Research seminar 2019

Childbearing – Qualitative research network in collaboration with partners are organizing a research seminar on September 12-13th, 2019 at the University of Stavanger.


The subjects of this research seminar are health promoting childbearing and neonatal care in a global world. The aim of this collaborative research seminar and workshop is to enable a deeper understanding of various qualitative approaches and methods in health promoting childbearing research; research on childbearing and neonatal care in a global context from different perspectives, and the contribution to theory, research and practice.

Qualitative research is an important tool for developing care for all childbearing women, the newborn baby and their families in a global world. 

Programme and keynote speakers

The seminar will feature keynote speeches by Nicky Leap, Adjunct Professor of Midwifery at the University of Technology Sydney and PhD Kristiina Heinonen, Postdoc Researcher at University of Eastern Finland and teacher at Savo Consortium for Education, Finland.

For more than 35 years Nicky Leap has had a variety of roles in midwifery practice, education and research in both the UK and Australia. She has published widely, particularly around the theory of ‘working with pain’ in labour. Nicky is well known for her work supporting the development of midwifery continuity of care models and group antenatal care in different settings.

Kristiina Heinonen’s research interests include family nursing care and multiple-birth families and she is interested in to develop family nursing care and support for different kind of families. She is a member of international associations within the field, and has published articles and national and international guidebooks for parents of multiples with twins, triplets or more.

The participants will also have the possibility to present and reflect on their qualitative research project in the area of childbearing from pregnancy, birth, postpartum or neonatal care.

See the full programme and find more information about the seminar

Collaborating 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) Centre for Women's, Family and Child Health, Metropolia University of Applied Sciences and Novia University of Applied Sciences, Finland.