Group care in the Netherlands

Group care implementation sites in the Netherlands

Group care has already been implemented as CenteringPregnancy during the antenatal phase and as CenteringParenting after the child is born. With the GC_1000 project, the focus will be on specific groups of vulnerable women in the Netherlands. For example women from Eritrea who do not speak Dutch, Arabic speaking women, vulnerable women in Rotterdam and refugee women in Katwijk.

More information on group care in the Netherlands can be found at the website



The rapid assessment for the Netherlands started in September.


After the rapid assessment, the group care model was adapted to the context at the implementation sites in the Netherlands in collaboration with the local research team.


Groups will start


Results of the project are expected in 2024

Who will benefit from group care in the Netherlands?

IIn the Netherlands some pregnant women are in a vulnerable position. With group care, they receive care from a midwife and a culture sensitive translator if needed. Specifically GC_1000 focusses on women from Eritrea, Arabic speaking countries, refugees  and other vulnerable populations who live in the Netherlands.

The book "Little Pearls, short group care stories with a large impact" has many stories from Eritrean women in the Netherlands.



Are you interested in group care for pregnant women and postnatal group care for families? Please contact the research team in the Netherlands: 

Mathilde Crone, Ph.D.

Country lead | WP 2 lead

Mathilde Crone, Ph.D.  will lead WP2. She studied Health Sciences, specializing in Health Education and Promotion. She is Associate Professor and has a vast experience in developing, implementing and evaluating health programmes: her dissertation on prevention of second-hand smoking in children received the National Prize for Public Health and Science. She supervised with dr. Rijnders  the effect-evaluation of the implementation of CenteringPregnancy in the Netherlands. With Dr. Reis and Dr van Mourik she conducted a study that aimed to socially and culturally adapt preventive parenting programmes to improve parenting practices in lower socio-economic status and ethnic minority groups. They just started a study aiming to develop strategies to reach these groups with group-based care. With Dr van der Kleij she studied the implementation of an integrated approach to prevent overweight in children. She is involved in supervising several PhD students and teaches on prevention and child health in public health and primary care. She is a member of the ACCs Together for Youth, Public Health, and Pregnancy and Birth.

Marlies Rijnders, Ph.D.

Country lead | Scientific Coordinator

Marlies Rijnders, Ph.D. worked as an independent midwife in the Netherlands for 10 years and subsequently became a research-midwife at TNO in Leiden. In 2011 she introduced group antenatal care and group youth health care in the Netherlands. She conducted feasibility, implementation and effect studies of group care and is involved in projects aimed at the development of group care for underserved women, sustainability, content adaptation, monitoring and evaluation. She is consultant for the Dutch Centering Foundation and board member of Group Care Global.

Nele Martens, M.Sc.

Nele Martens, M.Sc., forms part of WP2 and she is one the PhD candidates on the GC_1000 project. During her undergraduate studies, Nele did not only develop a strong interest in health psychology, but also in contextual factors which impede and enhance the biopsychosocial well-being of minority groups. Therefore, Nele chose to investigate social marginalisation, identity formation and mental health implications of refugees who forcibly returned to Malta under the Dublin Regulations. During her masters’ studies in health psychology Nele studied intervention design, implementation and evaluation based on behavioural change theories. GC_1000 combines both, her desire to improve the physical and psychosocial well-being of marginalised women, and her interest in innovative, patient-centred models of health care.