One of the sites for group care in Belgium is Aalst.
One of the sites for group care in Belgium is Leuven.
One of the sites for group care in Belgium is Gent. In Gent, the first GC_1000 group care session took place after going through all the fases: Rapid Assessment, adaptations, training, start GC_1000!
Meanwhile, their team grew. Four midwives and a social worker joined forces. Together, in March 2023, they were already counselling their 11th group during pregnancy and after birth. They plan more groups until at least May 2024 and are always looking for more enthusiasts to join their team.
By the end of 2022, the implementation phase was complete. Now the team is exploring multidisciplinary ways to make Group Care in Ghent more sustainable.
Are you interested in group care for pregnant women and postnatal group care for families? Please contact the research team in Belgium:
Prof. Dr. Katrien Beeckman
Prof. dr. Katrien Beeckman is trained as midwife (2001), obtained a Master in Health Promotion (2004) and a PhD in Social Health Sciences (2011). Currently she is coordinator of the Nursing and Midwifery research group at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. The focus of her work is on the organisation of antenatal care especially for social vulnerable women. Besides implementing new /adapted models of care, tools for screening on psychosocial vulnerability and measuring adequacy of antenatal care were developed. She is one of the key stakeholders for implementing Group Care in Belgium and therefore is involved in CG_1000 for Belgium. She is leading WP3. Furthermore, she is professor at the University of Antwerp, where she is involved in the Master in Nursing and Midwifery. Besides participation in teaching, she is promotor of several master theses and vice president of the research group MidRep (Midwifery Research Education and Policymaking).
Astrid Van Damme
Astrid Van Damme is a midwife (2012), and obtained a Master of Science in Nursing/Midwifery (2015). She worked as a midwife within ‘Child & Family’ in the city of Gent for over five years, gaining a lot of experience in working together with vulnerable families and creating opportunities for and with them. Currently she is fulltime involved in the GC_1000 project as a PhD researcher in the Nursing and Midwifery research group at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Her research is focussing on Work Package 3 regarding the context-specific adaptations and development of adaptation strategies.
Florence Talrich (female) is a midwife (2012), obtained a master in Sociology (2016) and Public Health (2014). This combination of a scientific as well as substantial background is beneficial for the project. Currently she works as a researcher/PhD student in the Nursing and Midwifery research group. The aim of her research is to investigate the implementation of Group Care in several Brussels organisations, targeting vulnerable pregnant women. Before she worked at the government on projects focusing on quality in care and patient safety. Besides she worked as volunteer in projects for supporting young families living in poverty: “buddy at the crib” and ‘MammaMee”.
Bianca Eerens Sarango is an Ecuadorian/Belgian midwife (2010) and obtained a master's degree in Sexology (2014). She worked in a hospital on the outskirts of Brussels for three years before switching to home care. She founded Wheel of Care, a home care organization in Brussels with midwives and nurses on bicycles, focusing on slow care and ecology. After that she taught future midwives at Erasmus University College for two years, where she passed on her passion for person-centered care and diversity themes to the students. She currently works part-time for Born in Belgium Professionals; a government project that offers a platform to support care providers who come into contact with vulnerable pregnant women and part-time within the GC1000 project where she mainly focuses on work package 5 in the evaluation of the implementation of GroupCare.