Childbearing – the qualitative research network (BfiN) was initiated in 2002 as a Nordic network by Professor Terese Bondas, University of Stavanger, Norway, Professor Marie Berg, and Professor Ingela Lundgren, University of Gothenburg, Sahlgrenska Academy, Sweden and Professor Emerita Elisabeth Hall, Aarhus University, Denmark.
BfiN has since developed into an international research network that unites more than 90 researchers and doctoral students from Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Lithuania, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
The network aims to:
- promote international research collaboration in childbearing and to strive towards excellence and through collaboration bring creative qualitative childbearing research to the international forefront.
- develop an evidence and life-world based care in childbearing.
- increase research mobility, and to coordinate research teams.
- identify and gather resources to enable international qualitative childbearing research programs
- initiate and develop research education and supervision in qualitative research.
- increase the publication of qualitative research findings in childbearing and to promote the usage of research from different perspectives in childbearing including new parents, caregivers, politicians and to others who are interested.
- organize research seminars, workshops and conferences in the member countries open for early stage postdoctoral, and experienced researchers in childbearing.