Objective: to explore the opinions of midwives on the desirability of preconception care for all couples contemplating pregnancy, their willingness to introduce preconception care to midwifery practice and, if it were to be implemented, the necessary conditions, including knowledge, postgraduate education and referral possibilities for successful implementation in the community. Participants: all community midwives ( n = 129) working in 49 midwifery practices that refer their high-risk clients to the Erasmus University Medical Centre, Rotterdam (the Netherlands). Setting: Rotterdam and its immediate surrounding communities. Design: midwives working at the midwifery practices were recruited by telephone. All agreed to participate, and subsequently received a questionnaire by post. Findings: 102 (79%) questionnaires were returned. Ninety-five (93%) of the 102 midwives were familiar with the concept of preconception care, and 71 (70%) of them already provided it to some extent. Of the 102 respondents, 84 (83%) seemed to be willing to provide such care in the future, and 56 (55%) felt that preconception care should be part of their professional domain. Midwives, however, lack time and knowledge to do so. Key conclusions and implications for practice: community midwives already provide counselling, although not on a structural basis, and usually not earlier than in the first trimester of pregnancy. Midwives seem willing to play an active role in the provision of preconception care in the future. There is, however, great need for postgraduate training.

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Department of Gynaecology & Obstetrics

Heesch, P.N.A.C.M, van, de Weerd, S, Kotey, S, & Steegers, E.A.P. (2006). Dutch community midwives' views on preconception care. Midwifery, 22(2), 120–124. doi:10.1016/j.midw.2005.06.003