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  1. Review

    Contraceptive practices among married women of reproductive age in Bangladesh: a review of the evidence

    Bangladesh has experienced a sevenfold increase in its contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) in less than forty years from 8% in 1975 to 62% in 2014. However, despite this progress, almost one-third of pregnanci...

    Fauzia Akhter Huda, Yolande Robertson, Sabiha Chowdhuri, Bidhan Krishna Sarker, Laura Reichenbach and Ratana Somrongthong

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:69

    Published on: 6 June 2017

  2. Review

    Towards a consensus definition of maternal sepsis: results of a systematic review and expert consultation

    There is a need for a clear and actionable definition of maternal sepsis, in order to better assess the burden of this condition, trigger timely and effective treatment and allow comparisons across facilities ...

    Mercedes Bonet, Vicky Nogueira Pileggi, Marcus J Rijken, Arri Coomarasamy, David Lissauer, João Paulo Souza and Ahmet Metin Gülmezoglu

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:67

    Published on: 30 May 2017

  3. Research

    The influence of quality maternity waiting homes on utilization of facilities for delivery in rural Zambia

    Residential accommodation for expectant mothers adjacent to health facilities, known as maternity waiting homes (MWH), is an intervention designed to improve access to skilled deliveries in low-income countrie...

    Elizabeth G. Henry, Katherine Semrau, Davidson H. Hamer, Taryn Vian, Mary Nambao, Kaluba Mataka and Nancy A. Scott

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:68

    Published on: 30 May 2017

  4. Review

    What do we know about assessing healthcare students and professionals’ knowledge, attitude and practice regarding female genital mutilation? A systematic review

    Improving healthcare providers’ capacities of prevention and treatment of female genital mutilation (FGM) is important given the fact that 200 million women and girls globally are living with FGM. However, tra...

    Jasmine Abdulcadir, Lale Say and Christina Pallitto

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:64

    Published on: 22 May 2017

  5. Research

    Barriers to utilisation of antenatal care services in South Sudan: a qualitative study in Rumbek North County

    Access to adequate antenatal care (ANC) is critical in ensuring a good maternal health and in preventing maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality. South Sudan has one of the world’s poorest health indicat...

    Calistus Wilunda, Chiara Scanagatta, Giovanni Putoto, Francesca Montalbetti, Giulia Segafredo, Risa Takahashi, Serge André Mizerero and Ana Pilar Betrán

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:65

    Published on: 22 May 2017

  6. Review

    Evidence-based policy responses to strengthen health, community and legislative systems that care for women in Australia with female genital mutilation / cutting

    The physical and psychological impact of female genital mutilation / cutting (FGM/C) can be substantial, long term, and irreversible. Parts of the health sector in Australia have developed guidelines in the ma...

    Nesrin Varol, John J. Hall, Kirsten Black, Sabera Turkmani and Angela Dawson

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:63

    Published on: 18 May 2017

  7. Review

    Virginity testing: a systematic review

    So-called virginity testing, also referred to as hymen, two-finger, or per vaginal examination, is the inspection of the female genitalia to assess if the examinee has had or has been habituated to sexual inte...

    Rose McKeon Olson and Claudia García-Moreno

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:61

    Published on: 18 May 2017

  8. Research

    Prevalence and predictors of implanon utilization among women of reproductive age group in Tigray Region, Northern Ethiopia

    The Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health introduced provision of the contraceptive Implanon at community level by trained health extension workers in 2009. However, little is known regarding the utilization an...

    Desta Gebre-Egziabher, Araya Abrha Medhanyie, Mussie Alemayehu and Fisaha Haile Tesfay

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:62

    Published on: 18 May 2017

  9. Research

    Respectful maternity care in Ethiopian public health facilities

    Disrespect and abuse of women during institutional childbirth services is one of the deterrents to utilization of maternity care services in Ethiopia and other low- and middle-income countries. This paper desc...

