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Dr. Mechthild M. Gross

Dr. Mechthild M. Gross I am a trained nurse midwife and obtained a Masters degree in Psychology from the University of Constance. After my PhD in 2000 (Bremen University), I joined the Hanover Medical School, in Hanover Germany, as a research fellow and a consultant midwife.

Since then, I have been setting up a Midwifery Research and Education Unit and have published widely in the area of midwifery. I also have a long-standing interest in the academic training of midwives. Following an ICM workshop on midwifery research in Tuebingen, Germany in 1989, I founded and have chaired the annual research conferences for German speaking midwives for 18 years.

Currently I still work as a practising midwife in a tertiary hospital, devoting half of my time to research. Additionally, I am involved in teaching medical students, and preparing for midwife led models of care. Since September 2009, I am the Head of the European Masters of Science in Midwifery at the Hanover Medical School. In 2010, my postdoctoral thesis (Venia legendi) was accepted by the Hanover Medical School.