Presentation Ingela Lundgren

Ingela Lundgren is Professor and Head of Department, Institute of Health and Care Sciences, The Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg. Ingela has dual registration as nurse and midwife, a dual master degree in Nursing and Public Health sciences, and a PhD in medical science. In 2002, she defended her thesis about women’s childbirth experiences (Releasing and relieving encounters – experiences of pregnancy and childbirth, Faculty of Medicine, Uppsala University, Sweden).

Ingela completed her education as a midwife in 1986 and since then she has worked with childbirths, both in standard delivery wards, Birth Centre Care and homebirths. Her main research interest is about the meaning of childbirth in a woman’s life. Ingela is currently involved in several national and international research projects focusing on women’s experiences of giving birth near birth and in a long-term perspective, support during childbirth by professionals and non-professionals and the organization of maternity care. She is also a supervisor for several doctoral students, both nationally and internationally.

Ingela is part of the COST Action ISO907 for optimal maternity care in Europe, as management committee member representing Sweden, and member of WG2: outcome measurement. Ingela is one of five scientific leader of the project OptiBirth, funded by EU FP7, aiming to improve the organication of maternal health service delivery, and optimising childbirth, by increasing vaginal birth after caesarean section (VBAC) through enhanced women-centred care.