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How did you experience the birth of your child(ren)?

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This survey is conducted in two languages. Here you can find the same information about this research in Dutch or go directly to the Dutch questionnaire.

What is the name of the study?

The BESt Study: Birth Experience Study.

What do we study ?

The study examines which positive and/or negative experiences pregnant women have experienced during childbirth. It also investigates what the impact of the course of birth on women’s experiences. In Australia, Sweden and Denmark similar data of the BEST study has been conducted, which makes it possible to benchmark the results between those countries.

What is a birth intervention?

A birth medical procedure that can be used to induce labour, strengthen contractions or help the baby be born (cesarean section).

What are valid questionnaires?

Valid questionnaires are questionnaires that have been evaluated so that they can measure the concepts well with the questions asked.

What is the aim of the study?

The study examines the course of mode of birth on women’s experiences, and it’s impact on maternal health.

Why is this study important?

If the impact on maternal health is known, we can can improve existing maternity care and maternity care after childbirth.

What does the study look like?

The study consists of a questionnaire, consisting of several validated measures which measure respect, autonomy, continuity of care, and measure perception of received. The questionnaire also contains items about background data (including age, ethnicity, income), pregnancy (complications), and childbirth (birth interventions).

Who are the researchers?

The study is carried out by:

Project leader: assistant professor Dr Lilian Peters (epidemiologist)

Other involved researchers from Midwifery Science:

  • Assistant professor Dr. Esther Feijen-de Jong (Midwife)
  • Assistant professor Dr. Jens Henrichs (Psychologist)
  • Catja Warmelink (Senior Lecturer at the Amsterdam Midwifery Academy)
  • Caroline Geerts (Senior Lecturer at the Amsterdam Academy of Midwifery)

Who can participate?

If you have given birth in the past 5 years (after May 2017) after a pregnancy of at least 22 weeks in the Netherlands, you can participate. Every experience is important, both the positive and the negative experiences. There are two versions, a Dutch one and an English one. If you are an expat (or know an expat), there is also an English version of our questionnaire, so you can choose which one. You must also have given birth in the Netherlands in the past 5 years to participate in this questionnaire.

What do we expect from participants in this study?

Participants are expected to complete one questionnaire in approximately 30 minutes. We will also raffle a VVV voucher of €25 among the participants.

In what stage is the research at the moment?

The research is still in an early stage, so you can certainly participate and share your experiences with us in the questionnaire.

What has the study shown?

We expect to have the first results end of 2022.

Who can you contact if you have questions or if you want more information?

If you have questions, you can contact the research team via  beststudie@umcg.nl

Want to participate?

You can find here the Dutch questionnaire and the English questionnaire!