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  1. Pakistan reports the highest stillbirth rate in the world at 43 per thousand births with more than three-quarters occurring in rural areas. The Global Network for Women’s and Children’s Health maintains a Mate...

    Authors: Sanam Zulfiqar Mcnojia, Sarah Saleem, Anam Feroz, Kausar S. Khan, Farnaz Naqvi, Shiyam Sunder Tikmani, Elizabeth M. McClure, Sameen Siddiqi and Robert L. Goldenberg

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2020 17:3

    Content type: Research

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  2. According to the theory of planned behavior, an intention to carry out a certain behavior facilitates action. In the context of birth in health facility, the intention to use health facilities for childbirth m...

    Authors: Fabiola V. Moshi, Stephen M. Kibusi and Flora Fabian

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2020 17:2

    Content type: Research

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  3. Community-based sexual reproductive interventions are key in attaining universal health coverage for all by 2030, yet adolescents in many countries still lack health services that are responsive to their sexua...

    Authors: Chama Mulubwa, Anna-Karin Hurtig, Joseph Mumba Zulu, Charles Michelo, Ingvild Fossgard Sandøy and Isabel Goicolea

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2020 17:1

    Content type: Research

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  4. Haiti’s maternal mortality, stillbirth, and neonatal mortality rates are the highest in Latin America and the Caribbean. Despite inherent risks, the majority of women still deliver at home without supervision ...

    Authors: Alka Dev, Chelsey Kivland, Mikerlyne Faustin, Olivia Turnier, Tatiana Bell and Marie Denise Leger

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:185

    Content type: Research

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  5. Domestic violence is common public health problem. Domestic violence related disclosure is an important first step in the process of prevention, control and treatments of domestic violence related adverse effe...

    Authors: Berhanu Boru Bifftu, Berihun Assefa Dachew, Bewket Tadesse Tiruneh, Lemma Derseh Gezie and Yonas Deressa Guracho

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:184

    Content type: Review

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  6. Obstetric fistula is among the most devastating maternal morbidities that occur as a result of prolonged, obstructed labor. Usually, the child dies in a large number of the cases. Moreover, some of the women b...

    Authors: Salma A. E. Ahmed and Viva C. Thorsen

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:183

    Content type: Research

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    The Correction to this article has been published in Reproductive Health 2020 17:27

  7. Iron and folic acid deficiency anaemia are one of the global public health challenges that pose 1.45% of all disability-adjusted life-years. It is recognized as a cause for an unacceptably high proportion of m...

    Authors: Melaku Desta, Bekalu Kassie, Habtamu Chanie, Henok Mulugeta, Tadesse Yirga, Habtamu Temesgen, Cheru Tesema Leshargie and Yoseph Merkeb

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:182

    Content type: Review

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  8. Efforts to expand access to family planning in rural Africa often focus on the deployment of community health agents (CHAs).

    Authors: Mallory C. Sheff, Elizabeth F. Jackson, Almamy M. Kanté, Asinath Rusibamayila and James F. Phillips

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:181

    Content type: Research

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  9. Early marriage and early childbearing are highly prevalent in Niger with 75% of girls married before age 18 years and 42% of girls giving birth between ages 15 and 18 years. In 2012, only 7% of all 15–19-year-...

    Authors: Sneha Challa, Stephanie M. DeLong, Nicole Carter, Nicole Johns, Holly Shakya, Sabrina C. Boyce, Ricardo Vera-Monroy, Sani Aliou, Fatouma A. Ibrahima, Mohamad I. Brooks, Caitlin Corneliess, Claire Moodie, Abdoul Moumouni Nouhou, Illa Souley, Anita Raj and Jay G. Silverman

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:180

    Content type: Study protocol

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  10. Evaluating progress towards the Sustainable Development Goal of universal access to sexual and reproductive (SRH) services requires an understanding of the health needs of individuals and what constitutes acce...

    Authors: Naomi Lince-Deroche, Kaitlyn M. Berry, Cheryl Hendrickson, Tembeka Sineke, Sharon Kgowedi and Masangu Mulongo

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:179

    Content type: Research

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  11. We examine the association between the quality of family planning (FP) counseling received in past 24 months, and current modern contraceptive use, initiation, and continuation, among a sample of women in rura...

    Authors: Nabamallika Dehingia, Anvita Dixit, Sarah Averbach, Vikas Choudhry, Arnab Dey, Dharmendra Chandurkar, Priya Nanda, Jay G. Silverman and Anita Raj

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:178

    Content type: Research

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  12. Unacceptably high maternal and perinatal mortality remain a major challenge in many low income countries. Early detection and management of danger signs through improved access to maternal services is highly n...

