Helen Elden


Co-investigator for GO PROVE


Helen is a full professor in reproductive and perinatal health and the research group leader for the SRPH (Sexual-Reproductive Perinatal Health) research group at the institution of health and care sciences, the Sahlgrenska academy, University of Gothenburg. She is also currently working as a professor/ senior consultant university hospital midwife at the department of obstetrics and gynecology, Sahlgrenska university hospital, Gothenburg.

She defended her thesis ‘’Treatment Modalities for Pelvic Girdle pain in Pregnant Women’’ in 2008. Helen has been the project leader for five randomised controlled trials and is currently in the steering committee for two big national multicenter RCTs. She has been the main supervisor for two PhD students and is currently the main supervisor for one Post doc and one PhD student (Lilja Thorgeirsdottir in the GO-PROVE project) and co-supervisor for two PhD students.

Her main research interest is: Acupuncture; pelvic girdle pain in relation to pregnancy, treatment strategies for post-term pregnancy (The Swedish Postterm InductionStudy, SWEPIS), induction of labour (OutPatientIndutiON, OPTION study), pregnancy and childbirth as a political process (PREGDEM), preeclampsia (GO-PROVE), un-documented pregnant women’s experiences, Obstetric triage of pregnant and newly delivered (Gothenburg Obstetric Triage System, GOTS). She is also the responsible researcher for the Swedish group in the IMAgiNE EURO project (Improving MAternal Newborn care) i.e., views and experiences of women giving birth, as well as health workers involved in maternal and newborn care in 17 countries in Europe during the covid-19 pandemic.

She is a member in the national ethics committee’ and The Staf portal at Sahlgrenska academy. University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden. She is a lecturer, course leader and course examinator and gives lectures on advanced levels e.g. the Midwifery program, the Master program in Reproductive and perinatal health and in PhD courses both at the University of Gothenburg and in Vastra Gotaland, Sweden.