Experiences of health care in women with Peripartum Cardiomyopathy in Sweden: a qualitative interview study

The knowledge gap of peripartum cardiomyopathy in maternity care personnel is alarming and the deprecation of symptoms and missed diagnosis of peripartum cardiomyopathy can lead to life-threatening consequences. This study explored women’s experiences of health care while being diagnosed with peripartum cardiomyopathy. The results revealed, ‘Exacerbated Suffering’, expressed in three subthemes; ‘not being cared about’, ‘not being cared for’ and ‘not feeling secure.’ Read more, URL: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2393/16/386

Launch of book: New Thinking on Improving Maternity Care International Perspectives.

This volume, in which Marie Berg is one of the coeditors, is the result of international research within the COST Action IS907: “Childbirth Cultures, Concerns & Consequences”, aiming at finding and generating the best possible evidence across a range of childbirth practices, contexts, and issues in Europe.

Read more and download the Pressrelease here: Press release 2017

Adopting a healthy lifestyle when pregnant and obese – an interview study three years after childbirth

How to support pregnant women with BMI ≥ 30 kg/m2 to make healthy lifestyle changes and limit gestational weight gain is described from the women’s perspective in this newly published study from Gothenburg.

Seventeen women who had participated in a lifestyle intervention during pregnancy (Mighty Mums/Viktiga Mammor) were interviewed 3 years postpartum.

  • Thematic analysis revealed four themes:
  • The child as the main motivation for making healthy changes;
  • A need to be seen and supported on own terms to establish healthy routines;
  • Being able to manage healthy activities and own weight; and
  • Need for additional support to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Conclusions are that the antenatal care provider should:

  1. Address women’s weight in a non-judgmental way using BMI, and provide accurate and appropriate information about the benefits of limited gestational weight gain;
  2. Support the woman on her own terms in a collaborative relationship with the midwife;
  3. Work in partnership to give the woman the tools to self-manage healthy activities, and
  4. Give continued personal support and monitoring to maintain healthy eating and regular physical activity habits after childbirth involving also the partner and family.

Read the full paper in BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth

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


Factors contributing to separation in Parents of small children in Sweden

The transition to parenthood often leads to less relationship quality, and this could result in separation of the parents. Previous research has shown that new parents experience a steeper decline in marital satisfaction than couples without children. In this mixt methods study the quantitative result showed a statistically secured difference in the experienced quality of the relationship between the groups of separated and non-separated parent, using QDR-index measured before the separation. Especially Dyadic Satisfaction, Dyadic Consensus and also Dyadic Cohesion differed between the groups. The qualitative description showed seven categories of factors contributing to separation: Strains from parenthood, Stressful conditions, Lack of intimacy, Insufficient communication, Differing personalities & interests, No commitment, and Negative effects of addiction.

Read the full article: Factors contributing to separation/divorce in parents of small children in Sweden

Symptoms in Peripartum Cardiomyopathy

Peripartum Cardiomyopathy (PPCM) is a form of cardiac disease often associated with cardiac failure, occurring in late pregnancy or after childbirth.  In this qualitative study, the narratives revealed that the onset and occurrence of symptoms was like, an invasion of body by symptoms with a  feeling of helplessness. It was like being caught in a spider web. The findings from this small study, broaden our understanding of the hardship and personal suffering,  the women with PPCM experienced.

Read the article Symptoms in women with Peripartum Cardiomyopathy: A mixed method study