CenteringPregnancy for Eritrean pregnant women is an important project for pregnant women who have only been in the Netherlands for a short time and for whom extra support, from other pregnant woman and from a midwife, has great added value

Midwives found that they couldn’t provide proper care to pregnant women coming from Eritrea. That is why, together with TNO, they developed culture-sensitive and group-based Centering care for Eritrean pregnant women.

Eritrean pregnant women often do not (yet) speak Dutch, they still know little about Dutch culture and birth care, and there is a big difference with their own country.. At the same time, it is a very vulnerable group in maternity care: pregnant refugees in the Netherlands run a higher risk of maternal mortality, infant mortality and complications related to pregnancy and birth. It is therefore extra important that these pregnant women seek care in time and know for which complaints they should call the midwife.

Centering midwife Anne Bedaux and co-worker Amy Welde Selase have been providing group obstetric care to Eritrean pregnant women in Amsterdam for several years. All midwives from Amsterdam and the surrounding area can refer the Eritrean women from their practices to Anne and Amy for group care in their own language and culture.

In recent months, the coronavirus has prompted a rapid and successful transition to online meetings. Additional groups have also been set up and women from all over the country are now participating. It does not matter whether they are documented or not. In 2020 the project received the Avicenna price.

In the coming year they will further develop / scale up their methodology and roll it out to other refugee groups / in other countries

In addition, TNO is conducting research into this program. The outcomes of the care of Eritrean pregnant women who only received traditional one-on-one obstetric care are compared with the care of women who also participated in the CP groups.

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