a not insignificant challenge.

In this study we aim to compare protocols between 21 European Countries. The focus of our comparison will be the interventions described in protocols that optimize a normal birth process as well as the proposed use of interventions that are potentially harmful to optimize the birth process.

Doel

To advance scientific knowledge about ways of improving maternity care provision and outcomes for mothers, babies and families across Europe.

Vraagstelling/hypothese

Which evidence based interventions aimed at the promotion of normal birth are incorporated in national or widely used protocols in Europe.

Relevantie

The wide diversity of practices in Europe raises questions about the appropriate level of intervention during childbirth. It is important to gain insight in determinants that might influence the balance of interventions in the normal birth process that are medically beneficial and those that are ritualized and potential harmful for pregnant women.

Begeleider(s)

Dr. Marlies Rijnders, TNO Child Health

Uitvoerder(s)

Doug Cronie Msc, Lucas Ziekenhuis Amsterdam Dr. Marlies Rijnders, TNO Child Health

Partners

21 EU partners collaborating in the Cost action IS0907: Childbirth Cultures, Concerns, and Consequences: Creating a dynamic EU framework for optimal maternity care

Contactpersonen

D. Cronie MSc

Periode

december 2013 – december 2015



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