Dr. rer. medic. Gertrud Ayerle

Master of Science in Nursing, midwife, registered nurse
Representative for the European Master of Science in Midwifery
Room 211
e-mail: gertrud.ayerle(at)
Phone: +49 (0)345 557 5428 

Vocational training & certificates

  • 2009: Conferring of a doctorate, Doctor rerum medicarum (Doctor of Medical Sciences)
  • 1994: Master of Science in Nursing
  • 1986: Certificate in "Tropical Community Health and Medicine”
  • 1985: Nursing exam
  • 1980: Midwives exam

Professional career

  • since 2004: Scientific staff member at the Institute of Health and Nursing Science, Halle
  • 2006-2007: Scientific staff member at the Hannover Medical School
  • 2003-2004: Student assistant at the Institute of Health and Nursing Science, Halle
  • 1997-2003: Teacher of Midwifery in Koblenz
  • 1994-1996: Clinical associate of the "Catholic University of America" in Washington, DC, in the obstetric department of the Holy Cross Hospital (7000 births per year)
  • 1989-1990: Shift supervisor and midwife at the maternity hospital "Jamaa Maternity" in Nairobi, Kenya
  • 1986-1990: Head nurse and midwife atthe basic health project of the Catholic Church in the slum area "Soweto" in Nairobi, Kenya

Research focus

  • Midwifery science
  • Midwife-relevant healthcare (care of women and families by midwives)
  •   Subjective well-being during pregnancy (doctoral thesis)
  • Evaluation of the effectiveness of family midwives
  • Questionnaire construction and validation (doctoral thesis)
  • Health promotion and prevention

Research projects

  • Survey on the perspectives of office-based pediatricians, obstetricians and family doctors as well as free-lance midwives regarding their cooperation in local/regional networks of early preventive care - pdf
  • Conception and construction of standardized records for documentation by family midwives (commissioned by the “Nationalen Zentrums Frühe Hilfen”) - pdf
  • Expertise regarding the definition of objectives for the professional practice of family midwives - pdf
  • Expertise regarding the content and framework of educational courses in the States of Germany offered for family midwives and similarly qualified pediatric nurses - pdf
  • EarlyStart: Early prevention for infants and their families provided by qualified family midwives in Saxony-Anhalt
  • Family midwives in Saxony-Anhalt: Home-visiting by qualified midwives with additional qualifications
  • BE-UP: Effects of the birthing room environment on vaginal births and client-centred outcomes in women at term planning a vaginal birth: a multicentre RCT



    • 1994: "School of Nursing Dean's Award" (awarded by the dean of the department of nursing) of "The Catholic University of America" in Washington, DC, USA
    • 1995: Admission to the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, USA