Helena Lindgren holds a position as senior lecturer and is also an associate professor specializing in reproductive and perinatal health. Helena has dual registration as nurse and midwife. She has a PhD in medical science. She has extensive experience from teaching at midwifery programs and master program in care sciences.
Dalarna University, Certified nurse 1992-93
Mälardalen University, Certified midwife 1998-99
Mälardalen University, Masters degree 2002
PhD Karolinska Institutet 2008-05-16
Her research focus has mainly been on different birth settings. Medical outcome and mother´s experiences of home birth have been investigated both in a Swedish context and internationally. The role of the midwife in different settings has been studied with qualitative and quantitative methods. As a principal investigator she runs two different programs: 1) Birth settings for women with an expected normal birth and 2) Prevention of interventions in normal labor and birth. The prevalence and risk factors for perineal trauma in childbirth is in focus for one research project (MIMA – Midwives management in second stage of labor) and an intervention study aiming at investigating effective methods for the protection of the woman´s perineum has been performed and data is being analyzed. Data from all planned home births in the Nordic countries are also being collected and analyzed within the Nordic Homebirth Study. In order to learn more about the well-being of the fetus a population-based study regarding fetal movements in full-term pregnancy has been performed in Sweden and results are being disseminated this year. Helena is also the Swedish PI in international research collaboration with members from nine EU countries aiming at optimizing rates of cesarean sections in the European countries (OptimistiCS).
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