Prof. Erich Saling, FRCOG, FIAPM
“Father of Perinatal Medicine”
The Berlin professor Erich Saling is a
significant pathfinder of the medical field called
“Perinatal Medicine” which cares for mothers
and infants before, during, and after birth.
In 1960 professor Saling performed the first
direct examination of the unborn child, the “fetal
micro blood analysis”, opening the door to prenatal
He is also the founder of the first national as
well as the first international special society of Perinatal
Medicine. His significant contributions led to the expansion of
this specialty. The international community of colleagues
therefore calls him the “Father of Perinatal Medicine”.
In 1988 the Berlin Senate distinguished professor
Saling by awarding him the Ernst-Reuter medal for his services.
In 2001 he was decorated with the Order of the Federal Republic
of Germany, 1st class by the President of the German Republic,
Johannes Rau. In 2000 the “World Association of Perinatal
Medicine” established an award named after professor Saling
as a special honor. This award is given every two years to the best
scientist in the field of Perinatal Medicine. In May 2005 Prof.
Saling has been elected as president of the new founded
“International Academy of Perinatal Medicine”, and in
September 2010 he was re-elected for the next five years.
Since the 1970s Prof. Saling was the Director of
the Institute of Perinatal Medicine of the Free University of
Berlin and the Director of the Department
of Obstetrics in the community Hospital Berlin Neukölln (Germany).
During his responsibility over 60 000 children were born. In
order to be able to continue his work to improve the health of mother
and child, he founded the non-profit “Erich Saling-Institute of
Perinatal Medicine e.V.”. Even after “retirement” he
thus developed one of his best achievements: The Self-Care-Program for pregnant