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Wibke Jonas

Assistant professor

About me

I was born and raised in Germany and received my degree in midwifery from the Rheinische Friedrich Wilhelms University of Bonn, Germany in 1996. Since 1999 I live in Stockholm, Sweden, where I furthered my practical and theoretical skills as a midwife.

Currently, I am an assistant professor at the Department of Women's and Children's health at KI. 


Throughout the years, I have been working as a midwife at the ante-, labour- and postnatal wards at BB Stockholm, Danderyds Hospital and at BB Stockhom family (former Old Town Midwives in Stockholm). 

Since 2009 I have been a lecturer at the Midwifery programme at the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health at KI, where I have been teaching midwifery students and supervising master students. In my teaching, I have been focusing on "Internationalisation of the curriculum" and developed an international and online-based course "Intercultural perspectives on reproductive health" for midwifery students at KI and in the Netherlands (Midwifery Academy Amsterdam groningen, AVAG) and Malawi (Kamuzu College of Nursing, Blantyre). 

I was also a member of the organizing committe of the "Neurobiology of Parenting" conference, that was be held in Stockholm, Sweden (August 19-21, 2015). Please see the link above.

Languages: Swedish, English, German.

Research description

For my thesis, I have studied the effects on mothering and breastfeeding of different labor ward routines, including pain relief by epidural analgesia and augmentation of labor through intrapartum oxytocin administration. For my post-doctoral studies at the Department of Psychology, University of Toronto (2012/2013), I worked with Professors Alison Fleming and Meir Steiner on a large, Canadian longitudinal, prospective and multi-center cohort study entitled “Maternal Adversity, Vulnerability and Neurodevelopment (MAVAN)”, a project designed to understand the pre- and postnatal (up to 10 years) influences on maternal health and child social-emotional and cognitive development, focusing on genetic and environmental influences.

I was also an appointed fellow of the Fraser Mustard Institute for Human Development at the University of Toronto, and I have been working with another Toronto Birth (and family) Cohort (the OBS). The focus of my work on both these cohorts has been to better understand factors that regulate birthing and breastfeeding by the mothers and the effects of these maternal outcomes on child development. 

Dr. Jonas has received funding from various funding agencies including the Swedish Council for Work Life and Social Research (FORTE), the Fernström Foundation at KI and Sällskapet Barnavård at Karolinska Hospital, and by a Canadian Institutes for Health Research grant (Fleming, P.I.).


1996 Registered Midwife, Rheinische Friedrich Wilhelms Universität, University Hospital, Bonn, Germany


Doctoral degree

2009–09-21 Thesis: “Mother and newborn adaptations after birth: Influence of administration of oxytocin and epidural analgesia during labour”, Karolinska Institutet

Academic honours, awards and prizes

‘Hot topic’ presentation – 9 out of over 100 abstracts were selected for a plenary presentation at the ‘Parental Brain Conference’ in Regensburg, Germany (11-14/7 2013).

Winner of a ‘Best Scientific Poster Award’ at the Connaught Global Challenge International Symposium “Investing in Mothers and Children” (Fraser Mustard Institute for Human Development), University of Toronto 27-29/9 2012.

Travel award for “Northeastern ADVANCE Future Faculty Workshop” at the World Conference on Neurohypophysial Hormones, Boston, Northeastern University (26-30/7/2011). Unfortunately, I had to cancel participation.

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