A research project called Childbirth and Health, between the Health Center in Reykjavik, center of prenatal care, Landspitali, University hospital, the Women's Department and Directorate of Health. The aim is to gather ground information about expectations and experiences of maternity, to evaluate care in order to improve and develop maternity services.
The network Nordejordemoderen , Midwives of the North, has now been an active network for 10 years. It was established in 1997 starting with seven midwifery schools in five Nordic countries (Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland). The network has grown towards having members from 13 schools and health institutions both from the Nordic and Baltic countries (Denmark (1), Sweden (2), Norway (2), Finland (2), Iceland (1), Feroe Islands (1), Aland (1), Greenland (1) Estonia (1) Latvia (1). The network is looking for partner from Lithuania, which will mean that partners will be a total of 14. The network is now coordinated by Svenska yrkeshögskolan, Vasa, Finland. The main activities has been student mobility and yearly network meetings. In 1998 and 2000 two intensive courses were conducted. At that time the goal was to share ideas, explore and describe common as well as the cultural differences in midwifery practice between the Nordic countries with a focus on exploring what the core of midwifery is and on what are the different ways of learning in midwifery in the Nordic countries. A new intensive course Empowering midwifery students of the North, is being organised with the long term aim to develop an advanced joint study programme (web based with distance learning) which will contribute to improvements in maternity care and developments in midwifery education, practice and research.
BfiN Barnafödande i Norden.
Childbearing in the Nordic countries, a qualitative research network in Caring Sciences was established in 2002, initiated by Terese Bondas, Finland,