Finnish Network for Birth and Childbearing Research (BIRRES)

HEBI hosts a large interdisciplinary network called Finnish Network for Birth and Childbearing Research (BIRRES) that has nearly 30 members from senior scholars to graduate students. Birres members represent different fields of inquiry, including social sciences, medicine, health studies, psychology, public health, adult education and technology.

Birres meets online monthly during the school year and acts as a collaborative hub for inspiration, academic exchange and advice. All researchers and graduate students working on theses in the areas of pregnancy, birth, postpartum phase or childbearing in more generally are warmly welcome to join! 

Founding Member and Organizer: Kaisa Kuurne (

Coordinator: Eeva Itkonen ( To join the network, please contact Eeva.  


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