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  1. Content type: Research

    Due to a lack of relevant data on induced abortions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as well as the persistence of maternal deaths in the country, this study aims to analyse the extent of induced ...

    Authors: Daniel Katuashi Ishoso, Antoinette Kitoto Tshefu, Thérèse Delvaux and Yves Coppieters

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:49

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  2. Content type: Review

    Oral and anal sexual behaviours are increasingly reported among adolescents and adults reporting heterosexual sex in peer-reviewed journals in high income countries, but less is known about these behaviours in...

    Authors: Imran O. Morhason-Bello, Severin Kabakama, Kathy Baisley, Suzanna C. Francis and Deborah Watson-Jones

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:48

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  3. Content type: Research

    Health state utility values allow for comparison of treatments across different diseases. Utility values for fertility-impaired health states are currently unavailable. Such values are necessary in order to de...

    Authors: Marieke Krol, Annemiek Nap, Renée Michels, Christiaan Veraart and Lucas Goossens

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:47

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  4. Content type: Research

    Calcium and low-dose aspirin are two potential approaches for primary prevention of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP). This study aimed to explore the acceptability, views and preferences of pregnant w...

    Authors: A. Vestering, M. N. Bekker, D. E. Grobbee, R. van der Graaf, A. Franx, N. M. T. Crombag and J. L. Browne

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:46

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  5. Content type: Study protocol

    Considering that individuals’ health practices can affect the health of both mothers and babies, this study is designed to: (a) assess adolescent pregnant women’s health practices and their relationship with m...

    Authors: Tahere Hadian, Sanaz Mousavi, Shahla Meedya, Sakineh Mohammad-Alizadeh-Charandabi, Eesa Mohammadi and Mojgan Mirghafourvand

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:45

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  6. Content type: Review

    In countries where abortion is legally restricted or clandestine, estimates of abortion incidence are needed in order to bring attention to the reality of this practice. Innovations in methods for estimating s...

    Authors: Gilda Sedgh and Sarah C. Keogh

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:44

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  7. Content type: Research

    Reducing the incidence of preterm birth is a national priority. Maternal cigarette smoking is strongly and consistently associated with preterm birth. The objective of this study was to examine prenatal exposu...

    Authors: Anthony J. Kondracki and Sandra L. Hofferth

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:43

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  8. Content type: Research

    In order to set research priorities for reproductive health in the occupied Palestinian territory, it is vital to know what current research has been done in the field of reproductive health. The purpose of th...

    Authors: Aisha Shalash, Hasan M Alsalman, Alaa Hamed, Mai Abu Helo, Rula Ghandour, Loai Albarqouni and Niveen ME Abu Rmeileh

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:41

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  9. Content type: Research

    Birth preparedness and complication readiness (BPCR) is a strategy that helps women to consider all available maternal health care services during pregnancy and prepare for potential complications. Though glob...

    Authors: Gedion Asnake Azeze, Taklu Marama Mokonnon and Melkamu Worku Kercho

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:39

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  10. Content type: Research

    The Republic of Niger has the highest rate of early marriage and adolescent fertility in the world. Recent global health initiatives, such as Family Planning 2020, have reinvigorated investments in family plan...

    Authors: Mohamad I. Brooks, Nicole E. Johns, Anne K. Quinn, Sabrina C. Boyce, Ibrahima A. Fatouma, Alhassane O. Oumarou, Aliou Sani and Jay G. Silverman

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:38

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  11. Content type: Research

    Domestic violence is a common global health problem and relatively hidden and ignored form of violence against pregnant women. The magnitude of domestic violence among pregnant women is higher in low and middl...

    Authors: Kalkidan Yohannes, Lulu Abebe, Teresa Kisi, Wubit Demeke, Solomon Yimer, Mohammed Feyiso and Getinet Ayano

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:37

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  12. Content type: Study protocol

    Estimates of pregnancies, abortions and pregnancy intentions can help assess how effectively women and couples are able to fulfil their childbearing aspirations. Abortion incidence estimates are also a necessa...

