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  1. Research

    Pathways to increased coverage: an analysis of time trends in contraceptive need and use among adolescents and young women in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda

    Despite efforts to make contraceptive services more “youth friendly,” unmet need for contraception among young women in sub-Saharan Africa remains high. For health systems to effectively respond to the reprodu...

    Mardieh L. Dennis, Emma Radovich, Kerry L. M. Wong, Onikepe Owolabi, Francesca L. Cavallaro, Michael T. Mbizvo, Agnes Binagwaho, Peter Waiswa, Caroline A. Lynch and Lenka Benova

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:130

    Published on: 17 October 2017

  2. Review

    Methods used in prevalence studies of disrespect and abuse during facility based childbirth: lessons learned

    Several recent studies have attempted to measure the prevalence of disrespect and abuse (D&A) of women during childbirth in health facilities. Variations in reported prevalence may be associated with differenc...

    David Sando, Timothy Abuya, Anteneh Asefa, Kathleen P. Banks, Lynn P. Freedman, Stephanie Kujawski, Amanda Markovitz, Charity Ndwiga, Kate Ramsey, Hannah Ratcliffe, Emmanuel O. Ugwu, Charlotte E. Warren and R. Rima Jolivet

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:127

    Published on: 11 October 2017

  3. Research

    Utilization of dual contraception method among reproductive age women on antiretroviral therapy in selected public hospitals of Northern Ethiopia

    Sexually transmitted infections are highly prevalent among pregnant women in Africa. Among the incidence of HIV infection in children, 90% of the infection is attributable to their mothers. Ethiopia is one of ...

    Solomon Weldemariam Gebrehiwot, Gedion Asnake Azeze, Carmen C. Robles and Yohannes Mehretie Adinew

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:125

    Published on: 5 October 2017

  4. Research

    Echoes of old HIV paradigms: reassessing the problem of engaging men in HIV testing and treatment through women’s perspectives

    With the introduction of 2016 World Health Organization guidelines recommending universal antiretroviral therapy (ART), there has been increased recognition of the lack of men engaging in HIV testing and treat...

    Leila Katirayi, Addmore Chadambuka, Auxilia Muchedzi, Allan Ahimbisibwe, Reuben Musarandega, Godfrey Woelk, Thorkild Tylleskar and Karen Marie Moland

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:124

    Published on: 5 October 2017

  5. Research

    Is a woman’s first pregnancy outcome related to her years of schooling? An assessment of women’s adolescent pregnancy outcomes and subsequent educational attainment in Ghana

    Adolescent pregnancy and childbearing pose challenges to young women’s educational attainment. Studies show that while adolescent childbearing reduces educational attainment, not becoming pregnant and resortin...

    Adriana A. E. Biney and Philomena Nyarko

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:123

    Published on: 3 October 2017

  6. Research

    Inadequate programming, insufficient communication and non-compliance with the basic principles of maternal death audits in health districts in Burkina Faso: a qualitative study

    Implementation of quality maternal death audits requires good programming, good communication and compliance with core principles. Studies on compliance with core principles in the conduct of maternal death au...

    Boukaré Congo, Djénéba Sanon, Tieba Millogo, Charlemagne Marie Ouedraogo, Wambi Maurice E. Yaméogo, Ziemlé Clement Meda and Seni Kouanda

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:121

    Published on: 29 September 2017

  7. Research

    Alcohol consumption among pregnant women in James Town Community, Accra, Ghana

    Alcohol consumption among pregnant women is a public health concern, considering its adverse outcomes for both mother and the developing foetus. This study examined factors that facilitate prenatal alcohol con...

    Joanita Da Pilma Lekettey, Phyllis Dako-Gyeke, Samuel Agyei Agyemang and Moses Aikins

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:120

    Published on: 26 September 2017

  8. Research

    Development of a tool to measure person-centered maternity care in developing settings: validation in a rural and urban Kenyan population

    Person-centered reproductive health care is recognized as critical to improving reproductive health outcomes. Yet, little research exists on how to operationalize it. We extend the literature in this area by d...

    Patience A. Afulani, Nadia Diamond-Smith, Ginger Golub and May Sudhinaraset

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:118

    Published on: 22 September 2017

  9. Study protocol

    Clinical review of 24–35 year olds conceived with and without in vitro fertilization: study protocol

    Children conceived by assisted reproductive technologies (ART) currently comprise 4% of Australian births. The manipulation of biological parameters related to fertilization and implantation are integral to su...

