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Midwifery Practice and Education in Antwerp: Forecasting Its Future With Scenario Planning

Bleijenbergh, Roxanne; Mestdagh, Eveline; Kuipers, Yvonne J.


Roxanne Bleijenbergh

Eveline Mestdagh


Background: Midwifery across the world is facing changes and uncertainties. By recognizing plausible future options, a contemporary and strategic scope of midwifery practice and education can be established. The city of Antwerp, Belgium, was the indicative case for this study. Key drivers were identified to serve as input for scenarios.

Method: Structuration theory and intuitive logics scenario planning methods were used to structure contextual midwifery scenarios.

Results: Six certain and six uncertain variables were identified. A two dimensional framework showed these factors: (a) maternity care services and organization and (b) the society of childbearing women and their families. Three scenarios described the plausible future of midwifery: (a) midwife-led care monitoring maternal health needs, (b) midwife-led holistic care, and (c) midwife/general practitioner–led integrated maternity care.

Conclusion: All of the scenarios show the direction of change with a strategic focus, the importance of midwifery authenticity, and digital adaptability in maternity services. Also, the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic cannot be ignored in future midwifery

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 30, 2021
Online Publication Date Jan 1, 2022
Publication Date 2022-01
Deposit Date Jan 10, 2022
Publicly Available Date Jan 2, 2023
Journal The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing
Print ISSN 0022-0124
Publisher Slack
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 53
Issue 1
Pages 21-29
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