Network of Midwifery Research

The Network of Midwifery Research Osnabrueck (Verbund Hebammenforschung)

There is the Network of Midwifery Research Osnabrueck in the health science section of University of Applied Sciences Osnabrueck, which has formed itself as an independent research group. This research group adress specific questions, concerning women- and family- oriented maternity care provision concepts.

The research assistants who work around Prof. Dr. Friederike zu Sayn-Wittgenstein come from a range of academic subjects. Additionaly, many of them possess extensive clinical and non-clinical experience in obstetrics.

Research questions addressed by the studies of the Network of Midwifery Research Osnabrueck are designed to gain knowledge on midwifery throughout the care chain. This extends across the life-span of women beginning with family planning, through pregnancy, birth, the postnatal and breastfeeding periods and early parenthood.

On the one hand the aims of the research are, to systematically advance the work of midwives, and, on the other hand, to be able to direct the provision of care in this phase of life in a more targeted manner towards the needs and requirements of women and their families. The current fragmentation of care provision for women in pregnancy, during childbirth and the postnatal period needs to be improved through care and provision concepts that build upon and relate to each other.

Another important aspect is to achive the practice-theory-practice transfer, which is very close to the Network of Midwifery Research’s heart. Collaborations are in place with a range of institutions, professional associations, specialized  companies, midwives and clinics.

Source: Sayn-Wittgenstein F. zu (Ed.) (2007): Geburtshilfe neu denken. Bern: Hans Huber, p. 24.

To date, the research projects of the Network of Midwifery Research Osnabrueck have addressed the subject areas of:

- Women- and family- oriented care concepts

- Midwifery and promotiion health

- Health system research

- Economic evaluations

A further step in increasing professionalism among midwives in Germany will be completed with the Bachelor degree programme, starting for the first time from the 2008/09 winter semester, “Bachelor of Science in Midwifery” study programme at  University of Applied Sciences Osnabrueck. Important preparatory work for the development of the study programme was provided within a project of the Network of Midwifery Research Osnabrueck. The teaching leads to an important connecting link between research results and their transfer into practice.

Network of Midwifery Research was founded in 2004 as one of four nursing research networks which obtained funding from Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). In the years 2004-2007, cooperation was set up with University of Osnabrueck and University of Bremen in a first collaborative research grant, consisting of four research projects. In a second research grant another set of three research projects of the Network of Midwifery Research Osnabrueck are cooperating with the North-Rhine Westfalia nursing research network.

Completed Projects

Study programme



University of Applied Sciences Osnabrueck

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Network of Midwifery Research


P.O. Box 19 40

D-49009 Osnabrueck


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