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Psychological health of pregnant and postpartum women before and during the COVID-19 Pandemic (2022)
Presentation / Conference
Kuipers, Y., & Mestdagh, E. (2022, May). Psychological health of pregnant and postpartum women before and during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Paper presented at NJF Congress 2022, Helsinki, Finland

Background The COVID-19 pandemic is likely to influence psychological health of pregnant and postpartum women. Methods We conducted a non-concurrent cross-sectional study among 1145 women living in the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium, 541 pregnan... Read More about Psychological health of pregnant and postpartum women before and during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The social conception of space of birth narrated by women with negative and traumatic birth experiences (2022)
Journal Article
Kuipers, Y. J., Thomson, G., Goberna-Tricas, J., Zurera, A., Hresanová, E., Temesgenová, N., …Leinweber, J. (in press). The social conception of space of birth narrated by women with negative and traumatic birth experiences. Women and Birth, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wombi.2022.04.013

Background: Many women experience giving birth as a negative or even as a traumatic event. Birth space and its occupants are fundamentally interconnected with negative and traumatic experiences, highlighting the importance of the social space of birt... Read More about The social conception of space of birth narrated by women with negative and traumatic birth experiences.

Midwifery-led care: A single mixed-methods synthesis (2022)
Journal Article
Kuipers, Y., Degraeve, J., Bosmans, V., Thaels, E., & Mestdagh, E. (in press). Midwifery-led care: A single mixed-methods synthesis. International Journal of Healthcare Management, https://doi.org/10.1080/20479700.2022.2070824

Background: Midwifery Led Care (MLC) has shown to be beneficial for women and for midwives. The implementation of MLC remains challenging. Objective: To explore the utility of MLC and midwives' behavioural determinants. Methods: A systematic... Read More about Midwifery-led care: A single mixed-methods synthesis.

The intervening effect of the What Being the Parent of a New Baby is Like-Revised questionnaire on maternal affect (2022)
Journal Article
Van Beeck, E., Pridham, K. F., & Kuipers, Y. (in press). The intervening effect of the What Being the Parent of a New Baby is Like-Revised questionnaire on maternal affect. Research Ethics, https://doi.org/10.1177/17470161221094929

The 'What Being the Parent of a New Baby is Like-Revised' (WPL-R) is an instrument designed to measure adaptation to parenthood. In the process of pilot testing and validating the WPL-R in a postpartum Dutch population, we became aware of the potenti... Read More about The intervening effect of the What Being the Parent of a New Baby is Like-Revised questionnaire on maternal affect.

Psychological health of pregnant and postpartum women before and during the COVID-19 Pandemic (2022)
Journal Article
Kuipers, Y. J., Bleijenbergh, R., Van den Branden, L., van Gils, Y., Rimaux, S., Brosens, C., …Mestdagh, E. (2022). Psychological health of pregnant and postpartum women before and during the COVID-19 Pandemic. PLOS ONE, 17(4), Article e0267042. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0267042

Background: The COVID-19 pandemic is likely to influence psychological health of pregnant and postpartum women. Methods: We conducted a non-concurrent cross-sectional study among 1145 women living in the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium, 541 pregnan... Read More about Psychological health of pregnant and postpartum women before and during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Developing a woman‐centered, inclusive definition of traumatic childbirth experiences: A discussion paper (2022)
Journal Article
Leinweber, J., Fontein‐Kuipers, Y., Thomson, G., Karlsdottir, S. I., Nilsson, C., Ekström‐Bergström, A., …Stramrood, C. (in press). Developing a woman‐centered, inclusive definition of traumatic childbirth experiences: A discussion paper. Birth, https://doi.org/10.1111/birt.12634

Introduction: Many women experience giving birth as traumatic. Although women's subjective experiences of trauma are considered the most important, currently there is no clear inclusive definition of a traumatic birth to help guide practice, educatio... Read More about Developing a woman‐centered, inclusive definition of traumatic childbirth experiences: A discussion paper.

When your dream job can become a nightmare: reports of work-related traumatic events (2022)
Presentation / Conference
Kuipers, Y. (2022, March). When your dream job can become a nightmare: reports of work-related traumatic events. Paper presented at Vormingsdag VBOV, Antwerp, Belgium

INTRODUCTION There is limited evidence of the effect and impact on midwives of being involved or witnessing traumatic work-related events. We categorised midwives’ selfreported traumatic work-related events and responses to an event and explored the... Read More about When your dream job can become a nightmare: reports of work-related traumatic events.

