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  1. Content type: Research

    In Ethiopia, socio-economic inequalities in the utilization of antenatal care (ANC) have long been an obstacle to the country’s effort in achieving universal coverage of the service. The study aimed to investi...

    Authors: Gebretsadik Shibre and Wubegzier Mekonnen

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:99

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  2. Content type: Research

    Inadequate infrastructure, security threats from ongoing armed conflict, and conservative socio-cultural and gender norms that favour large families and patriarchal power structures contribute to poor sexual a...

    Authors: Victoria J. Steven, Julianne Deitch, Erin Files Dumas, Meghan C. Gallagher, Jimmy Nzau, Augustin Paluku and Sara E. Casey

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:98

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    Unmet need for contraception is high during the postpartum period, increasing the risk of unintended subsequent pregnancy. We developed a client facing mobile phone-based family planning (FP) decision aid and ...

    Authors: Rubee Dev, Nancy F. Woods, Jennifer A. Unger, John Kinuthia, Daniel Matemo, Shiza Farid, Emily R. Begnel, Pamela Kohler and Alison L. Drake

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:97

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  4. Content type: Research

    Preconception care refers to things women can do before and between pregnancies to increase the chance of having a healthy baby and being a healthy mother. Unfortunately, millions of women in the world do not ...

    Authors: Tesfanesh Lemma Demisse, Samuel Abdu Aliyu, Sena Belina Kitila, Tiwabwork Tekalign Tafesse, Kelemu Abebe Gelaw and Mulualem Silesh Zerihun

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:96

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  5. Content type: Research

    Swedish national guidelines for pregnancy dating were published in 2010. Follow-up is needed to assess adherence and to identify whether any clinical topics are not covered in the guidelines.

    Authors: Merit Kullinger, Michaela Granfors, Helle Kieler and Alkistis Skalkidou

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:95

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  6. Content type: Review

    One in three women experience intimate partner violence worldwide, according to many primary studies. However, systematic review and meta-analysis of intimate partner violence is very limited. Therefore, we se...

    Authors: Agumasie Semahegn, Kwasi Torpey, Abubakar Manu, Nega Assefa, Gezahegn Tesfaye and Augustine Ankomah

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:93

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  7. Content type: Research

    Caretakers/parents or parents figure need to be trained to promote effective communication about sexual and reproductive health to their adolescents. This study assessed the effect of an intervention aiming to...

    Authors: Saada A. Seif, Thecla W. Kohi and Candida S. Moshiro

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:92

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  8. Content type: Research

    The Preterm Birth Initiative-Rwanda is conducting a 36-cluster randomized controlled trial of group antenatal and postnatal care. In the context of this trial, we collected qualitative data before and after im...

    Authors: Angele Musabyimana, Tiffany Lundeen, Elizabeth Butrick, Felix Sayinzoga, Bernard Ngabo Rwabufigiri, Dilys Walker and Sabine F. Musange

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:90

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  9. Content type: Research

    South Africa faces numerous reproductive challenges that include high rates of unplanned and adolescent pregnancies. The uptake and utilization of family planning services and modern contraception methods depe...

    Authors: Yolandie Kriel, Cecilia Milford, Joanna Cordero, Fatima Suleman, Mags Beksinska, Petrus Steyn and Jennifer Ann Smit

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:89

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  10. Content type: Study protocol

    Prior research from India demonstrates a need for family planning counseling that engages both women and men, offers complete family planning method mix, and focuses on gender equity and reduces marital sexual...

    Authors: Anvita Dixit, Sarah Averbach, Jennifer Yore, Gennifer Kully, Mohan Ghule, Madhusudana Battala, Shahina Begum, Nicole E. Johns, Florin Vaida, Prashant Bharadwaj, Natalie Wyss, Niranjan Saggurti, Jay Silverman and Anita Raj

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:88

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  11. Content type: Research

    Greater paternal engagement is positively associated with improved access to and utilization of maternal services. Despite evidence that male involvement increased uptake of maternal and child services, studie...

    Authors: Sanni Yaya, Friday Okonofua, Lorretta Ntoimo, Ogochukwu Udenigwe and Ghose Bishwajit

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:86

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  12. Content type: Research

    Among HIV serodiscordant couples, most conception involves condomless sex and may confer a period with increased HIV transmission risk if HIV viral load is not suppressed and other precautions are not used. Sa...

    Authors: Grace Kimemia, Kenneth Ngure, Jared M. Baeten, Connie Celum, Kristin Dew, Njambi Njuguna, Nelly Mugo and Renee Heffron

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:85

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  13. Content type: Research

    Low socioeconomic status (SES) is associated with more adverse perinatal health outcomes, risk factors and lower access to and use of maternal health care services. However, evidence for the association betwee...

