The German Society of Midwifery Science (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Hebammenwissenschaft e.V.) was established in 2008. As a scientific society it aims to promote midwifery science in research and education, foster scientific discourse in midwifery whilst ensuring a theoretical and methodological scientific pluralism, and to make research findings available to the public.
The Society supports research and development projects, facilitates the dissemination of findings in midwifery research, and assists in their translation into clinical practice and education. As a scientific society, however, the DGHWi does not undertake the drawing up of research proposals, or the implementation of research projects. Nor does it provide services for empirical studies, individual academic work (such as Bachelor, Master, or Doctoral theses), or other projects. The Society does not manage a database.
The German Society of Midwifery Science meets annually and organises scientific congresses on a regular basis.
The German Society of Midwifery Science joined the group of scientific societies entitled to make a statement prior to the finalisation of health-related policy issues in 2012. The Society is explicitly acknowledged by the Federal Joint Committee (Gemeinsamer Bundesausschuss, or G-BA), which is the “highest decision-making body of the joint self-government of physicians, dentists, hospitals and health insurance funds in Germany” (www.english.g-ba.de).
The German Society of Midwifery Science is a non-profit organisation which serves the common public interest.
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Hebammenwissenschaft e.V.