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Helen Elden

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

SENIOR LECTURER/ NURSE MIDWIFE

Institute of Health and Care
Sciences
Visiting address
Arvid wallgrens backe hus 1 o 2
41346 Göteborg
Room number
1123
Postal address
Box 457
40530 Göteborg

About Helen Elden

Helen Elden is associate professor in reproductive and perinatal health, section manager and senior lecturer at the Institute of Health and Care Sciences, The Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg. She is also a senior consultant at Sahlgrenska university hospital and a member of the regional etich's committee' in Gothenburg as well as a member in the newly started center PROMISE at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg. Helen has dual registration as nurse and midwife, she has a diploma in medical acupuncture and a PhD in medical science. In 2008, she defended her thesis about Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) among pregnant women (Treatment modalities for Pelvic girdle pain in pregnant women, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. The Institute of Clinical Sciences, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Göteborg, Sweden). Helen completed her education as a midwife in 1985 and since then she has worked with childbirths and acupuncture during pregnancy. Her main research interests are about Acupuncture; PGP in relation to pregnancy, treatment strategies for post-term pregnancy, pregnancy and childbirth as a political process and preeclampsia (PE). Helen has completed five randomized controlled trials and is currently running a randomized controlled trial of treatments for PGP during pregnancy. The first paper in her thesis showed that acupuncture was efficient for PGP in pregnant women and was published in the Brittish Medical Journal (BMJ). She has also published qualitative papers about pregnant women’s experiences of living with PGP and their partners experiences of living with a pregnant woman with PGP. Helen is currently involved in several national and international research projects for example: Inward and outward- How pregnancy and childbirth affects political interest (Canada and Irland). The SWEdishPosttermInduction (SWEPI-Study. The GOthenburg-PReeclampsiaadVerseEffect, GOPROVE-project (South Africa). She is currently a main supervisor for three doctoral students. One of the projects overall aim is to attain deeper knowledge of elective induction of labor in women with post-term pregnancy. This study consists of a big register based multicenter randomized controlled trial evaluating e.g. neonatal morbidity and mortality; a cost-effective analysis and, interviews describing the women’s life-worlds experiences of labor induction plus evaluation of women’s self-reports of self-efficacy, health-related quality of life, pain catastrophizing and breastfeeding. Another PhD project is about midwives and women’s knowledge and attitudes to labor pain. A fourth PhD project is about preeclampsia (PE) and will start this spring (2019). The aim of this PhD project 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.