    Authors: Amanda De Groot, Lisanne Van de Munt, Daniel Boateng, Ary I. Savitri, Edward Antwi, Nienke Bolten, Kerstin Klipstein-Grobusch, Cuno S. P. M. Uiterwaal and Joyce L. Browne

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:84

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  14. Content type: Letter to the Editor

    Authors: Martin C. Koch, Johannes Lermann, Niels van de Roemer, Simone K. Renner, Stefanie Burghaus, Janina Hackl, Ralf Dittrich, Sven Kehl, Patricia G. Oppelt, Thomas Hildebrandt, Caroline C. Hack, Uwe G. Pöhls, Stefan P. Renner and Falk C. Thiel

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:83

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    The original article was published in Reproductive Health 2018 15:113

  15. Content type: Research

    Maternal smoking is still a major public health problem posing the risk of several negative health outcomes for both the pregnant woman and her offspring. The prevalence of maternal smoking in Denmark and othe...

    Authors: Mie Gaarskjaer de Wolff, Mette Grønbæk Backhausen, Mette Langeland Iversen, Jane Marie Bendix, Ane Lilleøre Rom and Hanne Kristine Hegaard

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:82

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  16. Content type: Study protocol

    Infertility affects one in seven couples; many of these need in vitro fertilisation (IVF). IVF involves external hormones to stimulate a woman’s ovaries to produce eggs which are harvested surgically. Embryos,...

    Authors: Abha Maheshwari, Siladitya Bhattacharya, Ursula Bowler, Daniel Brison, Tim Child, Christina Cole, Arri Coomarasamy, Rachel Cutting, Stephen Harbottle, Pollyanna Hardy, Edmund Juszczak, Yacoub Khalaf, Jennifer J. Kurinczuk, Stuart Lavery, Clare Lewis-Jones, Nick Macklon…

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:81

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  17. Content type: Research

    Maternal and neonatal mortality is still very high at a global level, even though its reduction is a goal established among the Sustainable Development Goals by the United Nations. In order to improve prenatal...

    Authors: Patricia Hanna Crispín Milart, Ignacio Prieto-Egido, Cesar Augusto Díaz Molina and Andrés Martínez-Fernández

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:80

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  18. Content type: Research

    Recently WHO researchers described seven dimensions of mistreatment in maternity care that have adverse impacts on quality and safety. Applying the WHO framework for quality care, service users partnered with ...

    Authors: Saraswathi Vedam, Kathrin Stoll, Tanya Khemet Taiwo, Nicholas Rubashkin, Melissa Cheyney, Nan Strauss, Monica McLemore, Micaela Cadena, Elizabeth Nethery, Eleanor Rushton, Laura Schummers and Eugene Declercq

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:77

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  19. Content type: Research

    Fertility rates remain persistently high in Nigeria, with little difference across socioeconomic groups. While the desire for large family size is culturally rooted, there is little understanding of how repeat...

    Authors: Abiodun Idowu Adanikin, Sabu S. Padmadas and Nuala McGrath

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:79

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  20. Content type: Review

    Zambia, with its women having five children on average, is one of the countries in sub-Saharan African with the highest fertility rates. As the country works on expanding its reproductive health programs, this...

    Authors: Pauline Bakibinga, Dennis Matanda, Lyagamula Kisia and Namuunda Mutombo

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:78

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  21. Content type: Research

    Repeated induced abortion is important public health concern both in the developing and developed world that increases maternal morbidity and mortality. The aim of this study was to determine the magnitude and...

    Authors: Bethelihem Alemayehu, Adamu Addissie, Wondimu Ayele, Sisay Tiroro and Demelash Woldeyohannes

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:76

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  22. Content type: Research

    We coordinated community health worker (CHW) promotions with training and support of government clinic nurses to increase uptake of long-acting reversible contraception (LARC), specifically the copper intraute...

    Authors: Amelia Mazzei, Rosine Ingabire, Jeannine Mukamuyango, Julien Nyombayire, Robertine Sinabamenye, Roger Bayingana, Rachel Parker, Amanda Tichacek, Sarah Rae Easter, Etienne Karita, Susan Allen and Kristin M. Wall

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:75

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  23. Content type: Review

    Conclusions about women’s and girls’ sexual history are made in some settings based on assumptions about the hymen, a small membranous tissue with no known biological function, which typically occupies a porti...

