Presentation Helen Elden

Helen Elden is senior lecturer at the Institute of Health and Care Sciences, The Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg. Helen has dual registration as nurse and midwife, she has a diploma in medical acupuncture and a PhD in medical science. In 2008, she defended her thesis about Pelvic Girdle Pain among pregnant women (Treatment modalities for Pelvic girdle pain in pregnant women, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. The Institute of Clinical Sciences, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Göteborg, Sweden).

Helen completed her education as a midwife in 1985 and since then she has worked with childbirths and acupuncture during pregnancy. Her main research interests are about Acupuncture; Pelvic girdle pain in relation to pregnancy and, treatment strategies for post-term pregnancy. Helen has completed four randomised controlled trials of treatments for pelvic girdle pain during pregnancy. The first paper in her thesis showed that acupuncture was efficient for pelvic girdle pain in pregnant women and was published in the BMJ.

Helen is currently involved in several national and international research projects. She is a supervisor for a doctoral student in a project in which the overall aim is to attain deeper knowledge of elective induction of labor in women with post-term pregnancy. This study will consist of a big RCT evaluationg neonatal morbidity and mortality; a cost-effective analysis and, interviews describing the women’s life-worlds experiences of labor induction.