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Sara Rivenes Lafontan

Sara Rivenes Lafontan


Sara Rivenes Lafontan is a registered nurse with a Masters degree in International community health and a PhD from the University of Oslo, Faculty of Medicine. Her PhD project was a qualitative study about experiences and perceptions among skilled birth attendants and laboring women about the use of new fetal heart rate technology in Tanzania. Her research areas include experiences of quality of care during pregnancy and childbirth and access to sexual- and reproductive health services in both high- and low income countries. Sara is a member of the research group Safer Births, a global research program for saving lives at birth. She teach and supervise bachelor, master and PhD students. Sara har previously worked at UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, and UNICEF with sexual-and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and sexual- and genderbased violence in countries in central America, Liberia, Syria, Jordan and Mozambique.

Fields of study

Subject areas

Reproductive health   Global Health   Maternal health   Maternity care   Migration health



Scientific publications

Mdoe, Paschal Francis; Mduma, Estomih; Rivenes Lafontan, Sara ; Ersdal, Hege Langli; Massay, Catherine; Daudi, Vickfarajaeli Zebedayo; Kayera, Damas; Mwashemela, Shally; Moshiro, Robert Deogratias; Kamala, Benjamin (2023). Healthcare Workers’ Perceptions on the “SaferBirths Bundle of Care”: A Qualitative Study. Healthcare. Vol. 11.

Jerpseth, Heidi ; Kaasen, Anne ; Rivenes Lafontan, Sara ; Eri, Tine Schauer (2023). Experiences of Norwegian co-parents during COVID-19 pandemic restrictions: A qualitative study. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being. Vol. 18.

Rivenes Lafontan, Sara ; Hougaard, Peter Forde ; Knutstad, Unni ; Jensen, Kari Toverud ; Jerpseth, Heidi (2023). Caught in the Middle—Experiences of Student Peer Mentors in Nursing Education: A Qualitative Study. 11 p. Education Sciences. Vol. 13.

Rivenes Lafontan, Sara ; Kidanto, Hussein; Ersdal, Hege Langli; Mbekenga, Columba K.; Sundby, Johanne (2019). Perceptions and experiences of skilled birth attendants on using a newly developed strap-on electronic fetal heart rate monitor in Tanzania. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. Vol. 19:165.

Lafontan, Sara Rivenes ; Sundby, Johanne; Kidanto, Hussein L.; Mbekenga, Columba; Ersdal, Hege Langli (2018). Acquiring knowledge about the use of a newly developed electronic fetal heart rate monitor: A qualitative study among birth attendants in Tanzania. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH). Vol. 15.

Lafontan, Sara Rivenes ; Sundby, Johanne; Ersdal, Hege Langli; Abeid, Muzdalifat; Kidanto, Hussein; Mbekenga, Columba K. (2018). "I was relieved to know that my baby was safe": women's attitudes and perceptions on using a new electronic fetal heart rate monitor during labor in Tanzania. 12 p. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH). Vol. 15.

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