Yvonne Kuipers
yvonne kuipers

Prof Yvonne Kuipers

Professor

Biography

Yvonne Kuipers is a Professor of Midwifery and has a background that has encompassed a career in women’s reproductive health that spans over 20 years; as an independent midwife in the Netherlands, and teaching and researching women’s reproductive health within universities in the Netherlands, Belgium and Scotland. Yvonne is a honorary professor at the University of Antwerp and she is an NMC Registered Midwife and Lecturer.

Yvonne completed her PhD in 2016 at the University of Maastricht, Netherlands. During the PhD she developed and tested an interactive tailored web-based intervention to prevent and reduce antenatal maternal distress. The intervention was effective and was later successfully adapted for Flanders, Belgium.

Yvonne her research domains include woman-centred care, midwifery models of care and women's emotional well-being throughout the transition period to motherhood. She has been awarded for the ISeeYou project, a woman-centred continuity of carer midwifery student project, for its innovative nature, at the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences ("Wall of fame", 2017). The project was also the price winning research project at the International Normal Labour & Birth Research Conference (2017).

Yvonne Kuipers is a strong advocate for improving the emotional well-being of women during the transition to parenthood and the development of healthy and resilient families through research, publications, education and presenting at conferences.

Esteem

Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Midwifery Unit Network (MUNet)
  • EU COST 18212 Action Perinatal Mental Health and Birth-Related Trauma: maximising best practice and optimal outcomes (DEVoTION)
  • Small-sized and caseload midwifery practices
  • Concerning Maternity Network Group
  • Guideline 'Antenatal care'
  • Scottish Woman Held Maternity Record (SWHMR)
  • Normal Labour & Birth
  • Interprofessional Learning
  • Guideline 'Delayed first and second stage of labour'
  • Local protocol development

 

Conference Organising Activity

  • Online seminar woman-centred care
  • CARE4 International Scientific Nursing and Midwifery Congress

 

Editorial Activity

  • Associate Editor Woman and Birth
  • Midwifery Units Standards
  • Kennispoort
  • Lancet Midwifery Series

 

External Examining/Validations

  • Walking the path. Creating a framework for midwifery ethics in the United States.
  • Getting the picture. Understanding the role of third trimester routine ultrasounds in maternal anxiety and bonding

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • The-all-you-need-to-know-about-continuity-of-carer-newsletter

 

Grant Funding Panel Member

  • ZonMW

 

Grant Reviewer

  • Swiss National Science Foundation

 

Invited Speaker

  • Perceived reality and subjective importance of shared decision-making during perinatal care
  • Psychological health of pregnant and postpartum women before and during the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Women's traumatic childbirth experiences
  • Home birth - a means to an end or an end in itself?
  • Midwifery-led care: A mixed-methods synthesis
  • When your dream job can become a nightmare: reports of work-related traumatic events.
  • PATH PerinatAl menTal Health.
  • Validity and accuracy of the Whooley questions and Fear of Childbirth Scale to identify antenatal reduced emotional wellbeing.
  • Black Mirror: Midwifery practice and education in Antwerp: forecasting its future with scenario planning
  • PATH- Perinatal mentAl HealTH: study protocol
  • Validity and accuracy of the Whooley questions and Fear of Childbirth Scale to identify antenatal reduced emotional wellbeing
  • Perceptions of midwives on their role in transition to parenthood – A Q-methodology study.
  • Woman-centred care - mission impossible or catch 22?
  • On cloud 9? Maternal emotional wellbeing 6 weeks to 1 year postpartum. A cross-sectional study in Flanders
  • PRIME-study – Prescribing In Midwifery, women’s and midwives’ Experiences
  • Non-medical prescribing behaviour in midwifery practice: a mixed-methods review.
  • Dutch midwives’ views on and experiences with woman-centred care – A Q- methodology study
  • Dutch midwives’ views on and experiences with woman-centred care – A Q- methodology study
  • ISeeYou project
  • Woman-centred care 2.0
  • MEtoWE
  • Listening to the voices of women with a traumatic birth experience – an animation “She will always remember”.
  • ‘ISeeYou’: A woman-centred care education and research project in Dutch bachelor midwifery education.
  • Non-medical prescribing behaviour in midwifery practice: a mixed-methods review.
  • Listening to the voices of women with a traumatic birth experience
  • Non-medical prescribing behaviour in midwifery practice: a mixed-methods review.
  • It takes a village to raise a child. PATH project.
  • Conflicting values experienced by Dutch midwives – Dilemmas of loyalty, responsibility and selfhood.
  • Woman-centered care 2.0.: Bringing the concept into focus
  • Shared-decision making about place of birth
  • Advancing the concept of woman- centred care
  • Shared-decision making about place of birth
  • Midwives’ perceptions of influences on their behaviour of woman-centred care
  • Looking over the neighbour’s fence - to learn about woman-centred care from other professions
  • A Dutch midwifery research agenda
  • Factors influencing maternal distress among Dutch women with a healthy pregnancy
  • Applying Intervention Mapping as a framework for developing an intervention to prevent maternal distress among Dutch pregnant women
  • Dutch midwives’ behavioural intentions of antenatal management of maternal distress and factors influencing these intentions: an exploratory survey
  • Dutch midwives’ behavioural intentions of antenatal management of maternal distress and factors influencing these intentions: an exploratory survey
  • Public Health in midwife-led care: Opportunities, challenges and dilemmas in antenatal management of care for Maternal Distress
  • Maternal Distress - What do midwives do?
  • Primary & secondary preventive interventions for maternal distress
  • Maternal distress- What do midwives do and what motives do they have? A two-phased exploratory study
  • Antenatal interventions to prevent or treat maternal distress: A systematic review of Randomized Controlled Trials
  • Less is more

