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  1. This paper is a qualitative study of women’s well-being and reproductive health status among married women in mining communities in India. An exploratory qualitative research design was conducted using purposi...

    Authors: Melba Sheila D’Souza, Subrahmanya Nairy Karkada, Ganesha Somayaji and Ramesh Venkatesaperumal

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2013 10:24

    Content type: Research

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  2. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends using the partograph to follow labour and delivery, with the objective to improve health care and reduce maternal and foetal morbidity and death. The partograph c...

    Authors: Engida Yisma, Berhanu Dessalegn, Ayalew Astatkie and Nebreed Fesseha

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2013 10:23

    Content type: Research

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  3. The practice and timing of routine antenatal visits for healthy pregnant women, introduced arbitrarily and without evidence of effectiveness, have become entrenched in obstetric practice over the last century....

    Authors: G Justus Hofmeyr and Ellen D Hodnett

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2013 10:20

    Content type: Commentary

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  4. In 2001, the WHO Antenatal Care Trial (WHOACT) concluded that an antenatal care package of evidence-based screening, therapeutic interventions and education across four antenatal visits for low-risk women was ...

    Authors: Joshua P Vogel, Ndema Abu Habib, João Paulo Souza, A Metin Gülmezoglu, Therese Dowswell, Guillermo Carroli, Hassan S Baaqeel, Pisake Lumbiganon, Gilda Piaggio and Olufemi T Oladapo

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2013 10:19

    Content type: Research

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  5. In Pakistan, sexual practices outside marriage are proscribed by law. We aimed to assess the range and magnitude of non-marital sexual behaviours of urban men, focusing on men having sex with men.

    Authors: Ali M. Mir, Abdul Wajid, Stephen Pearson, Mumraiz Khan and Irfan Masood

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2013 10:22

    Content type: Research

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  6. Unplanned pregnancy in women with SLE can have grave complications both for the child and the woman. We studied the prevalence of contraceptive counseling among women of reproductive age with SLE at a universi...

    Authors: Thannaporn Kittisiam, Yuthapong Werawatakul, Ratanavadee Nanagara and Orathai Wantha

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2013 10:21

    Content type: Research

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  7. To date the IMSI procedure represents the only real-time and unstained method available to discard spermatozoa with ultrastructural defects. Several studies demonstrated that IMSI provides positive results in ...

    Authors: Roberto Marci, Fabien Murisier, Giuseppe Lo Monte, Ilaria Soave, Alain Chanson, Françoise Urner and Marc Germond

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2013 10:16

    Content type: Research

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  8. Use of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) continues to increase, yet little is known of the longer term health of ART conceived offspring. There are some adverse birth outcomes associated with ART concep...

    Authors: Cate Wilson, Karin Hammarberg, Fiona Bruinsma, Turi Berg, David Amor, Ann Sanson, Jane R Fisher and Jane Halliday

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2013 10:15

    Content type: Study protocol

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  9. The editor of Reproductive Health would like to thank all our reviewers who have contributed to the journal in Volume 9 (2012). Peer review is essential to the reliable communication of science and we appreciate ...

    Authors: José M Belizán

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2013 10:5

    Content type: Reviewer acknowledgement

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  10. Obstetric Fistula (OF) remains a major public health problem in areas where unattended obstructed labor is common and maternal mortality is high. Obstetric Fistula was able to be prevented, treated and eradica...

    Authors: Sibhatu Biadgilign, Yihunie Lakew, Ayalu A Reda and Kebede Deribe

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2013 10:14

    Content type: Research

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  11. To measure the incidence of maternal and early neonatal mortality in women who gave birth at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) in Kenya and describe clinical and other characteristics and circumstances...

    Authors: Faith Yego, Jennifer Stewart Williams, Julie Byles, Paul Nyongesa, Wilson Aruasa and Catherine D'Este

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2013 10:13

    Content type: Research

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  12. Maternal mortality and morbidity are among the top public health priorities in Brazil, being quite high, especially among the most disadvantage women. A case control study was developed to identify risk factor...

    Authors: Ana Paula Pierre de Moraes, Sandhi Maria Barreto, Valeria Maria A Passos, Patricia S Golino, Janne E Costa and Marina X Vasconcelos

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2013 10:11

    Content type: Research

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  13. Pakistan was among the leading countries in south Asia which started the family planning program in late 50s, forecasting the need to control the population. Despite this early intervention, fertility rate has...

    Authors: Amna Khan and Babar Tasneem Shaikh

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2013 10:10

    Content type: Research

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  14. Despite Malawi government’s policy to support women to deliver in health facilities with the assistance of skilled attendants, some women do not access this care.

