Research in Midwifery

The Midwifery Science Research Unit promotes quality in obstetrics and midwifery through applied research and development projects by focusing on the best possible care for women, children and families during pregnancy and childbirth, the postpartum period and breastfeeding.

Key research subjects

  • Evidence-based practice in midwifery
  • Quality assurance and development in midwifery
  • Development and evaluation of new obstetric care models
  • Birth and obstetrical care from the point of view of women
  • Evaluations, expert opinions and counselling on obstetrics

What we offer

Our research team offers the following services to clients and practice partners:

  • Development and implementation of research projects with social and health institutions
  • Compilation of overview work and systematic literature reviews including meta-analyses
  • Collection and analysis of qualitative and quantitative obstetric data
  • Evaluations and expert opinions
  • Collection and analysis of qualitative and quantitative obstetric data

Projects and publications

The Midwifery Science Research Unit prioritises the best possible care for women, children and families during pregnancy and childbirth, the postpartum period and breastfeeding with a particular focus on evidence-based practice in obstetrics, the quality assurance and development of midwifery activities and healthcare research. All projects and publications of the Midwifery Science Research Unit are listed in the ZHAW project and publication database according to their start date and publication date.

Clients and research partners

We develop offers that are tailored to the needs and questions of our practice partners and clients For this purpose a wide range of quantitative and qualitative research methods and other tools are available to us. We offer a modern infrastructure and a wide range of competencies, supplemented by interdisciplinary networking within ZHAW as well as by our close cooperation with international experts in various subject areas. In interdisciplinary projects we work together with the Occupational Therapy, Nursing, Physiotherapy and Health Sciences research groups at the School of Health Professions.

Our research team

Our research team consists of researchers from the disciplines of Midwifery Science, Nursing Science, Sociology and Statistics. The employees are familiar with the recording, evaluation and dissemination of qualitative and quantitative data as well as systematic literary reviews and expert opinions.