PhD defence M.R.C. (Minke) van Minde

Building Bridges Between Perinatal & Preventive Child Healthcare

Prof. dr. E.A.P. Steegers


Prof. dr. H. Raat


Dr. M.L.A. de Kroon

Friday 2 Dec 2022, 10:30 - 12:00
PhD defence
Senate Hall
Erasmus Building
Campus Woudestein
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M.R.C. van Minde will defend her PhD dissertation on Friday 2 December 2022, entitled: ’Building Bridges Between Perinatal & Preventive Child Healthcare‘.


Geographical related health inequalities and inequities are of huge societal concern, especially when it comes to perinatal health and child welfare. Preventive Child Healthcare (PCHC) in the Netherlands has a unique opportunity to address vulnerable families. In this thesis the aim was to design, implement and study the effectiveness of a postnatal risk assessment in PCHC, as well as to study handover from obstetric care to PCHC and finally, to reduce child growth and developmental problems, particularly in families with a low socio-economic status.

In part 1, we studied the associations between living in a deprived neighborhoods and social indicators of child wellbeing, the way in which screening for non-medical risk factors in PCHC
prior to the study with the postnatal risk assessment, the postnatal R4U, was carried out, and the handover between obstetric care and PCHC.

Part 2 entails the design of the postnatal risk assessment, the postnatal R4U, and the design of the postnatal risk assessment study, where the postnatal R4U was implemented and its
effectiveness was studied.

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The public defence will begin exactly at 10.30 hrs. The doors will be closed once the public defence starts, latecomers may be able to watch on the screen outside. There is no possibility of entrance during the first part of the ceremony. Due to the solemn nature of the ceremony, we recommend that you do not take children under the age of 6 to the first part of the ceremony.

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