Prof Dr. Yvonne Kuipers | Maternity services/ healthcare | Best Researcher Award

Edinburgh Napier University , United Kingdom

Author Profile

Early Academic Pursuits:

Prof. Dr. Yvonne Kuipers began her academic journey by obtaining a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Midwifery from Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland, in November 2004. She continued her education and earned a Master of Science (MSc) in Midwifery from the same university in November 2007. Furthering her academic qualifications, she pursued a Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) in Healthcare Education at Glasgow Caledonian University in June 2010. In February 2011, she engaged with a master module in ethics at the University of Utrecht, Netherlands.

Her academic journey culminated in April 2015 when she successfully defended her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Midwifery and Public Health at the University of Maastricht, Netherlands. This marked a significant milestone in her commitment to advancing knowledge in the field of midwifery.

Professional Endeavors:

She has held various academic positions, showcasing her commitment to the field of midwifery. Notable among these are her roles as an Associate Professor of Applied Sciences in Midwifery at the University of Applied Sciences, School of Midwifery & Research Centre Innovations in Care (2014-2021), and later as a Professor of Midwifery at Antwerp University, Belgium (2019-2021). Her postdoctoral research roles, particularly at Antwerp University, further exemplify her dedication to advancing research in midwifery.

Her current academic positions include being the Professor of Midwifery at the School of Health and Social Care, Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland, and an Honorary Professor of Midwifery at Antwerp University, Belgium. She also holds an Honorary Senior Fellow position at the Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Hull, UK.

Contributions and Research Focus:

She has made significant contributions to midwifery research. Her doctoral thesis, "Mother knows best – Being a mother in your own right and perceptions," and her role as a PhD supervisor for various research projects underscore her commitment to advancing knowledge in maternal health.

Her involvement in extracurricular activities and consultancies, such as supervising the development of guidelines for Physiological Birth and Antenatal Care, participating in the EU COST 18212 Action on Perinatal Mental Health, and contributing to the development of postnatal guidelines, showcases her commitment to shaping maternity care policies and practices.

Accolades and Recognition:

While specific accolades and recognitions are not detailed in the provided information, Prof. Dr. Yvonne Kuipers' extensive involvement in PhD examinations, both as an examiner and a supervisor, suggests a high level of professional recognition in her field.

Impact and Influence:

She is evident in her role as a supervisor and examiner for various doctoral theses, contributing to the academic growth of emerging scholars in the field of midwifery. Her involvement in guideline development and research projects further underscores her influence in shaping the landscape of maternal and perinatal care.

Legacy and Future Contributions:

Her legacy is reflected in her substantial contributions to midwifery research, education, and policy development. Her commitment to guiding future researchers, as seen in her role as a PhD supervisor, suggests a lasting impact on the field. As she continues her academic journey, her work is likely to shape the future of midwifery practices and contribute to improving maternal and perinatal health outcomes.


A total of  360 citations for his publications, demonstrating the impact and recognition of his research within the academic community.

  • Citations            360
  • h-index              43
  • i10-index           11

Notable Publications 

‘Naming and faming’ maternity care providers: A mixed-methods study

Kuipers, Y., …, Bosmans, V.

Evaluation of a web-based intervention to optimize perinatal emotional wellbeing: A nested case-control study

Yvonne Kuipers | Maternity services/ healthcare | Best Researcher Award

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