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Ellen Blix

Ellen Blix


In 2014, Ellen Blix was the first Norwegian midwife to reach the position Professor in Midwifery Science. She graduated as a nurse in Hammerfest in 1980, as a midwife in Bergen in 1986, and has long clinical experience from maternity care. Since 1980 she has been involved in international solidarity work, in Cambodia, Lebanon and Palestine. She took a master’s degree (MPH) in 2000 and PhD (DrPH) in 2006 at The Nordic School of Public Health in Gothenburg.

She teaches at the master’s program in Midwifery and supervises master’s and PhD candidates.

Her research fields are fetal monitoring, the organization of maternity care, users’ experiences, and medicalization. She regards the Nordic perspective of midwifery, and the use of theories and models in midwifery as important. Blix is one of the editors of the book «Theories and perspectives for midwifery – a Nordic view» (2022), and she organizes the international PhD course «Theories and models for midwifery».

Fields of study

Academic disciplines

Health sciences

Subject areas

Epidemiology   Midwifery   Normal birth   Fetal surveillance   Place og birth



Research groups

Research projects

Scientific publications

Nørstebø, Heidi Strand; Nilsen, Anne Britt Vika; Blix, Ellen; Bakken, Kjersti Sletten; Eri, Tine Schauer (2023). Births in freestanding midwifery-led units in Norway: What women view as important aspects of care. Sexual & Reproductive HealthCare. Vol. 36.

Vedeler, Carina; Eri, Tine Schauer; Nilsen, Roy Miodini; Blix, Ellen; Downe, Soo; van der Wel, Kjetil A.; Nilsen, Anne Britt Vika (2023). Women’s negative childbirth experiences and socioeconomic factors: Results from the Babies Born Better survey. Sexual & Reproductive HealthCare. Vol. 36.

Engelhart, Christina Hernandez; Brurberg, Kjetil Gundro; Aanstad, Kristin Jerve; Pay, Aase Serine Devold; Kaasen, Anne; Blix, Ellen; Vanbelle, Sophie (2023). Reliability and agreement in intrapartum fetal heart rate monitoring interpretation: A systematic review. 15 p. Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica. Vol. 102.

Myrhaug, Hilde Tinderholt; Kaasen, Anne; Pay, Aase Serine Devold; Henriksen, Lena; Smedslund, Geir; Saugstad, Ola Didrik; Blix, Ellen (2023). Umbilical cord blood acid–base analysis at birth and long-term neurodevelopmental outcomes in children: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Bernitz, Stine; Betran, Ana Pilar; Gunnes, Nina; Zhang, Jun; Blix, Ellen; Øian, Pål; Eggebø, Torbjørn Moe; Dalbye, Rebecka (2023). Association of oxytocin augmentation and duration of labour with postpartum haemorrhage: A cohort study of nulliparous women. Midwifery. Vol. 123.

Henriksen, Lena; Debrecéniová, Janka; Hrabovská, Anna; Pufflerová, Šarlota; Blix, Ellen (2023). Adaption and validation of the childbirth experience questionnaire (CEQ-SK) in Slovakia. European Journal of Midwifery. Vol. 7.

Maimburg, Rikke Damkjær; Blix, Ellen (2022). Perspectives on childbearing. Lundgren, Ingela Marie; Blix, Ellen; Gottfredsdottir, Helga; Wikberg, Anita; Nøhr, Ellen Aagaard (Ed.). Theories and perspectives for midwifery : a Nordic view. p. 95-103. Studentlitteratur AB.

Eri, Tine Schauer; Blix, Ellen; Downe, Soo; Vedeler, Carina; Nilsen, Anne Britt Vika (2022). Giving birth and becoming a parent during the COVID-19 pandemic: A qualitative analysis of 806 women's responses to three open-ended questions in an online survey. 7 p. Midwifery. Vol. 109.

Hálfdánsdóttir, Berglind; Blix, Ellen; Lindgren, Helena; Schroll, Anne-Mette (2022). Place of birth. Lundgren, Ingela Marie; Blix, Ellen; Gottfredsdottir, Helga; Wikberg, Anita; Nøhr, Ellen Aagaard (Ed.). Theories and perspectives for midwifery : a Nordic view. p. 181-193. Studentlitteratur AB.

Jepsen, Ingrid; Blix, Ellen; Cooke, Helen; Adrian, Stine Willum; Maude, Robyn (2022). The overuse of intrapartum cardiotocography (CTG) for low-risk women: An actor-network theory analysis of data from focus groups. Women and Birth. Vol. 35.

These publications are obtained from Cristin. The list may be incomplete