Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen published a short article in an online newspaper in the Netherlands De Vlaardinger. This online paper is based in the town where Prof. van Teijlingen was born and where he lived all is life before moving to the UK in 1984. He wrote this article whilst on holiday visiting his parents and other family members.
The article, in Dutch, highlights the importance of the live and works of Ms. Francijntje de Kadt, the first chair of the KNOV (=Royal Dutch Organisation of Midwives). Ms. Francijntje de Kadt was trained at the School of Midwifery in Amsterdam. She was town midwife for the poor in Vlaardingen, where she worked most of her career. De Kadt helped establish the first Dutch midwifery organisation in 1898 and became its first chair.
Three years ago Prof. van Teijlingen suggested to the town council of Vlaardingen that it should name a street after her, a proposal which was accepted immediately. Building started some time ago and earlier this year the people moved into the Francijntje de Kadtlaan.
The article (published 21 August 2013) can be found at: http://www.devlaardinger.nl/Voorpagina/Nieuws/tabid/3329/ArticleID/5622/mod/5245/Francijntje-de-Kadtlaan-in-Vlaardingen.aspx
Edwin van Teijlingen