Successful congress in Gothenburg for Nordic midwives

Nine of the researcher and doctoral students in the childbirth research group participated in the NJF congress last week together with 800 participants (mainly midwives) from the Nordic countries. The congress consisted of a mixture of research, history, culture and thoughts for the future.

Shurouq Hawamdeh

Shurouq Hawamdeh

Ida Lyckestam Thelin

Ida Lyckestam Thelin












Doctoral student Shurouq Hawamdeh presented part of her thesis about midwives’ attitude towards labour pain: expectations and perceptions by Jordanian women. The study was carried out in the largest public hospital in Jordan with 18.000 births each year.

Ida Lyckestam Thelin presented one of the studies in her thesis about VBAC (vaginal birth after previous Caesarean section). Ida’s presentation was based on interviews with women in Sweden, a country with high VBAC rate about their experiences.

The congress was closed with a presentation by Ingela Wiklund former president of the Swedish Association of Midwives.

Ingela Wiklund


A midwifery model of woman-centred care

The aim of the MiMO-study (midwifery model of woman-centred care) is to evaluate and assess the feasibility of a model of woman-centred care provided by midwives during childbirth in Swedish and Icelandic delivery wards.

MiMoThe model has been developed based on many years of cooperation between Olof Asta Olafsdotter in Iceland, Marie Berg and Ingela Lundgren in Sweden. Using a hermeneutic approach the model was developed based on a synthesis of findings from 12 of own published qualitative studies about women´s and midwives´ experiences of childbirth. For validity testing, the model was assessed in focus group interviews with practicing midwives (Berg,Olafsdottir & Lundgren, 2012). The model includes five main themes. Three central intertwined themes are: a reciprocal relationship; a birthing atmosphere; and grounded knowledge. The remaining two themes, which likewise influence care, are the cultural context (with hindering and promoting norms); and the balancing act involved in facilitating woman-centred care.

A mixed method design will be used with both quantitative and qualitative research methods.


The photo shows Olof Asta Olafsdotter, Marie Berg and Ingela Lundgren

The study started in January 2015 at Sahlgrenska University hospital (SU), Gothenburg, Sweden and at the Reykjavik University hospital, Iceland, and will be carried out until April 2016. The intervention at SU is carried out in one of three labour wards, comprising for each midwife one educational day and six sessions of reflection in group

The photo shows midwives from the intervention labour ward discussing the practical implications of the model together with Christina Nilsson, one of the MiMo researchers.

Berg, M Olafsdottir, OA. & Lundgren, I (2012). A Midwifery model of supportive care during pregnancy and childbirth in a Nordic context. Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare, 3, 3 (2), June, 79–87

Kick-off for OptiBIRTH!

OptiBirth is a project funded by EU, FP7, aiming to improve the organization of maternal health service delivery, and optimizing childbirth, by increasing vaginal birth after caesarean section (VBAC) through enhanced women-centered care. Last week Ingela Lundgren and Christina Nilsson were at a kick-off meeting held at Trinity University in Dublin, Ireland. (mer…)