Presentation Christina Nilsson

Christina Nilsson holds a position as post doctor at the Institute for Health and Care Sciences at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg. She is also a midwife at Sahlgrenska University Hospital/Östra in Gothenburg.

Portait Christina NilssonChristina has dual registration as nurse and midwife, and a PhD in Health Sciences. She defended her thesis in June, 2012. The title of the thesis is: Fear of childbirth. With a focus on women´s experiences of giving birth. The thesis generates evidence on the importance of previous birth experience for women with fear of childbirth, from both qualitative and quantitative perspectives. The results illustrate the complexity where women´s experiences in the delivery room are central.

Christina has worked clinically as a midwife since 1987, mostly with childbirth in various hospital settings. During 10 years she was involved in a counseling program for women with fear of childbirth; “Aurora team”. She is currently involved in the EU research project OptiBIRTH, 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.

Her main research interests are about women´s childbirth experiences, fear of childbirth, birth trauma and PTSD, and support during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period.

Christina is a member of BFiN, a network around qualitative research in childbearing. She is also a teacher in Kundaliniyoga (IKYTA – International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association).

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