    Authors: Theresia J. Masoi and Stephen M. Kibusi

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:177

    Content type: Research

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  13. Early menarche has been associated with father absence, stepfather presence and adverse health consequences in later life. This article assesses the association of different family compositions with the age at...

    Authors: Martin Steppan, Ross Whitehead, Juliet McEachran and Candace Currie

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:176

    Content type: Research

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  14. Expanding contraceptive method choices for sexually active youth is critical to prevent STIs/HIV and unintended pregnancies. However, preferences and decision making around contraception among young adults are...

    Authors: Katherine Gambir, Jessie Pinchoff, Olasubomi Obadeyi and Thoai D. Ngo

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:175

    Content type: Research

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  15. Mothers suffering from common mental disorder (CMD), such as anxiety and depression may not be able to function properly, which could adversely affect the mother-infant bond and even result in increased infant...

    Authors: Ashenafi Mekonnen Woldetsadik, Abebaw Nigussie Ayele, Adem Esmael Roba, Genet Fikadu Haile and Khan Mubashir

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:173

    Content type: Research

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  16. Today, there are various short- and long-acting contraceptive alternatives available for those who wish to prevent unintended pregnancy. Long-acting reversible contraception are considered effective methods wi...

    Authors: Catrin Eriksson, Matilda Skinstad, Susanne Georgsson and Tommy Carlsson

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:172

    Content type: Research

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  17. Despite expanding the number of health facilities, Ethiopia has still the highest home delivery services utilization. Health care service utilization varies between regions within the country. This study explo...

    Authors: Mohammed Ahmed, Meaza Demissie, Alemayehu Worku, Araya Abrha and Yamane Berhane

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:171

    Content type: Research

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  18. Caesarean section rates are rising across all geographical regions. Very high rates for some groups of women co-occur with very low rates for others. Both extremes are associated with short and longer term har...

    Authors: Meghan A. Bohren, Newton Opiyo, Carol Kingdon, Soo Downe and Ana Pilar Betrán

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:170

    Content type: Study protocol

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  19. Sexual satisfaction is considered as one of the key factors in assessing a person’s quality of life and the quality and continuity of marital relationships. According to the results of reports in Iran, many co...

    Authors: Babak Moeini, Effat Merghati Khoei, Majid Barati, Alireza Soltanian, Manoj Sharma, Reza Khadivi, Ali Ghaleiha, Vinayak K. Nahar and Fahimeh Bagherikholenjani

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:168

    Content type: Study protocol

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  20. Skilled delivery care utilization in Ethiopia is still very low compared with the goal set by the global community for countries with the highest maternal mortality. As a result, the country is overburdened wi...

    Authors: Gezahegn Tesfaye, Catherine Chojenta, Roger Smith and Deborah Loxton

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:167

    Content type: Research

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  21. Suicide only present the tip of the iceberg of maternal mental health issues. Only a fraction of pregnant women with suicidal ideation proceeds to intentional self-harm (ISH) and even a smaller proportion are ...

    Authors: Nimna Sachini Malawara Arachchi, Ranjan Ganegama, Abdul Wahib Fathima Husna, Delo Lashan Chandima, Nandana Hettigama, Jagath Premadasa, Jagath Herath, Harindra Ranaweera, Thilini Chanchala Agampodi and Suneth Buddhika Agampodi

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:166

    Content type: Research

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  22. Caesarean section is recommended in situations in which vaginal birth presents a greater likelihood of adverse maternal or perinatal outcomes than normal. However, it is associated with a higher risk of compli...

    Authors: Hayala C. C. de Souza, Gleici S. C. Perdoná, Alessandra C. Marcolin, Lawal O. Oyeneyin, Olufemi T. Oladapo, Kidza Mugerwa and João Paulo Souza

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:165

    Content type: Research

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  23. Underutilization of formal maternal care services and accredited health attendants is a major contributor to the high maternal mortality rates in rural communities in Nigeria. Perceptions of a poor quality of ...

    Authors: Arone Wondwossen Fantaye, Friday Okonofua, Lorretta Ntoimo and Sanni Yaya

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:164

    Content type: Research

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  24. Globally, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) remain a major public health problem. University students tend to practices sex which predisposes them to sexually transmitted infections, unwanted pregnancies,...

    Authors: Belayneh Ayanaw Kassie, Hedja Yenus, Resom Berhe and Eskeziaw Abebe Kassahun

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:163

    Content type: Research

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  25. Above half of mothers in Ethiopia give birth at home. Home based care within the first week after birth as a complementary strategy to facility-based postnatal care service is critical to increase the survival...

