Presentation Marie Berg
Marie Berg holds a position as Professor in Health and Care Sciences specializing in reproductive and perinatal health and Midwifery Science at the Institute of Health and Care Sciences, the Sahlgrenska Academy at University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Marie has dual registration as nurse and midwife, a dual master degree in Nursing and Public Health sciences, and a PhD in medical science. She is head of the midwifery program which is on the second cycle, and is teaching on basic, advanced and research levels.
Marie has for over 30 years been working clinically as a nurse-midwife in various clinical settings both in primary health and hospital care, mainly at Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenbrug Sweden, and also around six years in Dempcratic Republic of Congo (former Zaïre). These positions have also been including project development and research roles.
Her research aims at supporting well-being in mothers, fathers, families in the childbearing period (pregnancy, childbirth, early motherhood/infancy) through person-centered care. Central theoretical standpoints for her research are the lifeworld theory and salutogenesis.
Her main research is divided in two programmes, these include:
- Support in Childbirth including management of the labour progress, theory development of intrapartum midwifery care and transition to a trustful parenthood;
- Motherhood and diabetes (MODIAB) with focus on balancing diabetes with the challenges during pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding period. Marie and colleagues have developed instruments to measure first-time mothers´childbirth experience – CEQ, and to measure first time fathers childbirth experience – FTFQ, and a midwifery model of woman-centred childbirth care .
In developing countries Marie is active in different projects promoting maternal health. Her main focus has been in Democratic Republic of Congo.
Marie is part of the COST Action ISO907 for optimal maternity care in Europe, as management committee member representing Sweden, and as eader of work group 4: indetifying techniques for the best in complex systems and use of a salutogenic approach. Marie is also within the board of the research network CHuCE (BfIN), which focuses qualitative research on childbearing from a Nordic and European perspective. In developing countries Marie is mainly engaged in Democratic Republic of Congo, but also in Rwanda and Nepal.