Sunday, March 2, 2008

Exploring the possibilities of further developing midwifery research in the Netherlands

On Friday February 29, Royal Dutch Organisation for midwifes (KNOV, see installed its Scientific Committee. I was asked to chair this committee that needs to explore and promote the possibilities for midwifery research in the Netherlands. The members of the committee are mentioned in one of the attached pictures.
The call for a stronger scientific development and underpinning of the profession comes from the professionals and the schools for midwifes, based on a need for evidence-based practice and further innovations in the field. The Scientific Committee has been specifically asked to propose a research agenda, to explore funding possibilities for midwifery research, and to help to establish a scientific network for midwifery research in the Netherlands, that links to international developments in the field.