    Authors: Brhane Gebrekidan Ayele, Mulugeta Abrha Woldu, Haftom Weldearegay Gebrehiwot, Equbay Gebru Gebre-egziabher, Hailay Gebretnsae, Tsegay Hadgu, Alemnesh Araya Abrha and Araya Abrha Medhanyie

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:162

    Content type: Research

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  26. Despite improved health facility access relative to rural areas, distance and transportation remain barriers in some urban areas. Using household and facility data linked to residential and transportation geog...

    Authors: Veronica Escamilla, Lisa Calhoun, Norbert Odero and Ilene S. Speizer

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:161

    Content type: Research

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  27. Women’s fear from childbirth has been associated with increased medical interventions and traumatized birth experience. Although antenatal education is a crucial factor to empower and prepare women for their b...

    Authors: Robab Hassanzadeh, Fatemeh Abbas-Alizadeh, Shahla Meedya, Sakineh Mohammad-Alizadeh-Charandabi and Mojgan Mirghafourvand

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:160

    Content type: Study protocol

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  28. In recent decades there have been great improvements in the reproductive health of women in low- and middle-income countries and increases in the use of modern contraceptive methods. Nonetheless, many women ar...

    Authors: Jane Harries, Deborah Constant, Vanessa Wright, Chelsea Morroni, Alex Müller and Christopher J. Colvin

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:159

    Content type: Research

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  29. Although Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) is internationally considered a harmful practice, it is increasingly being medicalized allegedly to reduce its negative health effects, and is thus suggested ...

    Authors: Els Leye, Nina Van Eekert, Simukai Shamu, Tammary Esho and Hazel Barrett

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:158

    Content type: Review

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  30. Despite efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, the maternal mortality ratio in the Democratic Republic of Congo was 693 per 100,000 in 2015—the 6th highest in the world and higher than the averag...

    Authors: Hocheol Lee, Sung Jong Park, Grace O. Ndombi and Eun Woo Nam

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:157

    Content type: Research

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  31. Following publication of the original article [1], we have been notified that another author should be added to the team of authors. The Name and affiliation details are below.

    Authors: Griffins O. Manguro, Linnet N. Masese, Kishor Mandaliya, Susan M. Graham, R. Scott McClelland, Jennifer S. Smith and Vernon Mochache

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:156

    Content type: Correction

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    The original article was published in Reproductive Health 2018 15:206

  32. Women’s decision-making power regarding reproductive health and rights (RHR) was the central component to achieve reproductive well-being. Literatures agree that a women having higher domestic decision-making ...

    Authors: Afework Tadele, Amanuel Tesfay and Alemi Kebede

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:155

    Content type: Research

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  33. Short birth intervals increase risk for adverse maternal and infant outcomes including preterm birth, low birth weight (LBW), and infant mortality. Although postpartum family planning (PPFP) is an increasingly...

    Authors: Rubee Dev, Pamela Kohler, Molly Feder, Jennifer A. Unger, Nancy F. Woods and Alison L. Drake

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:154

    Content type: Review

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  34. Access to and utilization of adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH) services remains poor. ASRH services in Kenya are primarily offered in health facilities and include counselling, information, and ...

    Authors: Lilian Mutea, Susan Ontiri, Sheila Macharia, Meital Tzobotaro, Carolyne Ajema, Vincent Odiara, Francis Kadiri, Solomon Orero, Mark Kabue, Kristien Michielsen and Peter Gichangi

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:153

    Content type: Study protocol

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  35. Public health literature is replete with evidence on individual and interpersonal indicators of modern contraceptive use. There is, however, limited knowledge regarding healthcare system indicators of modern c...

    Authors: Ibitola Asaolu, Velia Leybas Nuño, Kacey Ernst, Douglas Taren and John Ehiri

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:152

    Content type: Research

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  36. Bacterial vaginosis (BV), a clinical condition characterized by decreased vaginal Lactobacillus spp., is difficult to treat. We examined associations between micronutrient intake and a low-Lactobacillus vaginal m...

    Authors: Susan Tuddenham, Khalil G. Ghanem, Laura E. Caulfield, Alisha J. Rovner, Courtney Robinson, Rupak Shivakoti, Ryan Miller, Anne Burke, Catherine Murphy, Jacques Ravel and Rebecca M. Brotman

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:151

    Content type: Research

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  37. Reducing the maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births globally is one of the Sustainable Development Goals. Approximately 830 women die from pregnancy- or childbirth-related complicatio...

