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Childbirth research


The Childbirth research group focuses on pregnancy, childbirth, the neonatal period and women's and families’ health. The objective is to contribute to excellence in clinical practice. The research is carried out by developing and testing philosophies, theories and models of care. The group has considerable experience in conducting qualitative research, randomised controlled trials and in measuring and exploring experiences. Projects are conducted not only in Sweden but also internationally.


Research areas


Childbirth as a normal physiological process
This area includes studies on oxytocin, labour, pain in labour, vaginal birth after caesarean section, measurement of childbirth experience, fathers’ experience of their partners’ pregnancy and childbirth.

Health in complicated conditions associated with childbirth and early parenthood
Studies included in this area include: fear of childbirth, peripartum cardio myopathy, mothers with obesity, mothers with diabetes, women with bi-polar disorder, women with HIV, induction of labour, non-Swedish parents caring for a child in neonatal unit, experiences of partners of women with peripartum cardio myopathy, care following sexual abuse, fathers’ experience of childbirth and up to one year later

Care environment and models of care for childbearing
The third area includes studies on labour room, midwifery model of women-centred care, work situation for midwives, perineal care in labour, quality of maternity care, and person-centred care. 


Women and their families are entitled to ethical and respectful care from all staff involved. Equal healthcare must be provided regardless of religion, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation or socio-economic conditions. In order to obtain this, a mutual, trusting and respectful personal treatment of each woman, child or family is needed. A person- centred care approach is strived for by making partnerships with women and families, as well as in interdisciplinary cooperation.

The main role of professionals in childbirth is to protect and promote a physiologically normal childbirth and provide optimal care for complex and complicated conditions. 

Midwives have an autonomic and central role in developing effective and individualized care in childbirth. We believe that research in this area can be strengthened through interdisciplinary research collaborations and through holistic care, which can be studied from different perspectives.

Research projects

Improving the organisation of maternal health service delivery, and optimising childbirth, by increasing vaginal birth after caesarean section (VBAC) through enhanced women-centred care (OptiBIRTH).

This FP7-funded project aims to test an evidence-based intervention designed to increase VBAC rates from 25 to 40%, through an unblinded cluster randomised trial in 15 maternity units in Germany, Ireland and Italy.

Encounters in neonatal care between health care professionals and parents

This project highlights the treatment of existential questions and needs in the neonatal intensive care.


MODIAB - Moterhood and Diabetes

Oxytocin and labour

Women with Peripartum Cardiomyopathy

This is a first qualitative study that explores women's experiences through interviewing to fill the knowledge gap in the field

SWEPIS - SWEdish Post Induction Study

A register based study to compare consequences of induction of labour at 41 completed gestational weeks versus expectant management and induction at 42 completed gestational weeks on neonatal and maternal outcomes, women’s and their partners experiences and health care economics

Cost Actions

Extensive European collaboration is ongoing since 2010, including two COST Actions (Childbirth cultures, concerns and consequences; COST Action number: IS0907, and Building Intrapartum Research Through Health - an interdisciplinary whole system approach to understanding and contextualising physiological labour and birth (BIRTH); COST Action number: IS1405).

Bipolar Disorder in Pregnancy and Childbirth


The work situation for midwives at delivery wards - models of care and job satisfaction


VBAC in a Swedish maternity care context



Scientific leader: Professor Marie Berg
Phone: +46 31-786 6084


Blog Childbirth Research

This blog focuses on Childbirth Research at University of Gothenburg.


Scientific leader

Professor Marie Berg (the position includes clinical work as nurse-midwife)
Ingela Lundgren (the position includes clinical work as nurse-midwife)
Cecily Begley (visiting professor).
Associate professors
Helen Elden (the position includes clinical work as nurse-midwife)
Carina Sparud Lundin
Helena Wigert (the position includes clinical work as nurse-midwife)
Anna Dencker
Senior lecturers
Elisabeth Jangsten
Margareta Mollberg
Harshida Patel
Åsa Premberg
Herborg Holter
Adjunct lecturers
Viola Nyman
Marie Rusner 
PhD students
Liselotte Bergqvist
Ewa Carlsson - Lallo
Karin Haby
Ida Lyckestam Thelin
Judith Mukamurigo
Helena Nilvér
Katarina Patriksson
Anna Wessberg


Page Manager: Karin Mossberg|Last update: 8/30/2018

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Utskriftsdatum: 2019-02-20