Marit L. Bovbjerg
Award: Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award
Institution: Oregon State University
Marit Bovbjerg is an Assistant Professor of epidemiology at Oregon State University. Her research focuses on maternity care in the US, with an emphasis on midwifery care and community birth. Globally, there is abundant evidence suggesting that planned community birth is as safe or safer than planned hospital birth for low-risk women; however, there is currently no consensus about which pregnancies qualify as ‘low-risk’. Dr Bovbjerg and her colleagues have recently been exploring this issue with funding from the US Health Resources and Services Administration and the US National Institutes of Health. She earned her PhD in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an MS in Health Evaluation Sciences as well as a BA in chemistry and music from the University of Virginia. As a Fulbright Scholar she will work with investigators from the National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre, University College Cork, on various projects related to maternity care in Ireland.