    Authors: Poshan Thapa, Alex Harsha Bangura, Isha Nirola, David Citrin, Bishal Belbase, Bhawana Bogati, B. K. Nirmala, Sonu Khadka, Lal Kunwar, Scott Halliday, Nandini Choudhury, Al Ozonoff, Jasmine Tenpa, Ryan Schwarz, Mukesh Adhikari, S. P. Kalaunee…

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:150

    Content type: Research

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  38. The objective of this study is to validate three mental health scales in a targeted sample of pregnant Arab women living in Qatar: the Kuwait University Anxiety Scale, the Perceived Stress Scale, and the Edinb...

    Authors: Katherine A. Roof, Laurie James-Hawkins, Hanan F. Abdul Rahim and Kathryn M. Yount

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:149

    Content type: Research

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  39. Nonuse of contraceptive methods by women in need of contraception may impact their sexual and reproductive health. The aim of this study was to describe the reasons for nonuse of contraception among women with...

    Authors: Laísa Rodrigues Moreira, Fernanda Ewerling, Aluisio J. D. Barros and Mariangela Freitas Silveira

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:148

    Content type: Research

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  40. The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) boasts one of the highest rates of institutional deliveries in sub-Saharan Africa (80%), with eight out of every ten births also assisted by a skilled provider. Howev...

    Authors: Xu Xiong, Rebecca Carter, Paul-Samson Lusamba-Dikassa, Elvis C. Kuburhanwa, Francine Kimanuka, Freddy Salumu, Guy Clarysse, Baudouin Kalume Tutu, Sylvain Yuma, Alain Mboko Iyeti, Julie H. Hernandez, Jeffrey G. Shaffer, Susie Villeneuve, Alain Prual, Lee Pyne-Mercier, Assaye Nigussie…

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:147

    Content type: Study protocol

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  41. A high number of vaginal examinations (VEs) may lead to a higher risk of infections, as well as discomfort/dissatisfaction with intrapartum care.

    Authors: Jessica Hanae Zafra-Tanaka, Renee Montesinos-Segura, Pamela D. Flores-Gonzales and Alvaro Taype-Rondan

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:146

    Content type: Research

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  42. For a significant proportion of women, postpartum depression (PPD) is the first mood episode in their lives, yet its aetiology still remains unclear. Insecure attachment in close adult relationships is conside...

    Authors: Polona Rus Prelog, Marijana Vidmar Šimic, Tanja Premru Sršen and Maja Rus Makovec

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:145

    Content type: Research

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  43. Communication on sexuality within the family has been considered a determinant factor for the sexual behaviour of young women, contributing to delaying sexual initiation. Taking into account that young women a...

    Authors: Mónica Frederico, Carlos Arnaldo, Kristien Michielsen and Peter Decat

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:144

    Content type: Research

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  44. Maternal and newborn mortality continue to be major challenges in Nigeria. While greater participation of men in maternal and newborn health has been associated with positive outcomes in many settings, male in...

    Authors: Vandana Sharma, Jessica Leight, Nadège Giroux, Fatima AbdulAziz and Martina Bjorkman Nyqvist

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:143

    Content type: Research

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  45. The objective of this study was to examine the prevalence of smoking by intensity status before pregnancy and during early (first and second trimester) and late (third trimester) pregnancy according to race/et...

    Authors: Anthony J. Kondracki

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:142

    Content type: Research

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  46. Although considerable progress has been made in reducing maternal mortality over the past 25 years in Senegal, the national maternal mortality ratio (MMR), at 315 deaths per 100,000 live births, is still unacc...

    Authors: Margaret E. MacDonald and Gorgui Sene Diallo

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:141

    Content type: Research

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  47. The existing knowledge on the interplay between reproductive and sexual health, migration and acculturation is recent and inconsistent, particularly on the sociocultural motives and constraints regarding ferti...

    Authors: Violeta Alarcão, Miodraga Stefanovska-Petkovska, Ana Virgolino, Osvaldo Santos, Sofia Ribeiro, Andreia Costa, Paulo Nogueira, Patrícia M. Pascoal, Sónia Pintassilgo and Fernando Luís Machado

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:140

    Content type: Study protocol

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  48. Continuing population growth could be detrimental for social and economic wellbeing. Understanding the factors that influence family planning decisions will be important for policy. This paper examines the eff...

    Authors: Jacob Novignon, Nadege Gbetoton Djossou and Ulrika Enemark

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:139

    Content type: Research

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