Obstetric and Reproductive Health Research

The overall aim with our research is to improve health for women, mothers and children, not only during the important perinatal period but also in the long term, a core theme being short- and long-term follow-up of children after different intrauterine and peripartum exposures. More specifically, we focus on youth’s health, sexually transmitted infections, gender-based violence, human reproduction, improving the diagnostic and therapeutic procedures for various conditions, while in parallel addressing breastfeeding, parenting and perinatal mental health. Special focus is given to research on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), both within Sweden and internationally.

Main fields of research

  • Preconception health and care
  • Fetal growth, diagnostics, and pregnancy dating
  • Pregnancy and delivery research
  • Affective disorders in the perinatal period and child outcomes
  • Vulvodynia
  • Wellbeing of health care staff

We collaborate intensively within the group, with other research groups at the Department and Faculty, as well as with the Karolinska Institute and international centers. Our research methodology involves qualitative and quantitative methods, from laboratory work to clinical epidemiology, increasingly focusing on intervention studies, often in collaboration with other departments. In collaboration with other research groups within the Department of Women's and Children's Health, a biobank with blood samples from pregnancy from over 12,000 women has been established.

Specific projects are described under the heading Main fields of research and projects.