Personal information

Linda  Martin

Linda Martin (psychologist) is as a senior researcher working at the Department of Midwifery Science, AVAG/ EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research, VU university medical center, Amsterdam.


At the Department of Midwifery Science, we conduct research into the content and quality of midwifery care. The findings can be used to improve midwifery care so that women and their families can make well informed choices that are most appropriate for them in the situation they are in. 


Our research is based on the premise that pregnancy and birth are physiological events and that medical interventions should only be advised if they are beneficial for mother or child. 

Research topics

Her research focuses on Communication in Maternity care, with a special interest for counseling for prenatal anomaly screening and communication to women with complex needs.

Short biography

Linda Martin was qualified as an exercise therapist in the Netherlands in 1995, as a teacher in 2000 and as a psychologist in 2002. From 1995 to 2000 she worked as an exercise therapist in several cities across the Netherlands. Since 1998, Linda has been working as a lecturer in several institutes for Higher Education. From 2000 to 2003 she worked at the Dutch Organisation of Exercise therapists (VvOCM) at the department of guideline development. In 2003, Linda started as a lecturer at the Midwifery Academy Amsterdam Groningen. In 2010, she started a PhD programme at the Department of Midwifery Science, VUmc Amsterdam. 

PhD thesis

"Counseling for prenatal anomaly screening: Parents perspectives, midwives, perspectives, and client-midwife communication". (2015) Medical Departmen VUmc, Amsterdam, The Nethelands