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Childbearing - Qualitative Research Network

Childbearing - Qualitative Research Network (BfiN) is an international research network which aims to promote and develop international cooperation in the field of qualitative childbearing research.

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Since its initiation in 2002 as a Nordic network, it has developed into an international research network uniting more than 90 researchers and doctoral students from 9 countries.

We seek to improve the quality of care for childbearing families

About the network

The primary aim of the network is to promote international research collaboration towards excellence in childbearing research.

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The increasing trend of applying risk perspectives to life world phenomena challenges the researchers in the network to ask ethical and critical questions in humanistic collaborative research and pursue a collaborative critical doctoral and postdoctoral education.

It is important that our research have an impact on the quality of care of the unique family in childbearing. Therefore, we need to identify and gather resources to make international qualitative childbearing research programs possible and to increase publications within the field.

High priorities for the network are research mobility, research education and supervision in qualitative research by organizing research seminars, workshops, research courses and conferences open for early stage, postdoctoral, and experienced researchers. 


Call for abstracts

Open from February 17 - April 30, 2022

Registration opens May 4, 2022

Registration deadline: August 30, 2022

Research interests

The network promotes the usage of qualitative research findings for the development of an evidence and life-world based care as well as health and social care policies that benefit the childbearing families.

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Our research interests include: 

  • Women’s and men’s reproductive health, illness and suffering as lived experiences 
  • Promoting new parenthood and parental education from parent and caregiver perspectives 
  • Antenatal, birth and postpartum care and identification of caring needs, wishes and experiences 
  • Care of the newborn and small child 
  • Health information in childbearing 
  • Childbearing professions and organizational cultures 
  • Meta-questions in qualitative childbearing research 

Research seminar 2022

Childbearing – Qualitative research network (BfiN) welcomes you to a research seminar and workshop on childbearing September 26-17, 2022 at University of A Coruña, Spain.

The seminar is open to researchers and doctoral candidates.

The 16th international seminar and research workshop will be held at the Faculty of Nursing and Podiatry at University of A Coruña.

Parents' and professionals' perspectives in childbearing and neonatal care - promoting health in a collaborative and intercultural scenery are the subjects of this seminar.

Keynote speakers

  • Liv Fegran, Professor University of Agder, Norway
  • Bente Dahl, Associate Professor University of South Eastern Norway

Call for Abstracts will be open from February 17 to April 30, 2022. Registration from May 4 - August 30, 2022.

Find more information on the seminar webpage.

Collaboration partners

The research seminar and workshop is organized by Childbearing – the qualitative research network (BfiN) and the Network for Women’s Health in Childbearing, with the focus on Migrants and Minorities, WoMBH-net. It is a collaboration between the Faculty of Health Sciences at University of Stavanger, University of South-Eastern Norway (USN), University of Agder, Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Finland and the research group GRINCAR-LICcs at University of A Coruña, Spain.


For further information, please contact:


Faculty of Health Sciences

Department of Public Health

Researchers, doctoral students and master students in the field of qualitative research in childbearing may apply for membership (free of charge).

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