    Ephrem D. Sheferaw, Eva Bazant, Hannah Gibson, Hone B. Fenta, Firew Ayalew, Tsigereda B. Belay, Maria M. Worku, Aelaf E. Kebebu, Sintayehu A. Woldie, Young-Mi Kim, T. van den Akker and Jelle Stekelenburg

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:60

    Published on: 16 May 2017

  10. Research

    Experience in the use of non-pneumatic anti-shock garment (NASG) in the management of postpartum haemorrhage with hypovolemic shock in the Fundación Valle Del Lili, Cali, Colombia

    The aim of this case series is to describe the experience of using the non-pneumatic anti-shock garment (NASG) in the management of severe Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) and shock, and the value of implementing t...

    María Fernanda Escobar, Carlos Eduardo Füchtner, Javier Andrés Carvajal, Albaro José Nieto, Adriana Messa, Sara Sofía Escobar, Angélica María Monroy, Angélica María Forero, José David Casallas, Marcela Granados and Suellen Miller

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:58

    Published on: 12 May 2017

  11. Research

    Determinants of modern contraceptive use among sexually active men in Kenya

    Research in Kenya has focussed on family planning from women’s perspectives, with the aim of helping reduce the burden of unintended pregnancies. As such, the determinants of modern contraceptive use among sex...

    Rhoune Ochako, Marleen Temmerman, Mwende Mbondo and Ian Askew

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:56

    Published on: 27 April 2017

  12. Research

    Educational status as determinant of men’s knowledge about vasectomy in Dangila town administration, Amhara region, Northwest Ethiopia

    Although vasectomy is effective and less expensive contraceptive method, only few men are using it in Africa. The main reason for low level use may be low knowledge about vasectomy among men. Only few studies ...

    Abrham Jemberie Temach, Gedefaw Abeje Fekadu and Anemaw Asrat Achamyeleh

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:54

    Published on: 18 April 2017

  13. Commentary

    Making good on a call to expand method choice for young people - Turning rhetoric into reality for addressing Sustainable Development Goal Three

    Investments in the nearly two billion young people, aged 10–24 years, in the world today are necessary to meet global development commitments, specifically the Sustainable Development Goals and Ending Preventa...

    Fariyal Fatma Fikree, Catharine Lane, Callie Simon, Gwyn Hainsworth and Patricia MacDonald

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:53

    Published on: 11 April 2017

  14. Research

    Priorities for family building among patients and partners seeking treatment for infertility

    Infertility treatment decisions require people to balance multiple priorities. Within couples, partners must also negotiate priorities with one another. In this study, we assessed the family-building prioritie...

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

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:52

    Published on: 5 April 2017

  15. Research

    Decision-making on terminating pregnancy for Muslim Arab women pregnant with fetuses with congenital anomalies: maternal affect and doctor-patient communication

    This study focused on decision-making on terminating pregnancy for Arab Muslim women in Israel who were pregnant with fetuses diagnosed with congenital anomalies. It examined the impact of the doctor-patient i...

    Anat Gesser-Edelsburg and Nour Abed Elhadi Shahbari

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:49

    Published on: 4 April 2017

  16. Review

    Supply kits for antenatal and childbirth care during antenatal care and delivery: a mixed-methods systematic review, the qualitative approach.

    Antenatal care reduces maternal and perinatal mortality and morbidity through the detection and treatment of some conditions, but its coverage is less than optimal within certain populations. Supply kits for m...

    Mercedes Colomar, Maria Luisa Cafferata, Alicia Aleman, Giselle Tomasso and Ana Pilar Betran

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:48

    Published on: 31 March 2017

  17. Research

    Maternal fat free mass during pregnancy is associated with birth weight

    The relationship between maternal body compositions and birth weight was not definite. Fat Mass (FM) and Fat Free Mass (FFM) can accurately reflect the maternal body fat compositions and have been considered a...

    Yanxia Wang, Jie Mao, Wenling Wang, Jie Qiou, Lan Yang and Simin Chen

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:47

    Published on: 28 March 2017

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