To study risk selection in maternal and newborn care from different perspectives – historical, conceptual and practical – with the aim of providing the evidence base necessary to optimise risk selection in maternal and newborn care in the Netherlands.
How does risk selection work in theory and in the practice of maternal and newborn care?
Risk selection is a key characteristic of the Dutch maternal and newborn health care system. This system has been called in into question. Risk selection in Dutch maternal and newborn care is little understood and there are insufficient tools to evaluate and optimise risk selection. As such, midwives and obstetricians are making fundamental changes to their practice predominantly based on experience. We aim to provide the evidence base necessary to optimise risk selection in maternal and newborn care in the Netherlands.