    Authors: Lily Kumbani, Gunnar Bjune, Ellen Chirwa, Address Malata and Jon Øyvind Odland

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2013 10:9

    Content type: Research

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  15. Delay in decision-making to use skilled care during pregnancy and childbirth is an important factor for maternal death in many developing countries. This paper examines how decisions for maternal care are made...

    Authors: Donmozoun Télesphore Somé, Issiaka Sombié and Nicolas Meda

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2013 10:8

    Content type: Research

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  16. Antenatal corticosteroids administered to women at risk of preterm birth is an intervention which has been proved to reduce the risk of respiratory distress syndrome, intraventricular hemorrhage, and neonatal ...

    Authors: Alicia Aleman, Maria L Cafferata, Luz Gibbons, Fernando Althabe, Jose Ortiz, Xochitl Sandoval, Nicolás Padilla-Raygoza and José M Belizán

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2013 10:4

    Content type: Research

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  17. Over the last three decades, cesarean section (CS) rates have been rising around the world despite no associated improvement in maternal and perinatal mortality and morbidity. The role of women’s preferences f...

    Authors: Nancy H Liu, Agustina Mazzoni, Nina Zamberlin, Mercedes Colomar, Olivia H Chang, Lila Arnaud, Fernando Althabe and José M Belizán

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2013 10:2

    Content type: Research

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  18. Current methods for estimating maternal mortality lack precision, and are not suitable for monitoring progress in the short run. In addition, national maternal mortality ratios (MMRs) alone do not provide usef...

    Authors: Sennen Hounton, Luc De Bernis, Julia Hussein, Wendy J Graham, Isabella Danel, Peter Byass and Elizabeth M Mason

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2013 10:1

    Content type: Review

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  19. Despite the vast literature examining disparities in medical care, little is known about racial/ethnic and mental health disparities in sexual health care. The objective of this study was to assess disparities...

    Authors: Meredith M D’Amore, Debbie M Cheng, Donald Allensworth-Davies, Jeffrey H Samet and Richard Saitz

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2012 9:35

    Content type: Research

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  20. Male participation is a crucial component in the optimization of Maternal and Child Health (MCH) services. This is especially so where prevention strategies to decrease Mother-to-Child Transmission (MTCT) of H...

    Authors: John Ditekemena, Olivier Koole, Cyril Engmann, Richard Matendo, Antoinette Tshefu, Robert Ryder and Robert Colebunders

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2012 9:32

    Content type: Review

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  21. On 17 November 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution (A/RES/66/170) designating 11 October as the first International Day of the Girl Child choosing ending child marriages as the theme...

    Authors: Joar Svanemyr, Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli, Charlotte Sigurdson Christiansen and Michael Mbizvo

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2012 9:31

    Content type: Commentary

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  22. Malawi has a high perinatal mortality rate of 40 deaths per 1,000 births. To promote neonatal health, the Government of Malawi has identified essential health care packages for improving maternal and neonatal ...

    Authors: Lily C Kumbani, Ellen Chirwa, Address Malata, Jon Øyvind Odland and Gunnar Bjune

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2012 9:30

    Content type: Research

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  23. Each year, more than 1 in 10 of the world’s babies are born preterm, resulting in 15 million babies born too soon. World Prematurity Day, November 17, is a global effort to raise awareness about prematurity. T...

    Authors: Mary V Kinney, Joy E Lawn, Christopher P Howson and José Belizan

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2012 9:28

    Content type: Editorial

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  24. Unmet need for family planning is responsible for 7.4 million disability-adjusted life years and 30% of the maternity-related disease burden. An estimated 35% of births are unintended and some 200 million coup...

    Authors: Abbey Byrne, Alison Morgan, Eliana Jimenez Soto and Zoe Dettrick

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2012 9:27

    Content type: Research

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  25. Contraceptive use including short acting, long acting and permanent methods positively influence the socio-economic development of a nation by allowing families to space and limit their family size to their ec...

    Authors: Abulie Takele, Getu Degu and Mezgebu Yitayal

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2012 9:26

    Content type: Research

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  26. Home delivery in unhygienic environment is common in Nepal. This study aimed to identify whether practice of delivery is changing over time and to explore the factors contributing to women’s decision for choic...

    Authors: Saraswoti Kumari Shrestha, Bilkis Banu, Khursida Khanom, Liaquat Ali, Narbada Thapa, Babill Stray-Pedersen and Bhimsen Devkota

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2012 9:25

    Content type: Research

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  27. Indonesia has high levels of biological need for infertility treatment, great sociological and psychological demand for children, and yet existing infertility services are underutilized. Access to adequate com...

