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International Early Labour Research Group


The International Early Labour Research Group is a consortium of multi-disciplinary researchers who have joined forces to develop or understand:

  • The mechanisms of early labour onset
  • A definition of early labour onset
  • Parameters for defining early labour onset and duration among healthy women
  • Management of early labour
  • Women’s experiences of early labour


Name Role and Department Affiliated Institution Email
Gross, Mechthild Professor and Director, Midwifery Research and Education Unit Hannover Medical School
Grylka-Baeschlin, Susanne Professor and Deputy Head of the Research Institute of Midwifery ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences
Hundley, Vanora Professor of Midwifery, Centre for Maternal and Perinatal Health Bournemouth University
Janssen, Patti Professor, School of Population and Public Health University of British Columbia
Spiby, Helen Lead, Maternal Health and Wellbeing Research Group, Professor in Midwifery, School of Health Sciences University of Nottingham
Tilden, Ellen Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Nurse-Midwifery Department, and School of Medicine, OBGYN Department Oregon Health and Science University