Research fields + Expertise

Outcome orientation and sustainability in healthcare: we examine practice-based questions in our research and develop solutions for the health of women throughout the generative phase. Our focus is on somatic, psychological and social aspects.

Our methods

  • Quantitative and qualitative analyses, including mixed methods
  • Systematic reviews
  • Tests and interventions
  • Evaluations and surveys

We collaborate with national and international universities, university hospitals and health insurance organisations.

We encourage young academics and provide comprehensive and intensive supervision for bachelor’s, master’s and PhD students.

Perinatal mental health

Perinatal mental health issues are the most frequent complication during pregnancy and the first postpartum year. We are analysing how perinatal women use psychosocial services in Switzerland and concentrating on ensuring appropriate treatment of pregnant and postpartum women in all perinatal periods.

Innovative perinatal care models

We want to develop, implement and evaluate a sustainable and interprofessional model to improve transitional care and support for families with a premature child.

We also validate the ‘Bern Pain Scale for Neonates’ (BSN), a multidimensional method of evaluating pain that has been adopted throughout Europe. It allows practitioners to detect and identify pain in newborn babies and quickly treat or alleviate it.

Perinatal health of socially disadvantaged groups

We want to carry out a quantitative assessment of female asylum seekers’ access to perinatal healthcare in Europe and ascertain their health-related needs. This will help bring about significant improvements to the range and use of perinatal healthcare in Europe.
We are also investigating how women in socio-economically disadvantaged circumstances experience their pregnancy and the first year after the birth of their child. Our findings will help influence needs-oriented support, institutional structuring and care processes.

Metabolic disorders during pregnancy

We are examining whether obesity in pregnancy – with its links to secondary conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure – increases the risk of birth complications and how to provide optimal support for obese women during pregnancy and childbirth. The results are designed to help public health authorities draw up policies to prevent obesity.

Ethical conduct in perinatal care practice

We are examining to what extent the development of ethical competence depends on education, practical work experience and the professional setting.