    Authors: Ranit Mishori, Hope Ferdowsian, Karen Naimer, Muriel Volpellier and Thomas McHale

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:74

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  24. Content type: Research

    Antenatal care (ANC) is special care for pregnant women with the aim of preventing, detecting and treating health problems in both the fetus and mother. Early ANC attendance promotes early detection and treatm...

    Authors: Haileab Fekadu Wolde, Adino Tesfahun Tsegaye and Malede Mequanent Sisay

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:73

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  25. Content type: Research

    The increasing caesarean delivery rate worldwide is followed by increased maternal morbidity due to pathological placentation, peripartum hysterectomy and obstetric bleeding. The aim of this study was to inves...

    Authors: Paula da Silva Charvalho, Mira Hansson Bittár and Ylva Vladic Stjernholm

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:72

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  26. Content type: Review

    Many women use pharmacological or non-pharmacological pain relief during childbirth. Evidence from Cochrane reviews shows that effective pain relief is not always associated with high maternal satisfaction sco...

    Authors: Gill Thomson, Claire Feeley, Victoria Hall Moran, Soo Downe and Olufemi T. Oladapo

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:71

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  27. Content type: Research

    Birth weight is an important predictor of early neonatal mortality, morbidity, and long-term health outcomes. Annually, approximately 20 million babies are born globally with weights less than 2.5kg. In sub-Sa...

    Authors: Shamsudeen Mohammed, Irene Bonsing, Ibrahim Yakubu and Winifred Porsaa Wondong

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:70

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  28. Content type: Research

    In Nepal, 54% of women have an unmet need for family planning within the 2 years following a birth. Provision of a long-acting and reversible contraceptive method at the time of birth in health facilities coul...

    Authors: Elina Pradhan, David Canning, Iqbal H. Shah, Mahesh Puri, Erin Pearson, Kusum Thapa, Lata Bajracharya, Manju Maharjan, Dev C. Maharjan, Lata Bajracharya, Ganga Shakya and Pushpa Chaudhary

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:69

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  29. Content type: Research

    Safer conception services promote the reproductive health and rights of families, while minimizing HIV transmission risks between partners trying to conceive, as well vertical transmission risks. Implementatio...

    Authors: Sheree Schwartz, Natasha Davies, Nicolette Naidoo, Diantha Pillay, Nokuthula Makhoba and Saiqa Mullick

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16(Suppl 1):65

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 16 Supplement 1

  30. Content type: Research

    Many people living with HIV would like to have children but family planning (FP) services often focus on only contraception. Availability of safer conception services is still very low in most low income count...

    Authors: Violet Gwokyalya, Jolly Beyeza-Kashesya, John Baptist Bwanika, Joseph K. B. Matovu, Shaban Mugerwa, Jim Arinaitwe, Dickson Kasozi, Justine Bukenya, Rosemary Kindyomunda, Glenn J. Wagner, Fredrick E. Makumbi and Rhoda K. Wanyenze

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16(Suppl 1):64

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 16 Supplement 1

  31. Content type: Research

    Late presentation combined with limited engagement in antenatal care (ANC) increases risk of vertical transmission among mothers living with HIV. Female sex workers (FSW) have more than four times greater burd...

    Authors: Lauren Parmley, Amrita Rao, Zamakayise Kose, Andy Lambert, Ryan Max, Nancy Phaswana-Mafuya, Mfezi Mcingana, Harry Hausler, Stefan Baral and Sheree Schwartz

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16(Suppl 1):63

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 16 Supplement 1

  32. Content type: Research

    Kenya has made remarkable progress in integrating a range of reproductive health services with HIV/AIDS services over the past decade. This study describes a sub-set of outcomes from the Bill & Melinda Gates F...

    Authors: Raymond Mutisya, Jonesmus Wambua, Paul Nyachae, Mercy Kamau, Shalmali Radha Karnad and Mark Kabue

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16(Suppl 1):62

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 16 Supplement 1

  33. Content type: Research

    Despite significant interest in integrating sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services into HIV services, less attention has been paid to linkages in the other direction. Where women and girls are at risk o...

    Authors: Manjulaa Narasimhan, Ping Teresa Yeh, Sabina Haberlen, Charlotte E. Warren and Caitlin E. Kennedy

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16(Suppl 1):61

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 16 Supplement 1

  34. Content type: Research

    Integrating family planning (FP) with HIV care and treatment programs is a strategy to expand FP service delivery and prevent unintended pregnancies among women living with HIV. However, little is known about ...

    Authors: Mufaro Kanyangarara, Kwame Sakyi and Amos Laar

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16(Suppl 1):60

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 16 Supplement 1

  35. Content type: Research

    Despite being a priority population for HIV prevention and harm reduction programs, the sexual and reproductive health (SRH) needs of women who inject drugs are being overlooked. Furthermore, models for provid...