    Authors: Jonathan Marc Bearak, Anna Popinchalk, Gilda Sedgh, Bela Ganatra, Ann-Beth Moller, Özge Tunçalp and Leontine Alkema

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:36

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  13. Content type: Research

    Humanitarian crises and migration make girls and women more vulnerable to poor sexual and reproductive health (SRH) outcomes. Nevertheless, there is still a dearth of information on SRH outcomes and access to ...

    Authors: Olena Ivanova, Masna Rai, Wendo Mlahagwa, Jackline Tumuhairwe, Abhishek Bakuli, Viola N. Nyakato and Elizabeth Kemigisha

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:35

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  14. Content type: Study protocol

    Maternal anemia is a leading public health issue placing pregnant women at higher risk of low birth weight, preterm birth, perinatal mortality, and neonatal mortality. Women in developing countries are at high...

    Authors: Sumera Aziz Ali, Zahid Abbasi, Anam Feroz, K Michael Hambidge, Nancy F Krebs, Jamie E Westcott and Sarah Saleem

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:34

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  15. Content type: Research

    Husbands play an influential role in women’s access to health care, such as family planning services. However, there is little evidence of the level of husbands’ involvement in family planning services among p...

    Authors: Mebrahtu Kalayu Chekole, Znabu Hadush Kahsay, Araya Abrha Medhanyie, Mussie Alemayehu Gebreslassie and Afework Mulugeta Bezabh

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:33

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  16. Content type: Study protocol

    One of the most common complications of pregnancy and the third cause of maternal death is preeclampsia. Thus this group of mothers should be supported, trained and received efficient health care services. Hom...

    Authors: Zahra Rastegari, Mohammad H. Yarmohammadian, Fatemeh Mohammadi and Shahnaz Kohan

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:32

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  17. Content type: Study protocol

    Pregnancy as one of the critical stages of life carries a high risk to the health of pregnant women. The amount of weight gained during pregnancy can affect the woman and her infant health immediately or in th...

    Authors: Hossein Shahnazi, Nafiseh Abdolalian, Ashraf Kazemi and Akbar Hassanzadeh

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:31

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  18. Content type: Research

    Obstetric fistula is a reproductive health problem causing immense suffering to 1% of women in Kenya that is formed as sequelae of prolonged obstructed labour. It is a chronic illness that disrupts women lives...

    Authors: Anne M. Khisa, Isaac K. Nyamongo, Grace M. Omoni and Rachel F. Spitzer

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:29

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  19. Content type: Research

    There have been few studies to examine antenatal predictors of incident postnatal depression, particularly in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The aim of this study was to investigate antenatal predic...

    Authors: Tesera Bitew, Charlotte Hanlon, Girmay Medhin and Abebaw Fekadu

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:28

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  20. Content type: Research

    Sexually transmitted infections constitute a major public health problem worldwide. Syphilis and HIV infections cause various adverse pregnancy outcomes. Therefore, the aim of this study was to determine the s...

    Authors: Belete Biadgo, Ahmed Hassen, Mekuriaw Getaneh, Habtie Tesfa, Kefyalew N. Jaleta, Tegegne Eshetu, Dessie Kasew and Mulugeta Melku

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:27

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  21. Content type: Research

    Motivations for use of contraceptives vary across populations. While some women use contraceptives for birth spacing, others adopt contraception for stopping childbearing. As part of efforts to guide the polic...

    Authors: Ayaga A. Bawah, Patrick Asuming, Sebastian F. Achana, Edmund W. Kanmiki, John Koku Awoonor-Williams and James F. Phillips

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:26

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  22. Content type: Research

    Depression is the most prevalent psychiatric disorder during pregnancy. It is not only common and chronic among women throughout the world but also principal source of disability in pregnant women. The scarce ...

    Authors: Bereket Duko, Getinet Ayano and Asres Bedaso

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:25

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  23. Content type: Research

    Lack of skills on how to diagnose and manage obstetric emergencies contribute to substandard institutional care and preventable maternal deaths in Brazil. Simulation-based obstetric emergency team training can...

