Between 1947 and 1962 there were 14 maternity carers employed by het Groene Kruis (now Thuiszorg) on the island Voorne – Putten. The local doctor and minister wanted to detach this service from het Groene Kruis because of the risk of infection from all other forms of home care. In 1962 nurse Ten Broek arrived to lead this group of 14 maternity carers. She was given a staff residence, a house with an office, an interest-free loan of 4,000 guilders to purchase a car and a salary of 257 guilders per month. Training and commitment to the organization were of paramount importance to nurse Ten Broek.
Between 1962 and 1986 the Voorne – Putten and surroundings maternity center grew to 103 maternity carers. This was due to the explosive growth of the Spijkenisse and Hellevoetsluis districts. The service area included Voorne – Putten, Spijkenisse, Hellevoetsluis, Poortugal, Rhoon, Rozenburg and Goerree Overflakkee.
From 1986 to present the maternity care center has been working under a new name that better describes the service area: de Eilanden Maternity Care. The service area has grown to include the entire Rijnmond region and the number of maternity carers has doubled. Training and commitment to the organization still have a prominent place. Every year all of the maternity carers receive training so they stay informed about the latest developments in the field of maternity care. Furthermore, de Eilanden Maternity Care trains maternity carers ourselves. The connection to the organization is great.
During the staff consultation held in 2012, de Eilanden Maternity Care received a grade of 8.1 for the organization in general and its personnel.
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