Severe Mental Illness and Pregnancy Outcomes in Australia. A Population-Based Study of 595 792 Singleton Births 2009-2016 (2022)
Journal Article
Edvardsson, K., Hughes, E., Copnell, B., Mogren, I., Vicendese, D., & Gray, R. (2022). Severe Mental Illness and Pregnancy Outcomes in Australia. A Population-Based Study of 595 792 Singleton Births 2009-2016. PLOS ONE, 17(2), https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0264512

Background Women with Severe Mental Illness (SMI) may have more complex pregnancies and pregnancy outcomes that require different care and management, but this has not been extensively studied. The aim of this study was to explore associations betwe... Read More about Severe Mental Illness and Pregnancy Outcomes in Australia. A Population-Based Study of 595 792 Singleton Births 2009-2016.

Predictors associated with low-risk women's pre-labour intention for intrapartum pain relief: a cross-sectional study (2022)
Journal Article
Kuipers, Y. J., & van Beeck, E. (2022). Predictors associated with low-risk women's pre-labour intention for intrapartum pain relief: a cross-sectional study. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 4, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijnsa.2022.100070

Background: Pregnant women have preferences about how they intend to manage labour pain. Unmet intentions can result in negative emotions and/or birth experiences. Objective: To examine the antenatal level of intention for intrapartum pain relie... Read More about Predictors associated with low-risk women's pre-labour intention for intrapartum pain relief: a cross-sectional study.

Remotely Delivered Interventions to Support Women With Symptoms of Anxiety in Pregnancy: Mixed Methods Systematic Review and Meta-analysis (2022)
Journal Article
Evans, K., Rennick-Egglestone, S., Cox, S., Kuipers, Y., & Spiby, H. (2022). Remotely Delivered Interventions to Support Women With Symptoms of Anxiety in Pregnancy: Mixed Methods Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 24(2), https://doi.org/10.2196/28093

Background: Symptoms of anxiety are common in pregnancy, with severe symptoms associated with negative outcomes for women and babies. Low-level psychological therapy is recommended for women with mild to moderate anxiety, with the aim of preventing a... Read More about Remotely Delivered Interventions to Support Women With Symptoms of Anxiety in Pregnancy: Mixed Methods Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.

Validity and accuracy of the Whooley questions and Fear of Childbirth Scale to identify antenatal reduced emotional wellbeing (2022)
Presentation / Conference
Kuipers, Y. (2022, February). Validity and accuracy of the Whooley questions and Fear of Childbirth Scale to identify antenatal reduced emotional wellbeing. Paper presented at CARE 4 International Scientific Nursing and Midwifery Conference, Ghent, Belgium [Online]

Background: Because of the considerable prevalences of reduced antenatal emotional wellbeing including depression, general anxiety and childbirth-related anxiety, and appreciating the time constraints that midwives perceive to routinely assess women’... Read More about Validity and accuracy of the Whooley questions and Fear of Childbirth Scale to identify antenatal reduced emotional wellbeing.

Antwerp's 'Black mirror' of midwifery practice and education: forecasting the future (2022)
Presentation / Conference
Kuipers, Y., Bleijenbergh, R., & Mestdagh, E. (2022, February). Antwerp's 'Black mirror' of midwifery practice and education: forecasting the future. Paper presented at CARE4: International Scientific Nursing and Midwifery Conference, Online

Background: Obstetrics and midwifery are changing rapidly due to maternal demographic evolutions, risk-management, policy changes and medical-technological developments. Without a doubt, all these aspects have an impact on the future of the midwifery... Read More about Antwerp's 'Black mirror' of midwifery practice and education: forecasting the future.

PATH PerinatAl menTal Health (2022)
Presentation / Conference
Kuipers, Y. (2022, February). PATH PerinatAl menTal Health. Paper presented at CARE 4 International Scientific Nursing and Midwifery Conference, Ghent, Belgium [Online]

Validation of the postpartum bonding questionnaire: A cross-sectional study among Flemish mothers (2022)
Journal Article
Bleijenbergh, R., Van den Branden, L., van Gils, Y., Van de Craen, N., Van Leugenhaege, L., & Kuipers, Y. J. (2022). Validation of the postpartum bonding questionnaire: A cross-sectional study among Flemish mothers. Midwifery, 107, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2022.103280

Objective: Becoming a mother is a process of transition that is subject to constant change and may last for over one year postpartum. Bonding is an important component of this transition to motherhood and can be measured with the Postpartum Bonding Q... Read More about Validation of the postpartum bonding questionnaire: A cross-sectional study among Flemish mothers.

