Transition to Practice for Newly Qualified Midwives in the Netherlands

  • Esther Feijen-de Jong
  • Liesbeth KoolEmail author


In the Netherlands newly qualified midwives (NQM) have to work in practice, without formal mentorship and support. Midwives are fully qualified, autonomous medical professionals when they complete their bachelor’s degree. Dutch NQM depends on informal support systems, mostly provided by colleagues and peers. NQMs seem to initiate informal support by themselves. For primary care NQMs, colleagues are sometimes employers and therefore not always safe for deliberating their questions.


Dutch NQMs Midwifery-led care Legislation Autonomy Informal support Colleagues Peers 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Amsterdam University Medical Center, Free University Amsterdam, Department of Midwifery Science, Amsterdam Public Health Research InstituteAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.AVAG Amsterdam Groningen Midwifery AcademyAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  3. 3.University of Groningen, University Medical Center Groningen, Department of General Practice and Elderly Care MedicineGroningenThe Netherlands

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