Interest Group on Maternal and Neonatal Health in the European Parliament

Interst Group, Dr. Niebler and Dr. Liese

The Interest Group on Maternal and Neonatal Health was founded in May 2011 by Dr Angelika Niebler together with her parliamentary colleague Dr Peter Liese. 

The Group seeks to bring a diverse group of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) together for open dialogue and advocacy to help ensure the best possible start in life for all babies born in Europe through prevention as well as improved care for preterm and newborn infants throughout Europe. The Group also seeks to mainstream the issue of maternal and neonatal health within all relevant policies and initiatives.

Led by Angelika Niebler and Peter Liese, a wide range of MEPs have come together to express their concerns on the issues of preterm birth and maternal and neonatal health in Europe. The interest group collaborates closely with the European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants (EFCNI). The aim of the group is to:

  • work towards EU recognition of preterm birth as a growing threat to the health and wellbeing of Europe’s citizens, 
  • highlight the importance of prevention measures before and during pregnancy,
  • highlight the major risks and impacts associated with infant prematurity in Europe, including infant mortality and morbidity, the greater risk of suffering from short-term and long-term health complications and the increased chance of developing serious chronic conditions and lifelong  disabilities,        
  • highlight the (long-term) burden and impact on the entire family and by extension society as a whole.

Members of the Interest Group

Chairs

Angelika NIEBLER

Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats)
Germany-Member of the Bureau Germany Christlich-Soziale Union in Bayern e.V.

Peter LIESE

Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats)
Germany-Member of the Bureau Germany Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands

Members

Biljana BORZAN

Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats 
Croatia-Socijaldemokratska partija Hrvatske

Esther de LANGE

Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats) 
Netherlands-Christen Democratisch Appèl

Mariya GABRIEL (née NEDELCHEVA)

Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats)
Bulgaria Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria

Elisabetta GARDINI

Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats)
Forza Italia

Lidia Joanna GERINGER de OEDENBERG

Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
Poland-Sojusz Lewicy Demokratycznej

Karin KADENBACH

Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
Austria-Sozialdemokratische Partei

Jo LEINEN

Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
Germany-Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands

Linda McAVAN

Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
United Kingdom-Labour Party

Mairead McGUINNESS

Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats)
Ireland-Fine Gael Party

Herbert REUL

Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats) 
Germany-Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands

Andreas SCHWAB

Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats) 
Germany-Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands

Dubravka ŠUICA

Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats)
Croatia-Hrvatska demokratska zajednica

Glenis WILLMOTT

Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
United Kingdom-Labour Party

Anna ZÁBORSKÁ

Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats)  
Slovakia-Krest'anskodemokratické hnutie

Interest Group and Members of European Parliament exchange views on the state of maternal and newborn health

On 28 October 2015, the Interest Group on Maternal and Neonatal Health invited Members of the European Parliament to a breakfast meeting for an exchange of views on the state of maternal and newborn health in our countries.

The meeting was kindly hosted by MEP Dr Angelika Niebler and MEP Dr Peter Liese. EFCNI had the honour to join this event and Professor Dr Neil Marlow, member of EFCNI’s executive board, gave some insights into how babies with special needs can grow up into healthy adults.

Professor Karl Oliver Kagan from Germany highlighted possible health challenges during the time of pregnancy, the impact these challenges can have on mothers' and babies' long-term health as well as the important window for prevention during this period of life.

Professor Pierre Kuhn from France explained the importance of high-quality, patient and family centred care for the good development of preterm babies and ill newborns.

We very warmly thank the chairs of the Interest Group, Dr Angelika Niebler, Dr Peter Liese and their offices for the perfect hosting, and the Members of the European Parliament for their interest, commitment and for freeing time in their busy agendas to discuss the impact maternal and newborn health have on Europe’s societies.

Our sincere thanks go also to the keynote speakers Professor Kagan, Professor Kuhn and Professor Marlow for their invaluable information on the topic.

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