The place To Be: Women’s birth place preferences in the Netherlands

Tamar Marina van Haaren-ten Haken

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In the Netherlands, pregnant women can choose between a home birth or hospital birth. In order to provide client-focused care it is essential to have insight into women’s preferences regarding place of birth. This dissertation studies which characteristics, preferences, expectations and notions play a role in choosing the birth location. This study shows that women who choose to give birth at home or in hospital differ in some aspects. It also found that the choice of birth place is more complex than a simple choice between home and hospital.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • Nijhuis, Jan, Supervisor
  • de Vries, Raymond, Supervisor
  • Hendrix, M.J.C., Co-Supervisor, External person
  • Nieuwenhuijze, Marianne J., Co-Supervisor, External person
Award date18 May 2018
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Print ISBNs9789402810080
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • place of birth
  • preferences
  • motivations
  • characteristics

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