European Master of Science in Midwifery
Master européen en Sciences Sages-Femmes

Prof. Mechthild M. Gross (RM MSc PhD) - Hanover Medical School

 Prof Mechthild M. Gross    I hold a degree in nursing and midwifery, a Masters degree in psychology, a PhD, and a postdoctoral thesis (Habilitation).

For over 20 years I have been involved in research and clinical practice in midwifery.

At present I am the principal investigator for the German part of the OptiBIRTH-study: Improving the organisation of maternal health service delivery, and optimising childbirth, by increasing vaginal birth after caesarean section through enhanced women-centred care in Germany.

Earlier research projects covered grants from the German Research Council, the European Union, and the Scientific Ministry of North-Rhine Westphalia. Currently, I am the vice chair of the COST Action IS0907: Childbirth Cultures, Concerns, and Consequences: Creating a Dynamic EU Framework for Optimal Maternity Care, and a member of the International Research Group on Early Labour and the German Society of Midwifery Science (DGHWi).

I am based in a clinical environment at a tertiary university hospital and continue to practice as a midwife twice a week, while also holding editorial and reviewing commitments for various medical and midwifery journals and supervising PhD students.

I have published widely and I am a member of the International Confederation of Midwives’ Research Advisory Network.