Understanding childbirth as a complex salutogenic phenomenon: The eu cost birth action special collection

Soo Downe, Jean Calleja Agius, Marie Clare Balaam, Lucy Frith

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Abstract

In 2014, the EU funded a four-year European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Action to address the topic of childbirth. The COST Birth Action was a cross-European network, that brought together over 120 scientists, practitioners, activists and policy makers from 34 countries to work on intrapartum care. The central aim was to advance the state of research and practice in a specific area of great clinical and social importance, intrapartum care. The Action used inter and trans-disciplinary approaches to address birth from multiple perspectives and drew on complexity theory and the concept of salutogenesis (wellbeing). This special collection presents six papers produced from the Action and gives a sense of the range and depth of the work conducted. The Collection illustrates the knowledge that can be generated when a diverse group of people come together with a similar goals and perspectives.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0236722
JournalPLoS ONE
Volume15
Issue number8 August 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020

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