Integrale verloskunde gehinderd door het verleden?

Translated title of the contribution: Integral obstetrics impeded by history?: Midwives and gynaecologists through the ages

N van der Lee, F Scheele

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There is a long and complicated history concerning the interprofessional collaboration between midwives and gynaecologists, which is still evident in current practice. Yet, in the analysis of collaborative problems, history and its lessons are often overlooked. Consequently, less effective solutions to problems may be found, because the root cause of a problem is not addressed. In this historical perspective we show how policies of the respective professions have often focused on self-preservation and competition, rather than on effective collaboration. We also highlight how the independent midwives lost and regained authorisation, status and income. Finally, using a theoretical model for interprofessional collaboration, we reflect on where history impedes the development of integral obstetrics. The focus must be averted away from professional self-interest and power struggles, but this proves to be a complex exercise.

Translated title of the contributionIntegral obstetrics impeded by history?: Midwives and gynaecologists through the ages
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)D621
JournalNederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde
Issue number0
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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