 

Media Activity

  • Women's voices about their traumatic birth experience
  • Governmental hostage of pregnant women
  • Induction of Labour BBC radio 2

 

Membership of Professional Body

  • Fellow Higher Education Academy
  • NMC registration Midwife
  • Registered midwife

 

Non-executive Directorship

  • WazzUp Mama Consultancy

 

Public/Community Engagement

  • Mind the Gap

 

Reviewing

  • Reviewer ENU Research Culture Fund 23/24
  • Reviewer journals

 

Spin-outs and Licences

  • WazzUp Mama

 

Visiting Positions

  • Academic House NHS Lothian
  • Professor of Midwifery
  • Honorary Senior Fellow

 

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Psychological health of pregnant and postpartum women before and during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Journal Article
Kuipers, Y. J., Bleijenbergh, R., Van den Branden, L., van Gils, Y., Rimaux, S., Brosens, C., …Mestdagh, E. (2022)
Psychological health of pregnant and postpartum women before and during the COVID-19 Pandemic. PLOS ONE, 17(4), Article e0267042. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0267042
Background: The COVID-19 pandemic is likely to influence psychological health of pregnant and postpartum women. Methods: We conducted a non-concurrent cross-sectional study a...

Developing a woman‐centered, inclusive definition of traumatic childbirth experiences: A discussion paper

Journal Article
Leinweber, J., Fontein‐Kuipers, Y., Thomson, G., Karlsdottir, S. I., Nilsson, C., Ekström‐Bergström, A., …Stramrood, C. (2022)
Developing a woman‐centered, inclusive definition of traumatic childbirth experiences: A discussion paper. Birth, 49(4), 687-696. https://doi.org/10.1111/birt.12634
Introduction: Many women experience giving birth as traumatic. Although women's subjective experiences of trauma are considered the most important, currently there is no clear...

When your dream job can become a nightmare: reports of work-related traumatic events

Presentation / Conference
Kuipers, Y. (2022, March)
When your dream job can become a nightmare: reports of work-related traumatic events. Paper presented at Vormingsdag VBOV, Antwerp, Belgium
INTRODUCTION There is limited evidence of the effect and impact on midwives of being involved or witnessing traumatic work-related events. We categorised midwives’ selfreport...

Review of Mobile Apps for Women With Anxiety in Pregnancy: Maternity Care Professionals’ Guide to Locating and Assessing Anxiety Apps

Journal Article
Evans, K., Donelan, J., Rennick-Egglestone, S., Cox, S., & Kuipers, Y. (2022)
Review of Mobile Apps for Women With Anxiety in Pregnancy: Maternity Care Professionals’ Guide to Locating and Assessing Anxiety Apps. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 24(3), https://doi.org/10.2196/31831
Background: Mental health and pregnancy apps are widely available and have the potential to improve health outcomes and enhance women’s experience of pregnancy. Women frequent...

Exploring the uses of virtues in woman‐centred care: A quest, synthesis and reflection

Journal Article
Kuipers, Y. J. (2022)
Exploring the uses of virtues in woman‐centred care: A quest, synthesis and reflection. Nursing Philosophy, 23(2), Article e12380. https://doi.org/10.1111/nup.12380
Woman‐centred care is a philosophy authentic to the midwifery profession, scaffolding and preceding the capacity and utility of woman‐centred care in daily practice. Through p...