Midwifery Practice and Education in Antwerp: Forecasting Its Future With Scenario Planning (2022)
Journal Article
Bleijenbergh, R., Mestdagh, E., & Kuipers, Y. J. (2022). Midwifery Practice and Education in Antwerp: Forecasting Its Future With Scenario Planning. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 53(1), 21-29. https://doi.org/10.3928/00220124-20211210-07

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 indi... Read More about Midwifery Practice and Education in Antwerp: Forecasting Its Future With Scenario Planning.

Flemish midwives’ perspectives on supporting women during the transition to motherhood – A Q-methodology study (2021)
Journal Article
Van den Branden, L., Van de Craen, N., Van Leugenhaege, L., Mestdagh, E., Timmermans, O., Van Rompaey, B., & Kuipers, Y. J. (2022). Flemish midwives’ perspectives on supporting women during the transition to motherhood – A Q-methodology study. Midwifery, 105, Article 103213. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2021.103213

Objective In this study we aimed to reveal midwives’ distinct perspectives about midwifery support of women in their transition process during the continuum from pregnancy to one-year postpartum. Design A Q-methodology study, a mixed quantitativ... Read More about Flemish midwives’ perspectives on supporting women during the transition to motherhood – A Q-methodology study.

Validity and accuracy of the Whooley questions and Fear of Childbirth Scale to identify antenatal reduced emotional wellbeing (2021)
Presentation / Conference
Kuipers, Y. (2021, September). Validity and accuracy of the Whooley questions and Fear of Childbirth Scale to identify antenatal reduced emotional wellbeing. Paper presented at 41st Annual SRIP Conference, Society for Reproductive and Infant Psychology, Online

Background: Because of the considerable prevalences of reduced antenatal emotional wellbeing including depression, general anxiety and childbirth-related anxiety, and appreciating the time constraints that midwives perceive to routinely assess women’... Read More about Validity and accuracy of the Whooley questions and Fear of Childbirth Scale to identify antenatal reduced emotional wellbeing.

The impact of motherhood on the course of women's psychological wellbeing (2021)
Journal Article
Kuipers, Y. J., Beeck, E. V., Cijsouw, A., & van Gils, Y. (2021). The impact of motherhood on the course of women's psychological wellbeing. Journal of Affective Disorders Reports, 6, 100216. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadr.2021.100216

Background Having children or being childless is associated with differences in women's psychological wellbeing during the reproductive age period. Methods An individually matched case-control cohort study, measuring psychological wellbeing with... Read More about The impact of motherhood on the course of women's psychological wellbeing.

A Pre–Post Study Design: Evaluating the Effect of an Intervention to Prevent and Reduce Maternal Distress Among a Pregnant Population (2020)
Book
Kuipers, Y. (2020). A Pre–Post Study Design: Evaluating the Effect of an Intervention to Prevent and Reduce Maternal Distress Among a Pregnant Population. SAGE Publications. https://doi.org/10.4135/9781529713985

It is well known that pregnant women can suffer from maternal distress. Effective interventions can contribute to optimize antenatal maternal emotional wellbeing. A carefully developed intervention is an essential predecessor to intervention research... Read More about A Pre–Post Study Design: Evaluating the Effect of an Intervention to Prevent and Reduce Maternal Distress Among a Pregnant Population.

Home-based end of life care for children and their families – a systematic scoping review and narrative synthesis (2020)
Journal Article
Malcolm, C., Katherine, K., & Charlotte, T. (2020). Home-based end of life care for children and their families – a systematic scoping review and narrative synthesis. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 55, 126-133. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pedn.2020.07.018

Abstract Problem: There is a growing international drive to deliver children’s palliative care services closer to home. Families should have choice of where end of life (EOL) care is provided with home as one option. This review aims to establish t... Read More about Home-based end of life care for children and their families – a systematic scoping review and narrative synthesis.