Bente Dahl

Bente Dahl


Faculty of Health and Social Sciences
Department of Nursing and Health Sciences
Campus Vestfold (C3-41)
I am Professor and a nurse/ midwife with more than 25 years of experience in clinical and academic nursing and midwifery. I have degrees in languages, pedagogy and nursing science from the University of Oslo, and certificates in nursing and midwifery from USN and Oslo Metropolitan University (Oslo Met). In 2015, I completed my PhD “Queer challenges in maternity care” at the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Bergen. Prior to commencing on my PhD, I gained extensive experience in teaching nursing and midwifery at Oslo Met and USN. From 1998 – 2007, I worked as a clinical midwife/ Professional Development Midwife in the specialist health services (maternity clinics).


Course leader: Philosophy of Science and Research Methods in Midwifery (10ECTS). Campus Vestfold, 2014- to date.
Course leader: Master’s Thesis (30ECTS). Campus Vestfold, 2014- to date.
Participant research projects: Life after the loss/ Midwifery Models of Care – mapping the scene/ Metasynthesis Antenatal Care/ Disturbed Maternal Affection and Mother-Child Interaction.


Areas of interest:
My main research interests involve increasing equity in midwifery care for marginalized and disadvantaged groups of women and their families. This includes developing knowledge about lesbian women’s maternity care experiences and different ways of developing parental identity in de-novo families. I am also interested in authoritative midwifery knowledge and midwifery models as a means to strengthen the art of midwifery.

Teaching/ subject areas:
Qualitative methods (phenomenological-hermeneutical/ thematic analysis/ metaethnography), philosophy of science/theoretical perspectives in midwifery.


Academic qualifications:
2015 Philosophiae Doctor (PhD), Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Bergen
2006   Master of Nursing Science, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo
1995 Candidata Magisterii (Cand.Mag), Faculty of Social Sciences/ Faculty of Humanities, University of Oslo

Pedagogical qualifications:
2018 Developing doctoral supervision. University College of South-Eastern Norway.
2008 Postgraduate Certificate Teaching in Professional Education, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences
1995 Pedagogy, intermediate subject, University of Oslo
Professional qualifications:
1991 Midwifery Certificate, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences
1988 General Nursing Certificate, Vestfold College of Higher Education

Work experience:
Pedagogical posts:
2015 – to date Associate Professor, USN
2014 – 2015 Assistant Professor, USN
2011 – 2015 Research Fellow, University of Bergen UiB, Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care
2007 – 2014 Assistant Professor, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Science

Clinical posts:
2012 – to date Nurse specialist
1992 - 2007  Clinical midwife/ Professional development midwife/ Assistant head of department
1988 - 1990 Clinical nurse


Stavdal, M.N., Skjævestad, M.L.L. & Dahl, B. (2019). First-time parents´ experiences of proximity and intimacy after childbirth - a qualitative study. Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare, (20) 66-71.

Aanensen, E.H, Skjoldal, K., Sommerseth, E. & Dahl, B. (2018). Easy to believe in, but hard to carry out - Norwegian midwives’ experiences of promoting normal birth in an obstetric-led maternity unit. International Journal of Childbirth, 8(3), DOI: 10.1891/2156-5287.8.3.167

Røseth, I., Bongaardt, R., Lyberg, A., Sommerseth, E. & Dahl, B.  (2018). New mothers struggles to love their child. An interpretative synthesis of qualitative studies. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being

Lyberg, A., Dahl, B., Haruna, M., Matsuzaki, M. & Severinsson, E. (2018). Links between patient safety and fear of childbirth – a meta study of qualitative research. Nursing Open

Dahl, B, Åkenes-Carsen, S. & Severinsson, E. (2017). The use and misuse of mobile phones in the maternity ward – a threat to patient safety? Open Journal of Nursing, 7(6), 707-719, Doi: 10.4236/ojn.2017.76053

Jacobsen, K.S. & Dahl, B. (2017). More than just a child - Solo mothers' maternity care experiences. Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare, 12, 58-63. Doi:

Erland, E., & Dahl, B. (2017). Midwives experiences of caring for pregnant women admitted to Ebola centres in Sierra Leone. Midwifery,

Dahl, B., Hermansen, M. & Severinsson, E. (2017). Lost in a nameless chaos - women’s experiences of postpartum depression. A meta-ethnographic study. Open Journal of Nursing, 7(8), 962-977, Doi: 10.4236/ojn.2017.78071.

Skirnisdottir Vik, E., Haukeland, G.T. & Dahl, B. (2016). Women’s experiences with giving birth before arrival. (2016). Midwifery, 42, 10-15.

Dahl, B. & Malterud, K. (2015). Neither father nor biological mother. A qualitative study about lesbian co-mothers’ maternity care experiences. Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare, 6(3), 169-173. Doi: 10.1016/j.srhc.2015.02.002

Dahl, B., Fylkesnes, A. M., Sørlie, V. & Malterud, K. (2013). Lesbian women’s experiences with healthcare providers in the birthing context: A meta-ethnography. Midwifery, 29(6), 674-681. Doi: 10.1016/j.midw.2012.06.008.Epub 2012 Aug 16.

Spidsberg, B.D.& Sørlie, V. (2012). An expression of love – midwives’ experiences in the encounter with lesbian women and their partners. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 68(4), 796-805. Doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2011.05780.x. Epub 2011 Jul 22.

Spidsberg, B.D. (2007). Vulnerable and strong – lesbian women encountering maternity care. Journal of Advanced Nursing 60(5), 478-486.