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Our experts

BabyCenter wants to be the most reliable online source for parents and expectant parents. Therefore, our articles are not only state-of-the-art, but are also checked for accuracy by proven specialists. Below is a list of all the experts who work for BabyCenter Germany, Austria and Switzerland and answer your questions.

BabyCenter Team

Our team is made up of women journalists who have many years of experience in health, medicine, family and law. Most of us are also mothers ourselves and therefore also familiar with the practical side.

Bernd Augustin


Bernd Augustin has a practice as an orthopedist in Hamburg and carries out orthopedic surgery in the Albertinen Hospital in Schnelsen (Hamburg).

Dr. med. Kai Buck


Medical specialist for Urology. Group practice with a colleague in Velbert

Dr. Robert Fischer

Reproductive medicine

Gynecologist specializing in gynecological endocrinology and reproductive medicine, in particular assisted reproduction. He has been working in the field of IVF treatment since 1983. Fischer is co-founder (1998) and one of three senior physicians of the Fertility Center Hamburg. Dr. Fischer is married and father of a daughter.

Mirjam spark


Mirjam Funke finished her studies as Diplom Oecotrophologin 2005 at HS Fulda. She trained as a nutritionist at the German Nutrition Society (DGE). Her work focuses include lactose intolerance and nutrition during pregnancy and lactation. Since the beginning of 2008 she works as a freelancer.

Dr. med. Corinna Heitmann

Gynecologist, fertility expert

Specialist in gynecology and obstetrics, IFEPAG graduate (pediatric gynecology), consultant UKGM Marburg

Dorothea Held-Samsche


Pedagogical director of the ASB Kita Burgwedel in Hamburg, educator specializing in Reggio-pedagogy
On the Internet: www.asb-hamburg.de

Dr. med. Antje Hofele


Specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Studied in Freiburg and Hamburg, PhD at the University Women's Hospital in Lübeck. Senior physician at the Asklepios Breast Center in the Asklepios Klinik Barmbek (Hamburg). The main focus of Dr. med. Hofele are breast surgery and breast cancer diagnostics and therapy.

Dr. med. Birgit Kaliner


Specialist in gynecology and obstetrics specializing in natural healing and acupuncture. She is working in practice and clinic in Hamburg.

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Gesine Kögler

Expert in stem cell research

Mrs. Prof. dr. Kögler works at the University Hospital Düsseldorf in the Institute for Transplantation Diagnostics and Cell Therapeutics. She is the director of José Carreras umbilical cord blood stem cell bank, on the Internet at www.stammzellbank.de

Iris Lange-Fricke

nutrition expert

Iris Lange-Fricke is a cook, ecotrophologist, recipe developer and nutritionist with her own practice in Hamburg. She is a member of the Association of Oecotrophologists e.V. and qualified diet and nutrition consultant VFED.
More on her homepage: www.irislange.com

Matthias Lippert


Specialist lawyer for employment law in a law office in Saarbrücken. He also specializes in consumer law and is a consultant at the consumer center in Saarland.
On the Internet: Kanzlei Rapräger, Hoffmann & Partner

Dr. Hans-Ulrich Neumann


Specialist in paediatrics, allergist and pulmonologist.

Prof. Dr. Dietmar Oesterreich


Vice President of the Federal Dental Association (www.bzaek.de) and President of the Dentistry Chamber of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

Melanie Schüer


Melanie Schüer is an educational scientist (Master of Arts) with various training courses, ia. to the health consultant for pregnant women. She works as a freelance author, especially in the children's book section, and advises online and on-site parents of babies with crying and sleeping problems (www.neuewege.me).

Simone Uth


Simone Uth works in Norderstedt near Hamburg. She is not only familiar with all traditional midwifery activities, from prenatal care and all examinations to childbed care and postnatal exercise, but she is also a naturopath and knows about acupuncture, homeopathy and taping.

Friederike Zastera

M.Sc. Psychologist (Master of Science)

Friederike Zastera works at the Curschmann Clinic in Timmendorf and also completes her training as a psychotherapist. In her work, she has dealt extensively with child and adolescent psychology and also researched about typical strains of women.

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