Karin Johnson

PhD Student

About me

I am a clinical PhD student, which means that I am combining research with clinical work at the labour ward. I see a great value in this, as my experiences and encounters with both colleagues and birthing women brings new perspectives to my research. My PhD project concerns the use of medical interventions during labour, mainly caesarean section and oxytocin, and supporting vaginal birth.

The research aim is to increase the knowledge about two frequently used medical interventions in maternity care, and to evaluate implementation strategies in the Swedish maternity care setting. 

Research description

Medical interventions during labour and birth are lifesaving when appropriately used, but do also bring risks of adverse outcomes. Both globally and in Sweden, the use of caesarean section and other medical interventions vary. These variations needs further investigation and with this project we want to investigate the potential impact of both clinical and non-clinical factors, such as teamwork and organizational culture. The project includes both quantitative and qualitative methods. 


Health Care Quality Improvement, Karolinska Institutet 2019/2020

Masters' Degree in Sexual, Reproductive and Perinatal Health, Karolinska Institutet 2017/2018

Registered midwife, Karolinska Institutet 2011-2014

Registered nurse, Karolinska Institutet 2003-2006

Academic honours, awards and prizes

Midwifery-students clinical teaching acknowledgement, Sophiahemmets Högskola 2020