Wibke Jonas

Wibke Jonas

Senior Lecturer | Docent
Telephone: +46852482871
Visiting address: Widerströmska huset, Tomtebodavägen 18A, 17177 Stockholm
Postal address: K6 Kvinnors och barns hälsa, K6 NOGRH Jonas, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • I am midwife by training and I received my degree from the Rheinische
    Friedrich Wilhelms University of Bonn, Germany in 1996. I received my PhD in
    September 2009 from the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health at
    Karolinska Institutet (KI). For my thesis, I have studied the effects of
    different labor ward routines, including pain relief by epidural analgesia
    and augmentation of labor through intrapartum oxytocin administration
    on breastfeeding related outcomes.
    I then conducted post-doctoral studies in the Department of Psychology,
    University of Toronto, Canada (09/2011 - 02/2014), working with Professors
    Alison Fleming and Meir Steiner on a prospective, longitudinal and
    multi-center cohort study entitled “Maternal Adversity, Vulnerability and
    Neurodevelopment (MAVAN)”. This project was designed to understand the pre-
    and postnatal influences on maternal health and wellbeing on child
    socio-emotional, behavioral and cognitive development, focusing on
    biological, genetic and environmental influences.
    Currently, I am holding an assistant professorship (2018-2019) at the
    Department of Women's and Children's Health, which is funded through the
    Strategic Area Health Care Science (SFO-V) at KI. I have recently become
    research group leader. My main focus in research, which is funded by the
    Swedish Scientific Council (VR) is the “Immediate Parent- Infant
    Skin-to-Skin Contact Study (IPISTOSS)”, a randomized controlled multicenter
    trial where we study the effects of skin-to-skin contact after birth in very
    preterm infants and their parents on breastfeeding outcomes and on many
    biological and psychological aspects of child development. I am the primary
    PI on this grant.
    Throughout the years, I have been working as a midwife at the ante-, labour-
    and postnatal wards at BB Stockholm, Danderyds Hospital and at BB Stockhom
    Since 2009, I have also been working as a lecturer at the Department of
    Women’s and Children’s Health at KI, where I have dedicated my efforts on
    pedagogical development and teaching within the midwifery program. For
    example, I have been leader for the Scientific methods and the Master’s
    thesis courses. I have also been responsible for developing the course
    “Intercultural perspectives on reproductive health”, a web-based course
    which was solely taught in English and together with students from Sweden
    (KI), the Netherlands and Malawi.
    I have received funding from various funding agencies including the Swedish
    Council for Work Life and Social Research (FORTE), the Fernström Foundation
    at KI and Sällskapet Barnavård at Karolinska Hospital, and by a Canadian
    Institutes for Health Research grant (Fleming, P.I.), Vetenskapsrådet (VR)
    and Kempe Carlgrenska Foundation.
    Languages: Swedish, English, German.
    ‘Hot topic’ presentation – 9 out of over 100 abstracts were selected
    for a plenary presentation at the ‘Parental Brain Conference’ in
    Regensburg, Germany (11-14/7 2013).
    Winner of a ‘Best Scientific Poster Award’ at the Connaught Global
    Challenge International Symposium “Investing in Mothers and Children”
    (Fraser Mustard Institute for Human Development), University of Toronto
    27-29/9 2012.
    Travel award for “Northeastern ADVANCE Future Faculty Workshop” at the
    World Conference on Neurohypophysial Hormones, Boston, Northeastern
    University (26-30/7/2011). Unfortunately, I had to cancel participation.
    1996 Registered Midwife, Rheinische Friedrich Wilhelms Universität,
    University Hospital, Bonn, Germany
    Doctoral degree
    2009–09-21 Thesis: “Mother and newborn adaptations after birth: Influence
    of administration of oxytocin and epidural analgesia during labour”,
    Karolinska Institutet


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  • Senior Lecturer, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Karolinska Institutet, 2023-
  • Senior Lecturer, Teaching and learning, Karolinska Institutet, 2022-2024

Degrees and Education

  • Docent, Karolinska Institutet, 2021
  • Degree Of Doctor Of Philosophy, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Karolinska Institutet, 2009

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