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Helen Elden

Senior Lecturer/ Nurse Midwife

Diagnostics, Acute and Critical
Care
Visiting address
Arvid Wallgrens backe hus 1 och 2
41346 Göteborg
Postal address
Box 457
40530 Göteborg

Avd-/Sektionschef, bitr, inst

Reproductive and perinatal
health
Visiting address
Arvid wallgrens backe hus 1 och 2
41346 Göteborg
Room number
1123
Postal address
Box 457
40530 Göteborg

About Helen Elden

Helen is an associate professor in reproductive and perinatal health, a senior lecturer and the research group leader for the Childbirth research group, https://www.gu.se/forskning/barnafodande

at the Reproductive and perinatal health CAE (Complete academic environment) including education, research and collaboration.at the institution of health and care sciences, the Sahlgrenska academy, University of Gothenburg. She is also currently working as a senior consultant university hospital midwife at the department of obstetrics and gynecology, Sahlgrenska university hospital, Gothenburg. She defended her thesis ‘’Treatment Modalities for Pelvic Girdle pain in Pregnant Women’’ in 2008. Helen has been the project leader for five randomised controlled trials and is currently in the steering committee for two big national multicenter RCTs. She has been the main supervisor for two PhD students and is currently the main supervisor for one Post doc, one PhD student (Lilja Thorgeirsdottir in the GO-PROVE project) and co-supervisor for two PhD students.

The Post doc project is about men’s involvement in pregnancy and childbirth in the buea health district, Cameroon. One PhD project is in the SWEPIS, which overall aim is to attain deeper knowledge of elective induction of labor in women with post-term pregnancy. This PhD project evaluates childbirth experiences with the Childbirth Experience Questionnaire (CEQ), registered scores in the Swedish Pregnancy register and throw qualitative interviews. 2. The second PhD project is in GO-PROVE. The aim has been divided into three parts: 1) To compare the results between women with PE and healthy pregnant women (controls) regarding cognitive ability, self-reported health related quality of life, general self-efficacy, anxiety and depression, childbirth experience and self-efficacy of breastfeeding. 2) To gain knowledge of the experience of partners to women with PE in regards to the care and treatment of the affected woman and themselves by qualitative in-depth interviews. 3) To investigate any association between the cognitive ability with PE and possible brain transformations detectable through MRI, during pregnancy and a year postpartum compared with healthy controls. 3. The third Phd project is in GOTS, in which triage of pregnant and newly delivered women will be implemented at The North Alvsborgs hospital, Trollhättan and Danderyds hospital, Stockholm. We will evaluate GOTS effects on patient’s health and patients and health care professionals’ experiences of the GOTS.

Her main research interest is: Acupuncture; pelvic girdle pain in relation to pregnancy, treatment strategies for post-term pregnancy (The Swedish Postterm InductionStudy, SWEPIS), induction of labour (OutPatientIndutiON, OPTION study. https://www.optionstudien.se), pregnancy and childbirth as a political process (PREGDEM, www.pregdem.se ), preeclampsia (GO-PROVEhttps://www.preeclampsiaresearch.com ), un-documented pregnant women’s experiences, obstetric triage of pregnant and newly delivered women (the Gothenburg Obstetric Triage System, GOTS). She is also the responsible researcher for the Swedish group in the IMAgiNE EURO project (Improving MAternal Newborn care, www.burlo.trieste.it ) i.e., views and experiences of women giving birth, as well as health workers involved in maternal and newborn care in 17 countries in Europe during the covid-19 pandemic.

The research projects are national and international multiprofessional research projects: PREGDEM (with Political sciences at University of Gothenburg, Mcill University in Canada and Trinity College, Ireland), SWEPIS (11 hospitals in Sweden), OPTION (31 hospitals in Sweden), The GOthenburg-PReeclampsiaadVerseEffect, GOPROVE-project (Uppsala university, Stellenboch university, Cape town, South Africa. University of Melbourne, Australia. University Bio-Bio, Concepción, Chile. Baylor College of medicine in Houston, Texas, USA. University Medical Center Groningen, the Netherlands, University of Leicester, UK. The IMAgiNE EURO project: Italy, ARS Algarve, Portugal, Serbia, Spain, Slovenia,Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Bergen, Norway. University of Exeter, UK. NIJZ National institute of public health, Croatia, Romania, Luxemburg, France, Riga Stradins university, Riga, Lettland, Bielefeld University - Uni Bielefeld Germany

She is a member in the national ethics committee' and in The Staf portal at Sahlgrenska academy. University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden. She is a course leader and gives lectures about Ethics, research methodology, pain mechanism and pain-relieving methods on advanced levels e.g. The Midwifery program, The Master program in Reproductive and perinatal health and in PhD courses both at the University of Gothenburg and in Primary care in Vastra Gotaland.

The Programme in Midwifery Science leads to a Postgraduate Diploma in Midwifery. Upon completion of the programme, the student can apply for a licence as a midwife with the National Board of Health and Welfare. The programme also provides the basis for completing a one-year master’s degree. Continued studies are offered to achieve a full two-year master's degree in the main field of study. A few places in the programme are reserved for achieving a full two-year master's degree. The Master program in Reproductive and perinatal health is the only available in Sweden.

Keywords: Acupuncture; childbirth; ethics; induction of labour; obstetrics; obstetric triage system, patient reported outcomes (PROMS); patient reported experiences (PREMS); pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain; randomised controlled trials; qualitative research.