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Several studies have shown a high rate of sickness absence among pregnant women in Denmark - up to 48-58 days during the pregnancy period. Sickness absence is a burden for the workplace and the pregnant woman herself.
Earlier projects has tried to reduce the sickness absence of pregnant employees, but none of them has included the workplaces in their projects.
The aim of this pilot project is to increase the well-being and to reduce sickness absence of pregnant employees. The means to reach this aim is work environment focused counselling of both work place and pregnant employees.
Another aim of the pilot project is to qualify future counselling from midwives and doctors of occupational medicine.
We invite about 225 pregnant employees occupied in industry, eldercare and children's education.
The participants and their employers will receive counselling by a midwife (supervised by af specialist in occupational medicin). The consultations take place at the workplace.
The aim of the counselling is to agree on eventual adjustments at work that might increase the pregnant employee's well-being and reduce her risk of sickness absence.
The pregnant woman's midwife and general practitioner will be informed that she is a part of this project. When the pregnant employee goes on maternity leave, she will be asked to evaluate the project via a questionnaire and - for some - oral feedback.
Danish Health Authority
- Department of Occupational Medicine, Gødstrup Hospital
- Department of Gynecology/Obstetrics, Gødstrup Hospital
Ole Carstensen, Chief physician, Department of Occupational Medicine, Gødstrup Hospital: Tel. +45 7843 3510 or E-mail: email@example.com