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University Medical Center Groningen

prof. dr. J. (Jelle) Stekelenburg

Professor International Aspects of Reproductive Health, in particular Safe Motherhood
prof. dr. J. (Jelle) Stekelenburg

Research interests

Prof. Jelle Stekelenburg combines his job as Consultant Obs & Gyn at the Medical Centre Leeuwarden with holding a chair as Professor International Aspects of Reproductive Health, in particular Safe Motherhood, at the University of Groningen. He is the chairman of the Working Party International Safe Motherhood and Reproductive Health (

His professional drive is based on, on one hand, the observation that motherhood is still not safe for many underprivileged women all over the world, but mainly in low resource settings, and, on the other hand, acknowledgment of the right to access the best possible standard of maternal health. Large differences in outcome of pregnancy still exist between different countries, but also within countries. State parties, governments, multilateral health organisations and individual health professionals have the immediate obligation to work on the progressive realisation of the highest possible standard of reproductive, sexual and maternal health.

Prof. Stekelenburg’s activities focus on research and education. He collaborates with PhD-candidates from all over the world, aiming to design evidence-based interventions in different contexts that are effective in improving maternal and neonatal health outcome indicators. In education he takes every opportunity to teach his students about what still needs to be done to reach the aim of safe motherhood for all. 


A qualitative exploration of contraceptive use and discontinuation among women with an unmet need for modern contraception in Kenya

Assessing quality of family planning counseling and its determinants in Kenya: Analysis of health facility exit interviews

Health facility capacity to provide postabortion care in Afghanistan: a cross-sectional study

Assessing Implementation of Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response in Rwanda

Association between surgical technique, adhesions and morbidity in women with repeat caesarean section: a retrospective study in a rural hospital in Western Tanzania

Beyond severe acute maternal morbidity: a mixed-methods study on the long-term consequences of (severe pre-)eclampsia in rural Tanzania

Development and use of a scale to assess gender differences in appraisal of mistreatment during childbirth among Ethiopian midwifery students

Effectiveness of a quality improvement intervention to increase adherence to key practices during female sterilization services in Chhattisgarh and Odisha states of India

Global incidence of caesarean deliveries on maternal request: a systematic review and meta-regression

Health Indicators of Pregnant Women in Tonkolili District, Rural Sierra Leone

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