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Integrated obstetrical care in Baden-Wuerttemberg: OptiMedis designs catalogue of measures and accompanies study trip to the Netherlands

bithcareTo improve obstetrical care in Baden-Wuerttemberg, OptiMedis was commissioned by the Ministry for Social Affairs to draft a report with recommendations for measures. Photo: UnsplashA lot has been done since the Ministry for Social Affairs of Baden-Wuerttemberg started round table talks on obstetrical care in 2017, under the guidance of the State Secretary and with the involvement of all relevant stakeholders: OptiMedis successfully participated in two associated tenders and recently completed a report with recommendations for measures to improve obstetrical care in Baden-Wuerttemberg.

The report also integrates the insights gained during an exciting study trip to the Netherlands. The trip took place in November 2018 by invitation of the Ministry for Social Affairs of Baden-Wuerttemberg with the aim of becoming acquainted with the system of obstetrical care in the neighbouring country in general, and a current project in integrated obstetrical care in particular. The programme was organised by OptiMedis-Nederland. German participants included State Secretary Bärbl Mielich, further representatives of the Ministry, the Baden-Wuerttemberg Medical Council, the Baden-Wuerttemberg Midwives Association, health insurers AOK and Techniker Krankenkasse, MotherHood e.V. (parent representatives), as well as the German County Association. The participants were impressed by the interprofessional networking already in place as well as by the organisation of continuous care for women across the entire care trajectory (pregnancy, birth, and childbed care). The participants drew very favourable conclusions about the approach of integrated obstetrical care (integrale geboortezorg), which is currently on trial with six pilot projects. The first results were presented by Jurriaan Pröpper, CEO OptiMedis-Nederland.