The frequency of pregnancyrelated morbidity has increased over recent decades, as has the number of patients with complex congenital cardiac anomalies reaching fertile age, resulting in an increasing number of highrisk pregnancies. In order to optimalise maternal and foetal outcome in these patients, not only is the availability of optimal inhospital facilities (e.g. obstetric critical care unit, hybrid operating suite) important, but also a multidisciplinary approach which is mandatory for successful maternal and foetal outcome. The role of a dedicated obstetric anaesthetist in this multidisciplinary team is essential. In contrast with other Western countries, in the Netherlands this has so far been underestimated. Obstetric anaesthetists should also be part of multidisciplinary obstetric care in highrisk patients during pregnancy, thus optimalising conditions for successful delivery and maternal and foetal outcome.

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Journal Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde
Van Der Marel, C.D. (Caroline D.), Eggink, A.J, & Stolker, R.J. (Robert Jan). (2017). Hoogcomplexe verloskunde in derdelijnscentra: Anesthesioloog, verlos/operatiekamer en obstetric critical care unit. Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde, 161(37). Retrieved from