Predictors associated with low-risk women's pre-labour intention for intrapartum pain relief: a cross-sectional study

Journal Article
Kuipers, Y. J., & van Beeck, E. (2022)
Predictors associated with low-risk women's pre-labour intention for intrapartum pain relief: a cross-sectional study. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 4, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijnsa.2022.100070
Background: Pregnant women have preferences about how they intend to manage labour pain. Unmet intentions can result in negative emotions and/or birth experiences. Objectiv...

Remotely Delivered Interventions to Support Women With Symptoms of Anxiety in Pregnancy: Mixed Methods Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

Journal Article
Evans, K., Rennick-Egglestone, S., Cox, S., Kuipers, Y., & Spiby, H. (2022)
Remotely Delivered Interventions to Support Women With Symptoms of Anxiety in Pregnancy: Mixed Methods Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 24(2), https://doi.org/10.2196/28093
Background: Symptoms of anxiety are common in pregnancy, with severe symptoms associated with negative outcomes for women and babies. Low-level psychological therapy is recomm...

Validity and accuracy of the Whooley questions and Fear of Childbirth Scale to identify antenatal reduced emotional wellbeing

Presentation / Conference
Kuipers, Y. (2022, February)
Validity and accuracy of the Whooley questions and Fear of Childbirth Scale to identify antenatal reduced emotional wellbeing. Paper presented at CARE 4 International Scientific Nursing and Midwifery Conference, Ghent, Belgium [Online]
Background: Because of the considerable prevalences of reduced antenatal emotional wellbeing including depression, general anxiety and childbirth-related anxiety, and apprecia...

Antwerp's 'Black mirror' of midwifery practice and education: forecasting the future

Presentation / Conference
Kuipers, Y., Bleijenbergh, R., & Mestdagh, E. (2022, February)
Antwerp's 'Black mirror' of midwifery practice and education: forecasting the future. Paper presented at CARE4: International Scientific Nursing and Midwifery Conference, Online
Background: Obstetrics and midwifery are changing rapidly due to maternal demographic evolutions, risk-management, policy changes and medical-technological developments. Witho...

PATH PerinatAl menTal Health

Presentation / Conference
Kuipers, Y. (2022, February)
PATH PerinatAl menTal Health. Paper presented at CARE 4 International Scientific Nursing and Midwifery Conference, Ghent, Belgium [Online]

Pre-Napier Funded Projects

  • eMind - eMidwifery, occupational therapy & Nursing Digitalisation
  • SwAP to Care
  • Virtual Relief
  • PATH - PerinAtal MenTal Health
  • ENSURE - Everybody counts
  • What's Up Mama
  • Midwives4Mothers Woman-midwife relationships can save lives
  • SHIFT - Sexual Health In the over FourTy-fives, with attention for menopause
  • MEtoWE - Maternal life balance during transition to parenthood
  • PRIME - Prescribing In MidwifEry
  • Transition to parenthood
  • ISeeYou
  • Ups & Downs
  • Woman-centred care
  • Promoting Healthy Pregnancy – WazzUp Mama?!

Non-Napier PhD or MSc by Research supervisions

  • Depressive symptoms and self and social stigma of partners of pregnant and postpartum women
  • PPD and the level of depression literacy and personal and perceived stigma among postpartum women
  • Mother knows best - Being a mother in your own right and perceptions
  • Depression-related stigma and depression literacy among postpartum women in the Netherlands
  • The needs, barriers and facilitators reported by midwives and nurses on eHealth usage
  • The effect of Virtual Reality during labour on pharmacological pain relief
  • Barriers and facilitators to implement a Midwifery Model of Care in Flanders
  • eMind: Digitial adaptability of midwives and nurses in Flanders - closing the gap
  • The effect of Virtual Reality during labour on women's pain perception
  • Self-efficacy and performance in digital adaptability among nurses and midwives
  • Maternal emotional wellbeing during transition to parenthood: the role of midwives during this journey
  • Opinions of healthcare practitioners of midwife prescribingnon-medical
  • Women's personality, fear of birth and intention associated with intrapartum pain relief
  • Women's experiences of midwife prescribing
  • Prescribing behaviour of midwives
  • Maternal emotional wellbeing up to one year postpartum
  • Woman-centred care reported by women in different sized practices
  • Validation of the postpartum bonding questionnaire
  • Coping behaviour associated with pregnancy-related anxiety
  • The value that midwifery students place on the birth stories