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Rebecka Dalbye

Rebecka Dalbye


Rebecka Dalbye is an Associate Professor at the Masters Program in Midwifery, Faculty of Health Sciences at OsloMet, and a researcher at the Womens Clinic, Østfold Hospital. Dalbye conducted a national multicenter cluster-randomized trial involving over 7000 women for her doctoral project, publishing the main results in The Lancet in 2019. The research project focused on labor progression and optimizing care to reduce cesarean section and unnecessary interventions during childbirth. From 2023, she is the principal investigator (PI) for the Norwegian WHO Labour Care Guide trial: a stepwedge multicenter cluster-randomized study to evaluate WHOs Labour Care Guide at ten hospitals in Norway.

Her research interest focus on labour progression. Furthermore, the practice of routine over-medicalization of normal pregnancy and childbirth, which includes the unnecessary or incorrect use of non-evidence-based interventions, is of particular interest.

At OsloMet, Dalbye is the program coordinator for the Masters Program in Midwifery, where she also mentors students. Rebecka Dalbye is an Editorial Board Member at BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth.

She holds a PhD from OsloMet (2019), and a Master degree in Reproductive and Perinatal Health from the University of Gothenburg (2010). 

Fields of study

Academic disciplines

Health sciences

Subject areas

Midwifery   Randomized controlled studies   Intrapartum caesarean section   De-medicalization of childbirth   Perineal tears trauma   Women's childbirth experience

Research groups

Research projects

Scientific publications

Husby, Anne Engtrø; Simpson, Melanie Rae; Dalbye, Rebecka ; Larsen, Marit; Vanky, Eszter Ilona; Løvvik, Tone Shetelig (2024). Childbirth experiences in women with polycystic ovary syndrome: A cohort study. Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica.

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.

Buerengen, Therese; Bernitz, Stine ; Øian, Pål; Dalbye, Rebecka (2022). Association between one-to-one midwifery care in the active phase of labour and use of pain relief and birth outcomes: A cohort of nulliparous women. Midwifery. Vol. 110.

Dalbye, Rebecka ; Johannessen, Hege Hølmo (2022). Two midwives during the second stage of labour to reduce severe perineal trauma. The Lancet. Vol. 399.

Stafne, Signe Nilssen; Dalbye, Rebecka ; Kristiansen, Oda Margrete; Hjelle, Yvonne Enger; Salvesen, Kjell Å; Mørkved, Siv; Johannessen, Hege Hølmo (2021). Antenatal pelvic floor muscle training and urinary incontinence: A randomized controlled 7-year follow up study. 8 p. International Urogynecology Journal.

Dalbye, Inger Sofie Rebecka ; Aursund, Ingvill; Volent, Veronika; Eggebø, Torbjørn Moe; Øian, Pal; Bernitz, Stine (2021). Associations between duration of active second stage of labour and adverse maternal and neonatal outcomes: A cohort study of nulliparous women with spontaneous onset of labour. 5 p. Sexual & Reproductive HealthCare. Vol. 30.

Rozsa, Daniella Judit; Dalbye, Rebecka ; Bernitz, Stine ; Blix, Ellen ; Dalen, Ingvild; Braut, Geir Sverre; Eggebø, Torbjørn Moe; Øian, Pål; Sande, Ragnar (2021). The effect of Zhang’s guideline versus the WHO partograph on childbirth experience measured by the Childbirth Experience Questionnaire in the Labor Progression Study (LaPS): A cluster randomized trial. 6 p. Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica.

Gjærum, Ragnhild; Johansen, Ingvild; Øian, Pål; Bernitz, Stine ; Dalbye, Rebecka (2021). Associations between cervical dilatation on admission and mode of delivery, a cohort study of Norwegian nulliparous women. 5 p. Sexual & Reproductive HealthCare. Vol. 31.

Dalbye, Rebecka ; Gunnes, Nina; Blix, Ellen ; Zhang, Jun; Eggebø, Torbjørn Moe; Nistov, Linn Tokheim; Øian, Pål; Bernitz, Stine (2020). Maternal body mass index and risk of obstetric, maternal, and neonatal outcomes: A cohort study of nulliparous women with spontaneous onset of labor. Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica. Vol. 100.

Dalbye, Inger Sofie Rebecka ; Bernitz, Stine ; Inge Christoffer, Olsen; Zhang, Jun; Eggebø, Torbjørn Moe; Rozsa, Daniella Judit; Frøslie, Kathrine Frey; Øian, Pål; Blix, Ellen (2019). The Labor Progression Study: The use of oxytocin augmentation during labor following Zhang's guideline and the WHO partograph in a cluster randomized trial. Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica. Vol. 98.

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