Irene de Graaf obtained a doctorate at the university of Amsterdam in 1999 with a thesis entitled “ on first trimester Down syndrome screening”. She graduated as gynecologist in 2005. She worked for 7 years as a general gynecologist. In 2012 she switched to the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam to become a perinatologist. Her approach towards teaching resulted in an appointment as principal educator. Fields of interest are perinatology, pregnancy and psychiatry. She is a strong advocate of autonomy in childbirth and shared decision making.