Sahar Hassan PhD, BSN, MSN, CNM is a USA graduate, Masters in Nursing Science from the University of Pennsylvania, USA and holds PhD in Women’s Health from University of Oslo, Norway. Dr. Sahar is an Assistant Professor of Women’s Health at the Faculty of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Health Professions, Department of Nursing. She teaches various courses to the undergraduate nursing students. In addition, she is co-leading a multi-center clinical research in 6 Palestinian Governmental hospital from the West Bank and Gaza in the area of Maternal Health. In her current role (Post-doctoral Research Associate) in this research, she supervises and co-supervise 3 Palestinian OB/Gyn physicians from the Palestinian Ministry of Health in the conduct of their scholarly work for their PhD degrees at the University of Oslo, monitors and oversees more than 60 midwives for integrating E-health through data registration and data entry on DHIS2. Sahar has a longstanding nursing and midwifery leadership experience in Palestine, having worked in government and non-government clinical and educational organizations. She has numerous publications and international presentations to her credit that focus on assessment of quality of care during normal childbirth, shedding light on the working condition of maternal healthcare providers, supported midwives in local hospitals to translate some evidences into practice during normal childbirth, postnatal care through home-visiting program, maternal morbidity and maternal near miss. She participated in multidisciplinary multi-country networks and research teams focused on reproductive health, midwifery, maternal and newborn health, morbidities and near miss conditions. Sahar is a reviewer for many scientific journals, has published 10 peer-reviewed research papers. She led interdisciplinary national teams, carried out many national and regional professional consultancies in the area of curriculum development and evaluation, clinical guidelines and protocols and evaluation of health workforce. She is also on the Research Advisory Network (RAN) working on the Research Agenda for ICM, a member of the a multidisciplinary regional Reproductive Health Working Group (RHWG) and a co-founder of the Palestinian Midwives’ National Committee. She presented many papers at national, regional and international conferences and was invited to present in both regional and global conferences.
Publications in Referred Journals
- Bashour H., Saad-Haddad G., DeJong J., Ramadan M.C., Hassan S., Breebaart M., Wick L., Hassanein N. and Kharouf M. (2015). A cross sectional study of maternal ‘near-miss’ cases in major public hospitals in Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 15:296
- Hassan S., Wick L., DeJong J. (2015). A glance into the hidden burden of maternal morbidity and patterns of management in a Palestinian governmental referral hospital. Women and Birth. Dec;28(4):e148-56.
- Hassan S. (2014). Improving the Quality of Childbirth Care in Palestine: Example from a Governmental Hospital. University of Oslo, PhD Thesis.
- Hassan S., Sundby J., Abdullatifh A., Bjertnes E. (2013). Translating evidence into practice in childbirth: A case from the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Women Birth. 2013 Jun; 26(2):e82-9.
- Wick L, Hassan S. (2012). No safe place for childbirth: women and midwives bearing witness, Gaza 2008–09. Reproductive Health Matters, 20(40):7-15.
- Hassan S., Sundby J., Abdullatifh A., Bjertnes E. (2012). The paradox of vaginal examination practice during normal childbirth: Palestinian women’s feelings, opinions, knowledge and experiences. Reproductive Health 2012, 9(16):1-9
- Hassan-Bitar S. and Narrainen S. (2011).“Shedding light on the challenges faced by Palestinian Maternal Health Care Providers”. Midwifery 27:154-159.
- Abdul Rahim H., Wick L, Halileh S., Hassan S., Chekir H., Watt G., Khawaja M. (2009). “Maternal and Child health in the Occupied Palestinian Territory”. The Lancet, March 5, (09)60108-2.
- Nahed Mikki, Nivin A. Rmeileh, Laura Wick, Nihad A. Asab and Hassan-Bitar S. (2009). “Caesarean delivery rates, determinants and indications in Makassed Hospital, Jerusalem 1993 and 2002.” The Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 15 (4): 868-878.
- Hassan-Bitar S. and Wick L. (2007). “Evoking the Guardian Angel: Childbirth care in a Palestinian hospital”. Reproductive Health Matters 15 (30): 103-113
Published Abstracts and professional reports
- Hassan S. (2015). Exploring postnatal maternal morbidity through home-visits: A prospective community-based study in a Palestinian rural village, West Bank. ITM’s 57th Colloquium: Towards Better Maternal & Neonatal Health Conference. Held on the 24 to 27 November 2015 in Rabat, Morocco. Published in the conference book. Conference abstract.
- Hassan S., Sundby J., Abdullatifh A., Bjertnes E. (2013). Medicalisation of childbirth in the occupied Palestinian territory: an operational study. The Lancet, Volume 382, Page S18, 5th December 2013. Online abstract.
- Hassan S., Sundby J., Abdullatifh A., Bjertnes E. (2012). Palestinian Women's Feelings and Opinions about Vaginal Examinations During Normal Childbirth, The Lancet; October 8, 2012. Online abstract.
- Hassan S. and Wick L. (2010). “Women in labour and midwives during Israeli assault on Gaza: between bullets and labour pains”. The Lancet June 11, Doi: 10.1016/s0140-6736(10)60821-5. Online abstract.
- Hassan S. (2006). “Needs Assessment of Maternity Services in Ramallah Governmental Hospital”Report. The Institute of Community and Public Health, Birzeit University.
- “Midwifery Profession Strategic Plan”. National Plan for Human Resource Development and Education in HealthReport, Funded by Welfare Association. Team leader.
- Hassan S. (1997). “The Midwifery Human Resources and Scope of Practice in Palestine”Report. Funded by NORWAC. (Published by the midwifery team at the Health Council).
- Hassan S. (1995). A Survey on Mothers’ Satisfaction in the Maternity Units at Makassed Hospital. Report for the hospital use.(Not published).
- Hassan S. (2015). A guide to postnatal home visits for mothers and newborns: For use of community health workers, midwives and nurses. Institute of Community and Public Health, Birzeit University, Birzeit, Palestine. (In Arabic). Pocket guide.
- Hassan S. (2014). Home visits: crucial need for maternal and newborn health. Institute of Community and Public Health, Birzeit University, Birzeit, Palestine. (In Arabic). Policy Brief.
- UNFPA, Ministry of Health. (2002-2005) “Obstetric and Neonatal Emergencies: Guidelines and Protocols for Obstetricians, General Practitioners and midwives”. Role: Co-author, Team Leader, Coordinator.
- Hassan S. (2007). “Health Education Guide for midwives and nurses: Health education for mothers after birth”. Institute of community and Public Health, Birzeit University. Pocket guide.
- Hassan S. (2006). “Normal Childbirth Statistical Record for Midwives”. Institute of community and Public Health, Birzeit University. Booklet for the use of midwives.
- MARAM USAID PROJECT. (2001). “Normal childbirth, postnatal care Protocols and guidelines for use in Maternity homes”. Role: Consultant and main author
- Makassed Hospital. (1995). “Policies and Procedures for midwifery Practice and Maternity unit at Makassed Hospital”. Role: Co-author, main leader and coordinator.