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Rebecka Dalbye

Rebecka Dalbye


Rebecka Dalbye implemented and completed a national multicentre cluster randomized trial with more than 7000 women as her PhD project and published the main results in The Lancet in 2019.  The topic for this research project was labour progression and optimizing care to reduce unnecessary interventions in labour. From 2023 she leads The Norwegian WHO Labour Care Guide trial: a stepped wedge multicentre cluster randomised trial for safety and wellbeing in labour.

Her research interest focus on labour progression and optimizing labour and birth care. 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. The goal of her research is to reduce unnecessary and harmful interventions in childbirth.

She has her PhD from OsloMet (2019), and her Master degree in Reproductive and Perinatal health from University of Gothenburg (2010).

Rebecka Dalbye is a member of the Research Talent Development Program at OsloMet, a 75% position for one year.

At OsloMet, she is supervising students at the Master program in Midwifery.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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, Rebecka; Bernitz, Stine; Olsen, Inge Christoffer; Blix, Ellen; Øian, Pål; Eggebø, Torbjørn Moe (2019). Zhang's guidelines vs WHO guidelines for diagnosing labour dystocia - Authors' reply. The Lancet.

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