    Sharon Lewis, Joanne Kennedy, David Burgner, Robert McLachlan, Sarath Ranganathan, Karin Hammarberg, Richard Saffery, David J. Amor, Michael M. H. Cheung, Lex W. Doyle, Markus Juonala, Susan Donath, John McBain and Jane Halliday

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:117

    Published on: 20 September 2017

  10. Meeting abstracts

    Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: sharing data and experiences to accelerate eradication and improve care: part 2

    Fabienne Richard, Wisal Ahmed, Nikki Denholm, Angela Dawson, Nesrin Varol, Birgitta Essén, Sara Johnsdotter, Paul Bukuluki, Wisal Ahmed, Al Gasseer H. Naeema, Dalya eltayeb, Bettina Shell-Duncan, Caroline Njue, Jacinta Muteshi, Clotilde Lamy, Pascale Neyrinck…

    Reproductive Health 2017 14(Suppl 2):115

    Published on: 15 September 2017

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 14 Supplement 2

  11. Research

    Preference for cesarean section in young nulligravid women in eight OECD countries and implications for reproductive health education

    Efforts to reduce unnecessary Cesarean sections (CS) in high and middle income countries have focused on changing hospital cultures and policies, care provider attitudes and behaviors, and increasing women’s k...

    Kathrin H. Stoll, Yvonne L. Hauck, Soo Downe, Deborah Payne and Wendy A. Hall

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:116

    Published on: 12 September 2017

  12. Research

    A conceptual framework for patient-centered fertility treatment

    Patient-centered care is a pillar of quality health care and is important to patients experiencing infertility. In this study we used empirical, in-depth data on couples’ experiences of infertility treatment d...

    Elizabeth A. Duthie, Alexandra Cooper, Joseph B. Davis, Katherine D. Schoyer, Jay Sandlow, Estil Y. Strawn and Kathryn E. Flynn

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:114

    Published on: 7 September 2017

  13. Research

    The prevalence of disrespect and abuse during facility-based maternity care in Malawi: evidence from direct observations of labor and delivery

    There is increasing evidence throughout the world that the negative treatment of pregnant women during labor and delivery can be a barrier to seeking skilled maternity care. At this time, there has been little...

    Reena Sethi, Shivam Gupta, Lolade Oseni, Angella Mtimuni, Tambudzai Rashidi and Fannie Kachale

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:111

    Published on: 6 September 2017

  14. Research

    Women’s determinant factors for preferred place of delivery in Dodoma region Tanzania: a cross sectional study

    Skilled birth attendance is one of the key factors in improving maternal health but less than 50% of women in sub-Saharan African countries do not have the opportunity to be attended to by skilled personnel du...

    Agatha Fabian Ngowi, Switbert R. Kamazima, Steven Kibusi, Ainory Gesase and Theodora Bali

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:112

    Published on: 6 September 2017

  15. Research

    Relationship between self-efficacy and patient knowledge on adherence to oral contraceptives using the Morisky Medication Adherence Scale (MMAS-8)

    Preconception care, including family planning, is a vital component of healthcare for women of reproductive age. An average female spends the majority of her reproductive life trying to prevent a pregnancy. In...

    Daniel Tomaszewski, Benjamin D. Aronson, Margarette Kading and Donald Morisky

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:110

    Published on: 6 September 2017

  16. Research

    Development and preliminary validation of a post-fistula repair reintegration instrument among Ugandan women

    Obstetric fistula is a debilitating and traumatic birth injury affecting 2–3 million women globally, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Affected women suffer physically, psychologically and socioeconomical...

    Alison El Ayadi, Hadija Nalubwama, Justus Barageine, Torsten B. Neilands, Susan Obore, Josaphat Byamugisha, Othman Kakaire, Haruna Mwanje, Abner Korn, Felicia Lester and Suellen Miller

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:109

    Published on: 2 September 2017

  17. Research

    HIV status disclosure and associated outcomes among pregnant women enrolled in antiretroviral therapy in Uganda: a mixed methods study

    Disclosure of HIV positive status to sexual partners is promoted by HIV prevention programs including those targeting the prevention of mother-to-child transmission. Among other benefits, disclosure may enhanc...

    Rose Naigino, Fredrick Makumbi, Aggrey Mukose, Esther Buregyeya, Jim Arinaitwe, Joshua Musinguzi and Rhoda K. Wanyenze

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:107

    Published on: 30 August 2017

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