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  1. Content type: Research

    Uganda is far from meeting the sustainable development goals on maternal and neonatal mortality with a maternal mortality ratio of 383/100,000 live births, and 33% of the women gave birth by 18 years. The neon...

    Authors: Isabella Epiu, Josaphat Byamugisha, Andrew Kwikiriza and Meg Amy Autry

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15:168

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  2. Content type: Review

    Respectful maternity care research in Tanzania continues to increase. This is an overview of the literature summarizing research based on the domains which comprise this quality of care indicator, ranging from...

    Authors: Karline Wilson-Mitchell, Lucia Eustace, Jamie Robinson, Aloisia Shemdoe and Stephano Simba

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15:167

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    Unwanted pregnancies and unsafe abortions are prevalent in regions where women and adolescent girls have unmet contraceptive needs. Globally, about 25 million unsafe abortions take place every year. In countri...

    Authors: Ulrika Rehnström Loi, Matilda Lindgren, Elisabeth Faxelid, Monica Oguttu and Marie Klingberg-Allvin

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15:166

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    Self-injection of subcutaneous depot medroxyprogesterone acetate may offer greater discretion and increase access to injectable contraception, particularly for those who face challenges accessing clinic servic...

    Authors: Jane Cover, Allen Namagembe, Justine Tumusiime, Jeanette Lim and Carie Muntifering Cox

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15:165

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  5. Content type: Research

    Condoms are an important prevention method in the transmission of HIV and sexually transmitted infections as well as unintended pregnancy. Individual-level factors associated with condom use include family sup...

    Authors: Aparna Jain, Elizabeth Tobey, Hussein Ismail and Annabel Erulkar

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15:164

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  6. Content type: Research

    Low birth weight (LBW) is one of the most important factors affecting child morbidity and mortality worldwide. Antenatal care (ANC) is an opportunity for reaching pregnant women with a number of interventions ...

    Authors: Tadese Ejigu Tafere, Mesganaw Fanthahun Afework and Alemayehu Woreku Yalew

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15:163

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    Globally 3.1 million children die each year in their neonatal period (first 28 days of life) according to World Health Organization (WHO) 2011 report. Half of these surprisingly occur within the first 24 h of ...

    Authors: Tesfaye Yitna Chichiabellu, Baze Mekonnen, Feleke Hailemichael Astawesegn, Birhanu Wondimeneh Demissie and Antehun Alemayehu Anjulo

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15:162

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  8. Content type: Research

    Ethiopia is among the ten world countries with highest maternal death rates that accounts for more than 59% of global maternal deaths. Uterine rupture is one of the dangerous obstetric problems with high poten...

    Authors: Fikru Abebe, Ephrem Mannekulih, Abebe Megerso, Abdurahman Idris and Tsegaye Legese

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15:161

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  9. Content type: Research

    Pre-pregnancy weight and weight gained during pregnancy significantly influence maternal and infant health. Little information is available regarding optimal gestational weight gain (GWG) in relation to pre-pr...

    Authors: Ronald Wanyama, Gerald Obai, Pancras Odongo, Mike N. Kagawa and Rhona K. Baingana

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15:160

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  10. Content type: Study protocol

    The World Health Organization identifies pregnant women as at high-risk for severe influenza, but influenza vaccines are underutilized among pregnant women. Data on influenza burden during pregnancy are largel...

    Authors: Fatimah S. Dawood, Danielle Hunt, Archana Patel, Wanitchaya Kittikraisak, Yeny Tinoco, Kunal Kurhe, Giselle Soto, Danielle Hombroek, Shikha Garg, Tawee Chotpitayasunondh, Oswaldo Gonzales, Savita Bhargav, Mark G. Thompson, Bajaree Chotpitayasunondh, Richard Florian, Amber Prakash…

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15:159

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  11. Content type: Research

    Exploring barriers contributing to low utilization of Antenatal Care (ANC) during the first trimester of pregnancy is of national programmatic importance. We conducted an exploratory study in 2013 at Bilira He...

    Authors: Chancy S. Chimatiro, Precious Hajison, Effie Chipeta and Adamson S. Muula

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15:158

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  12. Content type: Research

    Prematurity and low birth weight are significant predictors of perinatal morbidity and mortality and are influenced by the overall health and socioeconomic status of the pregnant mother. Although Cyprus is cha...

    Authors: Paraskevi Stylianou-Riga, Panayiotis Kouis, Paraskevi Kinni, Angelos Rigas, Thalia Papadouri, Panayiotis K. Yiallouros and Mamas Theodorou

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15:157

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  13. Content type: Research

    Adolescent girls with a history of maltreatment are at heightened risk for health-risking behaviors, including unsafe sexual behaviors and drug use. However, few studies have examined the views of this populat...

    Authors: Miriam Clark, Rohanna Buchanan, Rachel Kovensky and Leslie D. Leve

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15:156

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  14. Content type: Research

    Sierra Leone has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. Encouraging the use of skilled birth attendance in health facilities is an important step in the endeavor to increase the number of sa...