    Authors: Monica Maria Siaulys, Lissandra Borba da Cunha, Maria Regina Torloni and Mario Macoto Kondo

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:24

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  24. Content type: Study protocol

    Gestational surrogacy is one of the options for women whom pregnancy is contraindicated. Despite of increasing demand for gestational surrogacy, its various aspects are controversial. The unique nature of surr...

    Authors: Marjan Goli, Ziba Farajzadegan, Zeinab Heidari and Shahnaz Kohan

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:23

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  25. Content type: Research

    Intimate partner violence is a common phenomenon in Ethiopia families. About 81% of women believed that a husband is justified in beating his wife. About 30–60% of families were affected by their intimates. Wo...

    Authors: Eskedar Berhanie, Dawit Gebregziabher, Hagos Berihu, Azmera Gerezgiher and Genet Kidane

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:22

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  26. Content type: Research

    There is still a large gap in relation to effectively meet the contraceptive needs and family planning goals of adolescents. Our aim was to describe how having a partner and children impact on contraceptive be...

    Authors: Carolina de Vargas Nunes Coll, Fernanda Ewerling, Franciele Hellwig and Aluísio Jardim Dornellas de Barros

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:21

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  27. Content type: Research

    Malawi has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world, with unsafe abortion as a major contributor. Curettage is most frequently used as the surgical method for treating incomplete abortions, eve...

    Authors: Maria Lisa Odland, Gladys Membe-Gadama, Ursula Kafulafula, Jon Øyvind Odland and Elisabeth Darj

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:20

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  28. Content type: Research

    Countries with high maternal and newborn mortality can benefit from national facility level data that describe intra-facility emergency referral patterns for major obstetric complications. This paper assesses ...

    Authors: Patricia E. Bailey, John Koku Awoonor-Williams, Victoria Lebrun, Emily Keyes, Mario Chen, Patrick Aboagye and Kavita Singh

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:19

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  29. Content type: Research

    In Liberia, approximately 70% of the women of the North-Central and North-Western regions could have undergone female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) in their childhood during a traditional ceremony marking...

    Authors: Christine K. Tarr-Attia, Grace Hawa Boiwu and Guillermo Martínez-Pérez

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:18

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  30. Content type: Research

    Involving male partners in family planning (FP) education and counseling may improve FP utilization and help meet couples’ reproductive health needs in the postpartum period. We aimed to explore Kenyan men’s a...

    Authors: Elizabeth K. Harrington, Erin E. McCoy, Alison L. Drake, Daniel Matemo, Grace John-Stewart, John Kinuthia and Jennifer A. Unger

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:17

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  31. Content type: Research

    Iran has one of the highest national caesarean section rates worldwide. Few studies explored in-depth the health-facility and health-system level factors that affect women’s choices on mode of delivery in Iran...

    Authors: Mahboube Shirzad, Elham Shakibazadeh, Ana Pilar Betran, Meghan A. Bohren and Mehrandokht Abedini

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:15

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  32. Content type: Research

    Iron deficiency anemia during pregnancy is a public health problem across the globe that adversely affects maternal and perinatal outcome. World Health Organization recommends that universal iron folic acid su...

    Authors: Zemenu Yohannes Kassa, Tegibelu Awraris, Alemneh Kabeta Daba and Zelalem Tenaw

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:14

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  33. Content type: Study protocol

    National and international guidelines for the management of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP) are available in developing countries. However, more detailed clinical pathways for primary care settings a...

    Authors: Fitriana Murriya Ekawati, Sharon Licqurish, Ova Emilia, Jane Gunn, Shaun Brennecke and Phyllis Lau

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:12

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  34. Content type: Study protocol

    Complications of exposure to second-hand smoke (SHS) are known to affect the health of pregnant women; it requires designing an educational program to reduce the exposure of pregnant women to smoke. Therefore,...

