Presentation Marie Berg

Contact Details

Professor Marie Berg
Arvid Wallgrens Backe, Hus 1, 40530 Göteborg
Tel: 031 – 786 6084



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.


Research Interests

Her main research is divided in two programmes, these include:

  1. Support in Childbirth including management of the labour progress, theory development of intrapartum midwifery care and transition to a trustful parenthood;
  2. 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.


Research Projects

Project Name Description Donor Year Main Applicant in Childbirth Research Group Funding
(Amount in SEK)
A qualitative study – HIV-positive women´s sexual and reproductive health. A qualitative study – HIV-positive women´s sexual and reproductive health. South Älvsborg Hospital 2014 Ewa Carlsson-Lalloo; M Berg main supervisor, M Rusner co-supervisor 52,000 kr
Meta-synthesis of HiV-positive women´s sexual and reproductive health Meta-synthesis of HiV-positive women´s sexual and reproductive health South Älvsborg Hospital 2014 Ewa Carlsson-Lalloo, M Berg Main supervisor, M Rusner co-supervisor 9,700 kr
A Salutogenic approach in maternity care A Salutogenic approach in maternity care Vårdförbundet/The Swedish Association of Health Professional 2014 Marie Berg 4,000 kr



A selection of Publications, Conferences, Workshops etc.


Author(s) Year Title Journal Issue Pages Ref Number
Adolfsson, A. ; Lindén, K. ; Larsson, P-G. et al. 2014 A web-based support for pregnant women and new mothers with type 1 diabetes mellitus in Sweden (MODIAB-Web): study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials 15 (1) 513 [Nr. 210325]
Begley, C. ; Groß, M. ; Dencker, A. et al. 2014 Outcome measures in studies on the use of oxytocin for the treatment of delay in labour: A systematic review. Midwifery 975-982 [Nr. 204933]
Ranerup, A. ; Sparud Lundin, C. ; Koinberg, I. et al. 2014 Role of Theories in the Design of Web-Based person-Centered Support: A Critical Analysis. International Journal of Chronic Diseases. 2014 9 [Nr. 195706]
(Article ID 603047)
Rasmussen, B. ; Skouteris, H. ; Berg, M. et al. 2014 Breastfeeding practices in women with type 1 diabetes: A discussion of the psychosocial factors and policies in Sweden and Australia. Women and birth : journal of the Australian College of Midwives. 2014 [Nr. 210326]


Honours and Awards

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Other Professional Research Experiences

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.



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