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Amelie Kolandt

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Charité - University Medicine Berlin
Thielallee 71
14195 Berlin

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Amelie Kolandt has been working as a research associate at the Institute for the History of Medicine and Ethics in Medicine at Charité since 2022. As a PhD student at the institute, she has already been researching the German care situation regarding abortions since 2019. In the context of her PhD project, the care situation with regard to miscarriages and stillbirths in Germany will additionally be recorded.

Current research project

The research project "Zugang, Möglichkeiten und Herausforderungen in Bezug auf Schwangerschaftsabbrüche, Fehl- und Totgeburten in Deutschland" ("Access, Opportunities and Challenges in relation to abortions, miscarriages and stillbirths in Germany") is divided into two study sections. In the first section, 43 expert:nnen interviews have already been conducted on the topic of abortions.

The data already collected indicate an impending supply bottleneck. Possible reasons for this are the tabooing of the procedure in society as a whole and in the medical context, the stigmatization of those affected and of medical staff, the lack of training and further education opportunities, and criminalization due to the German legal situation. In order to understand the care situation and possible further problems from the patient's point of view, it is now essential to supplement the state of research with the affected person's perspective. This will be surveyed in the second section of the research project. In addition, the German care situation with regard to abortions (miscarriages and stillbirths) will be examined as a comparative element related to the topic. Here, too, assessments and experiences of experts (doctors, midwives) as well as of those affected will be collected.

Research focus

  • Health care situation with regard to abortions in Germany
  • Care situation in relation to stillbirth and miscarriage in Germany

Vita Amelie Kolandt

Amelie Kolandt studied musicology and French at the Humboldt University of Berlin (Bachelor of Arts 2015; thesis Klingende Neuronen: neuronale Ressourcen der Musik- und Sprachverarbeitung im Gehirn), where she gained first qualitative as well as interdisciplinary research experience. From 2015, she studied human medicine at Charité and was an active member of Medical Students for Choice Berlin from 2017 until her graduation in 2021. Together with her colleagues in the working group, she was awarded the Margherita von Brentano Prize of Freie Universität in 2019 in recognition of her outstanding commitment to better anchoring the topic of abortion in medical education. In the same year, while studying for her doctorate, she began researching the health care situation with regard to abortion under Prof. Susanne Michl at the Institute for the History of Medicine and Ethics in Medicine. Since 2022, she has been an MD/PhD candidate at Charité and continues her research work within this framework as a research associate at the Institute. Additionally, she works as a surgeon in advanced training in Berlin.