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'
  • Normal Labour & Birth
  • Scottish Woman Held Maternity Record (SWHMR)
  • 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
  • Home birth - a means to an end or an end in itself?
  • Women's traumatic childbirth experiences
  • Midwifery-led care: A mixed-methods synthesis
  • When your dream job can become a nightmare: reports of work-related traumatic events.
  • Black Mirror: Midwifery practice and education in Antwerp: forecasting its future with scenario planning
  • PATH PerinatAl menTal Health.
  • Validity and accuracy of the Whooley questions and Fear of Childbirth Scale to identify antenatal reduced emotional wellbeing.
  • Psychological health of pregnant and postpartum women before and during the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Validity and accuracy of the Whooley questions and Fear of Childbirth Scale to identify antenatal reduced emotional wellbeing
  • PATH- Perinatal mentAl HealTH: study protocol
  • On cloud 9? Maternal emotional wellbeing 6 weeks to 1 year postpartum. A cross-sectional study in Flanders
  • Perceptions of midwives on their role in transition to parenthood – A Q-methodology study.
  • Woman-centred care - mission impossible or catch 22?
  • ‘ISeeYou’: A woman-centred care education and research project in Dutch bachelor midwifery education.
  • 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.
  • Non-medical prescribing behaviour in midwifery practice: a mixed-methods review.
  • 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
  • Listening to the voices of women with a traumatic birth experience – an animation “She will always remember”.
  • Woman-centred care 2.0
  • MEtoWE
  • 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
  • Shared-decision making about place of birth
  • Advancing the concept of woman- centred care
  • Looking over the neighbour’s fence - to learn about woman-centred care from other professions
  • A Dutch midwifery research agenda
  • Midwives’ perceptions of influences on their behaviour of woman-centred care
  • Applying Intervention Mapping as a framework for developing an intervention to prevent maternal distress among Dutch pregnant women
  • Factors influencing maternal distress among Dutch women with a healthy pregnancy
  • 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
  • Antenatal interventions to prevent or treat maternal distress: A systematic review of Randomized Controlled Trials
  • 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
  • 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
  • Registered midwife
  • NMC registration 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

 

Date


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Validation of the postpartum bonding questionnaire: A cross-sectional study among Flemish mothers

Journal Article
Bleijenbergh, R., Van den Branden, L., van Gils, Y., Van de Craen, N., Van Leugenhaege, L., & Kuipers, Y. J. (2022)
Validation of the postpartum bonding questionnaire: A cross-sectional study among Flemish mothers. Midwifery, 107, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2022.103280
Objective: Becoming a mother is a process of transition that is subject to constant change and may last for over one year postpartum. Bonding is an important component of this...

Midwifery Practice and Education in Antwerp: Forecasting Its Future With Scenario Planning

Journal Article
Bleijenbergh, R., Mestdagh, E., & Kuipers, Y. J. (2022)
Midwifery Practice and Education in Antwerp: Forecasting Its Future With Scenario Planning. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 53(1), 21-29. https://doi.org/10.3928/00220124-20211210-07
Background: Midwifery across the world is facing changes and uncertainties. By recognizing plausible future options, a contemporary and strategic scope of midwifery practice a...

Flemish midwives’ perspectives on supporting women during the transition to motherhood – A Q-methodology study

Journal Article
Van den Branden, L., Van de Craen, N., Van Leugenhaege, L., Mestdagh, E., Timmermans, O., Van Rompaey, B., & Kuipers, Y. J. (2022)
Flemish midwives’ perspectives on supporting women during the transition to motherhood – A Q-methodology study. Midwifery, 105, Article 103213. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2021.103213
Objective In this study we aimed to reveal midwives’ distinct perspectives about midwifery support of women in their transition process during the continuum from pregnancy to ...

Policy, service, and training provision for women following a traumatic birth: an international knowledge mapping exercise

Journal Article
Thomson, G., Diop, M. Q., Stuijfzand, S., Horsch, A., Lalor, J. G., de Abreu, W., …COST After birth Consortium. (2021)
Policy, service, and training provision for women following a traumatic birth: an international knowledge mapping exercise. BMC Health Services Research, 21(1), https://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-021-07238-x
Background: High numbers of women experience a traumatic birth, which can lead to childbirth-related post-traumatic stress disorder (CB-PTSD) onset, and negative and pervasive...

