Deon van der Merwe completed his MBChB degree in 1981 and M Prax Med in 1987 at Pretoria University. In 1991 an M Med (O & G) (Cum Laude) degree was completed at the University of Stellenbosch. He is in private Obstetric / Gynae practice in Middelburg Mpumalanga since 1992 at the Midmed Private Hospital. Where he is also a board member for last 20 years at Life Midmed Hospital. Member of SASOG, Fetal Medicine Foundation and SASUOG / SASIUOG. The escalating cost of medical negligence insurance, especially in the obstetric field made it necessary for alternative dispute resolution. With the leading role of SASOG and their EOMC (Expert opinion and Mediation Committee) mediation will play a prominent role in the future of Obstetrics in South Africa. This is also his main field of interest, as well as mediation in private and state hospitals.