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Dr. Anne Berndl

Associate scientist

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
2075 Bayview Ave., Room M4 136
Toronto, ON
M4N 3M5

Phone: 416-480-4920
Fax: 416-480-4933

Administrative Assistant: Heather Davis
Phone: 416-480-4920


  • B.Sc., 2002, Queen’s University, Canada
  • MD, 2005 McMaster University, Canada
  • Residency, 2011, obstetrics and gynaecology, Dalhousie University, Canada
  • Fellowship, 2014, maternal-fetal medicine, McMaster University, Canada
  • M.Sc., 2014, health research methodologies, McMaster University, Canada

Appointments and Affiliations:

Clinical Foci:

  • Preterm birth
  • Stillbirth 
  • Pregnancy in women with physical disabilities
  • High-risk pregnancy

Research Foci:

  • Prevention of primary caesarean section in nulliparous women (i.e., those giving birth for the first time)
  • Cervical ripening using high-volume Foley catheters
  • Pregnancy in women with physical disabilities

Research Summary:

The way a woman gives birth to her first child can set the stage for the way she gives birth to the rest of her children. One way to increase the probability of safe, vaginal birth in these nulliparous women is to ensure that when they undergo induction of labour, they have optimal cervical ripening, which is necessary for cervical dilation.

Dr. Berndl is interested in how management of labour, especially in nulliparous women, can affect the mode of delivery and maternal and neonatal outcomes.

Her research focuses on the use of high-volume Foley catheters for cervical ripening, as they appear to have the potential to decrease safely the risk of caesarean birth. 

As well, Dr. Berndl is interested in improving quality of pregnancy care and obstetric outcomes for women with physical disabilities. There is minimal information regarding pregnancy outcomes for women with physical disabilities; however this diverse group of women may face a number of medical, social, physical and environmental challenges during pregnancy.

Dr. Berndl’s research strives to understand better the pregnancy experience and obstetrical outcomes of women with disabilities, with the goal of improving maternal and neonatal well-being and access to high-quality pregnancy care.

Selected Publications:

  1. Berndl A, El-Chaar D, Murphy K, McDonald S. Does cervical ripening at term using a high volume Foley catheter result in a lower caesarean section rate than a low volume Foley catheter? A systematic review and meta-analysis. J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 2014 Aug;36(8):678–87.
  2. Berndl A, Pearce K, Mondal T. Fetal echocardiography assists in determining optimal delivery site. J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 2014 Mar;36(3):210–5.
  3. Berndl AM, O'Connell CM, McLeod NL. Fetal movement monitoring: how are we doing as educators? J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 2013 Jan;35(1):22–8.

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