Prof. Jan Jaap Erwich (Obstetrician, the Netherlands)

Prof. Jan Jaap Erwich (Obstetrician, the Netherlands)

Professor Erwich is head of obstetrics at the University Medical Center Groningen, the Netherlands. An expert obstetrician with a focus on background and prevention of perinatal mortality and parent care. He was the first director of a program for nationwide implementation of perinatal audits in all obstetric units in the Netherlands, is a member of several national committees for improvement of obstetric care, and was as (past-chair) of the International Stillbirth Alliance the co-organizer of the biannual ISA-ISPID conference in Amsterdam in 2014. His PhD research was on placental arachidonic acid metabolism and he conducted a postdoctoral project on embryonic and fetal growth in Adelaide, Australia. Since 2000, he has participated in large projects on stillbirth, diagnostic work-up, placental pathology and methodological development of perinatal audit and quality of obstetric care. He is still active in clinical obstetric care and chairs the hospital’s serious adverse events committee. He is very fortunate to be the father of two healthy boys, which continuously motivates him to take care of parents who have lost a child.