    Authors: Linda Rae Bennett, Budi Wiweko, Aucky Hinting, IB Putra Adnyana and Mulyoto Pangestu

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2012 9:24

    Content type: Research

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  28. Preterm birth is a major cause of neonatal mortality, responsible for 28% of neonatal deaths overall. The administration of antenatal corticosteroids to women at high risk of preterm birth is a powerful perina...

    Authors: Fernando Althabe, José M Belizán, Agustina Mazzoni, Mabel Berrueta, Jay Hemingway-Foday, Marion Koso-Thomas, Elizabeth McClure, Elwyn Chomba, Ana Garces, Shivaprasad Goudar, Bhalchandra Kodkany, Sarah Saleem, Omrana Pasha, Archana Patel, Fabian Esamai, Waldemar A Carlo…

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2012 9:22

    Content type: Study protocol

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  29. Adolescents in developing countries face a range of sexual and reproductive health problems. Lack of health care service for reproductive health or difficulty in accessing them are among them. In this study we...

    Authors: Mesfin Tilahun, Bezatu Mengistie, Gudina Egata and Ayalu A Reda

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2012 9:19

    Content type: Research

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  30. The status of men’s knowledge of and awareness to maternal, neonatal and child health care are largely unknown in Bangladesh and the effect of community focused interventions in improving men’s knowledge is la...

    Authors: Hashima E Nasreen, Margaret Leppard, Mahfuz Al Mamun, Masuma Billah, Sabuj Kanti Mistry, Mosiur Rahman and Peter Nicholls

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2012 9:18

    Content type: Research

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  31. Introducing a new method into family planning programs requires careful attention to ensure it meets an actual need and has a positive effect on program goals. The Standard Days Method® is a fertility awarenes...

    Authors: Rebecka Lundgren, Irit Sinai, Priya Jha, Marie Mukabatsinda, Luisa Sacieta and Federico R León

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2012 9:17

    Content type: Research

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  32. Vaginal examination (VE), is a frequent procedure during childbirth. It is the most accepted ways to assess progress during childbirth, but its repetition at short intervals has no value. Over years, VE contin...

    Authors: Sahar J Hassan, Johanne Sundby, Abdullatif Husseini and Espen Bjertness

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2012 9:16

    Content type: Research

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  33. Caesarean section rates in Brazil have been steadily increasing. In 2009, for the first time, the number of children born by this type of procedure was greater than the number of vaginal births. Caesarean sect...

    Authors: Maria do Carmo Leal, Antônio Augusto Moura da Silva, Marcos Augusto Bastos Dias, Silvana Granado Nogueira da Gama, Daphne Rattner, Maria Elizabeth Moreira, Mariza Miranda Theme Filha, Rosa Maria Soares Madeira Domingues, Ana Paula Esteves Pereira, Jacqueline Alves Torres, Sonia Duarte Azevedo Bittencourt, Eleonora D’orsi, Antonio JLA Cunha, Alvaro Jorge Madeiro Leite, Rejane Silva Cavalcante, Sonia Lansky…

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2012 9:15

    Content type: Study protocol

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  34. Intimate partner violence against women is more prevalent in Ethiopia and among the highest in the world. This study was aimed to explore the attitudes of the community on intimate partner violence against wom...

    Authors: Sileshi Garoma Abeya, Mesganaw Fantahun Afework and Alemayeh Worku Yalew

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2012 9:14

    Content type: Research

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  35. This study aims at examining parent-young people communication about sexual and reproductive health related topics and factors associated with it from both young people’s and parents’ perspectives.

    Authors: Dessalegn W Tesso, Mesganaw A Fantahun and Fikre Enquselassie

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2012 9:13

    Content type: Research

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  36. Malaria infection in pregnancy is a major risk factor for maternal and child death, and substantially increases the risk of miscarriage, stillbirth and low birthweight. The aim of this study therefore is to as...

    Authors: Olorunfemi E Amoran, Adebayo A Ariba and Christy A Iyaniwura

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2012 9:12

    Content type: Research

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  37. Over the years awareness and uptake of cervical cancer screening services has remained poor in developing countries. Problems associated with cervical cancer incidence include late reporting, ignorance and cul...

    Authors: Chizoma Millicent Ndikom and Bola Abosede Ofi

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2012 9:11

    Content type: Research

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  38. Mobile health (mHealth) is emerging as a useful tool to improve healthcare access especially in the developing world, where limited access to health services is linked to poor antenatal care, and maternal and ...

    Authors: Gabriela Cormick, Natalie A Kim, Ashlei Rodgers, Luz Gibbons, Pierre M Buekens, José M Belizán and Fernando Althabe

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2012 9:9

    Content type: Research

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