STUDY START. At least 10,000 women will be included in the SWEPIS study, which will be led by a steering committee from Sahlgrenska Academy. The study, the largest ever on the topic, is designed to compare induced childbirth in pregnancies that have exceeded 40 weeks. A randomized, register-based, multicenter study will be conducted to assess the consequences of inducing labor in weeks 41 and 42.
The researchers will primarily examine differences in the children’s ill-health and mortality in connection with childbirth and the neonatal period. Ill-health of mothers, mode of delivery, the experiences of the women, the health of the children, development up to the age of four, and health-economic effects will be studied during the three-year project. The hope is to obtain clear results that will determine future practice.
The project includes graduate student and midwife Anna Wessberg, and another graduate student will be hired shortly. Helen Elden, associate professor at the Institute of Health and Care Sciences, is supervising the project. The co-supervisors are Professor Ingela Lundgren and PhD Anna Denker from the same institute, and Professor Henrik Hagberg from the Institute of Clinical Sciences/Perinatal Medical Center at Sahlgrenska University Hospital.