PATH- Perinatal mentAl HealTH: study protocol

Presentation / Conference
Kuipers, Y. (2021, September)
PATH- Perinatal mentAl HealTH: study protocol. Paper presented at 41st Annual SRIP Conference, Society for Reproductive and Infant Psychology, Online

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

Presentation / Conference
Kuipers, Y. (2021, September)
Validity and accuracy of the Whooley questions and Fear of Childbirth Scale to identify antenatal reduced emotional wellbeing. Paper presented at 41st Annual SRIP Conference, Society for Reproductive and Infant Psychology, Online
Background: Because of the considerable prevalences of reduced antenatal emotional wellbeing including depression, general anxiety and childbirth-related anxiety, and apprecia...

The impact of motherhood on the course of women's psychological wellbeing

Journal Article
Kuipers, Y. J., Beeck, E. V., Cijsouw, A., & van Gils, Y. (2021)
The impact of motherhood on the course of women's psychological wellbeing. Journal of Affective Disorders Reports, 6, 100216. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadr.2021.100216
Background Having children or being childless is associated with differences in women's psychological wellbeing during the reproductive age period. Methods An individually ma...

The experiential knowledge of migrant women about vulnerability during pregnancy: A woman-centred mixed-methods study

Journal Article
(Fontein)Kuipers, Y. J., & Mestdagh, E. (2022)
The experiential knowledge of migrant women about vulnerability during pregnancy: A woman-centred mixed-methods study. Women and Birth, 35(1), 70-79. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wombi.2021.03.004
Problem: Within maternity care policies and practice, pregnant migrant women are regarded as a vulnerable population. Background: Women’s experiential knowledge is a key elem...

A Pre–Post Study Design: Evaluating the Effect of an Intervention to Prevent and Reduce Maternal Distress Among a Pregnant Population

Book
Kuipers, Y. (2020)
A Pre–Post Study Design: Evaluating the Effect of an Intervention to Prevent and Reduce Maternal Distress Among a Pregnant Population. SAGE Publications. https://doi.org/10.4135/9781529713985
It is well known that pregnant women can suffer from maternal distress. Effective interventions can contribute to optimize antenatal maternal emotional wellbeing. A carefully ...

Effectiveness of a guided ACT-based self-help resilience training for depressive symptoms during pregnancy: Study protocol of a randomized controlled trial embedded in a prospective cohort

Journal Article
Witteveen, A. B., Henrichs, J., Walker, A. L., Bohlmeijer, E. T., Burger, H., Fontein-Kuipers, Y., …de Jonge, A. (2020)
Effectiveness of a guided ACT-based self-help resilience training for depressive symptoms during pregnancy: Study protocol of a randomized controlled trial embedded in a prospective cohort. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 20(1), https://doi.org/10.1186/s12884-020-03395-9
Background During pregnancy, about 10 to 20% of women experience depressive symptoms. Subclinical depression increases the risk of peripartum depression, maternal neuro-endocr...

Pre-Napier Funded Projects

  • eMind - eMidwifery, occupational therapy & Nursing Digitalisation
  • SwAP to Care
  • PATH - PerinAtal MenTal Health
  • ENSURE - Everybody counts
  • What's Up Mama
  • Virtual Relief
  • Midwives4Mothers Woman-midwife relationships can save lives
  • SHIFT - Sexual Health In the over FourTy-fives, with attention for menopause
  • PRIME - Prescribing In MidwifEry
  • MEtoWE - Maternal life balance during transition to parenthood
  • Ups & Downs
  • Transition to parenthood
  • ISeeYou
  • 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
  • Self-efficacy and performance in digital adaptability among nurses and midwives
  • 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
  • Maternal emotional wellbeing during transition to parenthood: the role of midwives during this journey
  • Women's personality, fear of birth and intention associated with intrapartum pain relief
  • Opinions of healthcare practitioners of midwife prescribingnon-medical
  • Prescribing behaviour of midwives
  • Women's experiences of midwife prescribing
  • Validation of the postpartum bonding questionnaire
  • Coping behaviour associated with pregnancy-related anxiety
  • Maternal emotional wellbeing up to one year postpartum
  • Woman-centred care reported by women in different sized practices
  • The value that midwifery students place on the birth stories