    Authors: Sylvia Ayon, Fatma Jeneby, Faizah Hamid, Abdalla Badhrus, Taib Abdulrahman and Gitau Mburu

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16(Suppl 1):59

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 16 Supplement 1

  36. Content type: Research

    The integration of family planning (FP) and HIV-related services is common in sub-Saharan Africa. Little research has examined how FP quality of care differs between integrated and non-integrated facilities. U...

    Authors: Michael A. Close, Janine Barden-O’Fallon and Carolina Mejia

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16(Suppl 1):58

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 16 Supplement 1

  37. Content type: Research

    Extensive documentation exists on a range of negative sexual and reproductive health outcomes and rights violations occurring during humanitarian emergencies. We explore two central questions: Do existing poli...

    Authors: Uchechi Roxo, M. Linda Mobula, Damilola Walker, Allison Ficht and Sarah Yeiser

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16(Suppl 1):57

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 16 Supplement 1

  38. Content type: Research

    Despite the legalization of abortion services in 2002, unsafe abortion (abortion services conducted by persons lacking necessary skill or in substandard settings or both) continues to be a public health concer...

    Authors: Suresh Mehata, Jamie Menzel, Navaraj Bhattarai, Sharad Kumar Sharma, Mukta Shah, Erin Pearson and Kathryn Andersen

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:68

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  39. Content type: Review

    Care for women during pregnancy, labour, birth and the postpartum period is essential to reducing maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity, however the ideal place and organisation of care provision has n...

    Authors: Kai Hodgkin, Grace Joshy, Jenny Browne, Istri Bartini, Terence H. Hull and Kamalini Lokuge

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:67

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  40. Content type: Research

    While parents are a crucial part of the social environment in which adolescents live, learn and earn, they could play important roles in efforts to prevent adolescent sexual and reproductive health (SRH) risk ...

    Authors: Belete Yimer and Wassachew Ashebir

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:66

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  41. Content type: Research

    Postabortion contraceptive use differs across countries, suggesting the need for country-level research to identify barriers and suggest appropriate interventions. This study aimed to identify the prevalence a...

    Authors: Suresh Mehata, Navaraj Bhattarai, Jamie Menzel, Mukta Shah, Pratik Khanal, Shadie Tofigh, Mukti Nath Khanal, Shibesh Chandra Regmi and Kathryn Andersen

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:55

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  42. Content type: Retraction Note


    Authors: Martin C. Koch, Johannes Lermann, Niels van de Roemer, Simone K. Renner, Stefanie Burghaus, Janina Hackl, Ralf Dittrich, Sven Kehl, Patricia G. Oppelt, Thomas Hildebrandt, Caroline C. Hack, Uwe G. Pöhls, Stefan P. Renner and Falk C. Thiel

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:54

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    The original article was published in Reproductive Health 2018 15:37

  43. Content type: Research

    Recently, the minimal invasive tissue sampling (MITS) procedure has been developed to support determination of the cause of death as an alternate to conventional autopsy, especially in countries where complete...

    Authors: Anam Feroz, Mohsina Noor Ibrahim, Elizabeth M. McClure, Anum Shiraz Ali, Shiyam Sunder Tikmani, Sayyeda Reza, Zahid Abbasi, Jamal Raza, Haleema Yasmin, Khadija Bano, Afia Zafar, Sameen Siddiqi, Robert L. Goldenberg and Sarah Saleem

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:53

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  44. Content type: Research

    Men’s involvement can impact the delays in the decision to seek health care and in reaching a health facility, which are contributing causes for increased maternal mortality. Despite of the call to involve men...

    Authors: Nyasiro S. Gibore, Theodora A. L. Bali and Stephen M. Kibusi

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:52

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  45. Content type: Research

    Early miscarriage is one of the most common obstetric causes of maternal morbidity early in pregnancy. However, data concerning non-fatal complications among hospitalisations for early miscarriage are lacking....

    Authors: Indra San Lazaro Campillo, Sarah Meaney, Keelin O’Donoghue and Paul Corcoran

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:51

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  46. Content type: Research

    Health workers in many low-income countries are not adequately trained to deliver pregnant women safely. In response to this, the Safe Delivery App (SDA) has been developed, which provides animated clinical in...

    Authors: Camilla Faldt Thomsen, Anne Marie Frøkjær Barrie, Ida Marie Boas, Stine Lund, Bjarke Lund Sørensen, Feyisa Gudeta Oljira and Britt Pinkowski Tersbøl

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:50

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