    Authors: Zohreh Karimiankakolaki, Seyed Saeed Mazloomy Mahmoodabad, Ashraf Kazemi and Hossein Fallahzadeh

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:11

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  35. Content type: Research

    Unintended pregnancy and induced abortion among young (unmarried or nulliparous) women have become serious social and health issues in China, which are thought to partly result from low use of long-acting reve...

    Authors: Ziliang Wang, Chaohua Lou, Longmei Jin, Maohua Miao, Xiaowen Tu, Hong Liang, Yan Cheng and Wei Yuan

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:10

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  36. Content type: Review

    Between 1 and 5% of children in industrialized countries are conceived through Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART). As infertility and the use of ART may be associated with adverse perinatal outcomes, car...

    Authors: Maria P. Velez, Candyce Hamel, Brian Hutton, Laura Gaudet, Mark Walker, Micere Thuku, Kelly D. Cobey, Misty Pratt, Becky Skidmore and Graeme N. Smith

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:9

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  37. Content type: Research

    Malawi has one of the highest adolescent pregnancy rates worldwide; at 141 births/1000 girls it is 3-fold higher than the global average. Adolescent pregnancy contributes to poor maternal and neonatal outcomes...

    Authors: Kristin Nash, Gabrielle O’Malley, Elizabeth Geoffroy, Ellen Schell, Alice Bvumbwe and Donna M. Denno

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:8

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  38. Content type: Research

    To investigate the nature and context of mistreatment during labour and childbirth at public and private sector maternity facilities in Uttar Pradesh, India.

    Authors: Gaurav Sharma, Loveday Penn-Kekana, Kaveri Halder and Véronique Filippi

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:7

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  39. Content type: Research

    Adolescents 360 (A360) is an initiative being rolled out across Ethiopia, Nigeria and Tanzania with the aim of increasing uptake of voluntary modern contraception among sexually active women aged 15 to 19 year...

    Authors: Christina J. Atchison, Jenny A. Cresswell, Saidi Kapiga, Mussa Kelvin Nsanya, Emily E. Crawford, Mohammed Mussa, Christian Bottomley, James R. Hargreaves and Aoife M. Doyle

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:6

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  40. Content type: Research

    Reducing maternal mortality still remains a major challenge in low-income countries. This study aims to explore how digital communication tools can be used to evaluate the maternal deaths surveillance and resp...

    Authors: Tamba Mina Millimouno, Sidikiba Sidibé, Alexandre Delamou, Kéfilath Olatoyossi Akankè Bello, Basile Keugoung, Jean Paul Dossou, Abdoul Habib Beavogui and Bruno Meessen

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:5

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  41. Content type: Research

    Adolescents especially females in rural area are vulnerable to a wide range of reproductive health problems including sexually transmitted infections, unwanted pregnancies, and unsafe abortion. They have limit...

    Authors: Hailay Gebreyesus, Mebrahtu Teweldemedhin and Abebe Mamo

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:4

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  42. Content type: Study protocol

    Around 5.4 million under-five deaths occur globally annually. Over 2.5 million neonatal deaths and an equivalent stillbirths also occur annually worldwide. India is largest contributor to these under-five deat...

    Authors: Manoja Kumar Das, Narendra Kumar Arora, Reeta Rasaily, Harish Chellani, Harsha Gaikwad and Kathryn Banke

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:3

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  43. Content type: Research

    Nigeria has an annual population of ~ 200,000 women who are both pregnant and HIV-positive. High unmet need for family planning in this population could lead to unintended pregnancies, along with the increased...

    Authors: Eric E. Chinaeke, Chinenye Fan-Osuala, Miriam Bathnna, Chamberline E. Ozigbu, Babayemi Olakunde, Habib O. Ramadhani, Echezona E. Ezeanolue and Nadia A. Sam-Agudu

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:2

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  44. Content type: Research

    The increase in global health networks as mechanisms for improving health and affecting social change has been recognized as a key component of the global health landscape today. To successfully raise awarenes...

    Authors: Meaghan O’Connor, Kayla McGowan and R. Rima Jolivet

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2019 16:1

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