Valérie Vanceulebroeck

Valérie Vanceulebroeck works as a lecturer in the nursing department at AP University College in Antwerp and is part of the “EMBRACE” research team. For several years, the team has been working on developing a detection tool for vulnerable pregnant women. They were invested in connecting different “islands of good practice” in the city of Antwerp, as only by working together in a network could the needs of vulnerable pregnant women be met. It was an inspiring journey that resulted in a Dutch communication tool and a flowchart to manage the care path of vulnerable pregnant women. See more at

Considerations for a Prenatal Detection Tool for Vulnerable Pregnant Women

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in Midwifery Today, Issue 132, Winter 2019.Join Midwifery Today Online Membership Vulnerability during pregnancy has harmful consequences for the child in the first years of life. There are various initiatives in Flanders, and abroad, to more efficiently identify and support vulnerable pregnancies. Nevertheless, there are still many possibilities in Flanders to enhance the pre- and postnatal care path to meet the needs of vulnerable pregnant women. In this article, we present the results of the first phase of a project-based scientific research of the Artesis Plantijn (AP) University College Antwerp. The project developed a detection tool and a prenatal care pathway, tailored to the needs of vulnerable pregnant women. A crucial starting question was what vulnerability means in pregnancy. Because the literature is inconclusive, we asked experts in the field about the concept of vulnerability in pregnancy and the operational possibilities of using a detection tool by midwives. We organised focus groups and interviews with midwives and with representatives from the social services. The combination of both of these professional areas provides similar, but also dissonant, insights about the concept of vulnerability. Introduction A preventive approach, proper health monitoring, and appropriate care provision can… Read more…. Considerations for a Prenatal Detection Tool for Vulnerable Pregnant Women

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