    Authors: Stefanie Theuring, Alimamy Philip Koroma and Gundel Harms

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15:155

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  15. Content type: Research

    The principal aim of this study was to understand how communication between parents and health professionals concerning prematurity occurs, from delivery to admission to the neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

    Authors: Maria J. O. Miele, Rodolfo C. Pacagnella, Maria J. D. Osis, Carina R. Angelini, Jussara L. Souza and José G. Cecatti

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15:154

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  16. Content type: Commentary

    In recent years, mistreatment during childbirth has captured the public health and maternal health consciousness as not only an affront to women’s rights but also a formidable deterrent to the uptake of facili...

    Authors: Shannon A. McMahon, Rose John Mnzava, Gaudiosa Tibaijuka and Sheena Currie

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15:153

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  17. Content type: Research

    Integration of family planning (FP) services into non-FP care visits is an essential strategy for reducing maternal and neonatal mortality through reduction of short birth intervals and unplanned pregnancies.

    Authors: M. M. Dynes, E. Bernstein, D. Morof, L. Kelly, A. Ruiz, W. Mongo, P. Chaote, R. N. Bujari and F. Serbanescu

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15:152

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  18. Content type: Research

    There is an increasing awareness that infertility in Sub-Saharan Africa constitutes a severe social and public health problem. Few of the existing studies on infertility explicitly take into account the differ...

    Authors: Susan Dierickx, Ladan Rahbari, Chia Longman, Fatou Jaiteh and Gily Coene

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15:151

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  19. Content type: Research

    Abortion stigma is experienced by women seeking abortion services and by abortion providers in a range of legal contexts, including Uruguay, where abortion was decriminalized up to 12 weeks gestation in 2012. ...

    Authors: Roosbelinda Cárdenas, Ana Labandera, Sarah E. Baum, Fernanda Chiribao, Ivana Leus, Silvia Avondet and Jennifer Friedman

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15:150

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  20. Content type: Research

    Previous studies indicated that excessive gestational weight gain (GWG) was positively associated with offspring obesity. Nevertheless, little is known about the effect of GWG on offspring thinness. This study...

    Authors: Nianqing Wan, Li Cai, Weiqing Tan, Ting Zhang, Jiewen Yang and Yajun Chen

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15:149

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  21. Content type: Research

    In most Sub-Saharan African countries, little is known about young adolescents’ sexual and reproductive health (SRH). Though some efforts have been made to understand and improve SRH of older adolescents, very...

    Authors: Elizabeth Kemigisha, Katharine Bruce, Viola N. Nyakato, Gad Ndaruhutse Ruzaaza, Anna B. Ninsiima, Wendo Mlahagwa, Els Leye, Gily Coene and Kristien Michielsen

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15:148

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  22. Content type: Research

    Person-centered care during childbirth is recognized as a critical component of quality of maternity care. But there are few validated tools to measure person-centered maternity care (PCMC). This paper aims to...

    Authors: Patience A. Afulani, Nadia Diamond-Smith, Beth Phillips, Shreya Singhal and May Sudhinaraset

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15:147

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  23. Content type: Research

    Adolescents in the Latin American and Caribbean region continue to experience poor reproductive health outcomes, including high rates of first birth before the age of 20 years. Aggregate national level data fa...

    Authors: Sarah Neal, Chloe Harvey, Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli, Sonja Caffe and Alma Virginia Camacho

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15:146

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  24. Content type: Study protocol

    Research that explores how community-based interventions for strengthening adolescent sexual reproductive health and rights (SRHR) can be integrated and sustained in community health systems, is, to the best o...

    Authors: Joseph M. Zulu, Isabel Goicolea, John Kinsman, Ingvild Fossgard Sandøy, Astrid Blystad, Chama Mulubwa, Mpundu C. Makasa, Charles Michelo, Patrick Musonda and Anna-Karin Hurtig

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15:145

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  25. Content type: Review

    This paper responds to the global call to action for respectful maternity care (RMC) by examining whether and how gender inequalities and unequal power dynamics in the health system undermine quality of care o...

    Authors: Myra L. Betron, Tracy L. McClair, Sheena Currie and Joya Banerjee

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15:143

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  26. Content type: Study protocol

    The inclusion of fathers’ participation during the perinatal period is an important strategy for improving mothers’ health. No studies have yet been conducted in Iran to explain the concept, obstacles and faci...

    Authors: Vahideh Firouzan, Mahnaz Noroozi, Ziba Farajzadegan and Mojgan Mirghafourvand

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15:142

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  27. Content type: Study protocol

    Protection and promotion of sexual health is of great importance for educable intellectually disabled adolescent girls; since they are prone to high risk sexual vulnerabilities and consequences, such as unwant...

    Authors: Shadi Goli, Mahnaz Noroozi and Mehrdad Salehi

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15:141

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  28. Content type: Research

    A menstrual cup can be a good solution for menstrual hygiene management in economically challenged settings. As part of a pilot study we assessed uptake and maintenance of cup use among young school girls in K...

    Authors: Anna Maria van Eijk, Kayla F. Laserson, Elizabeth Nyothach, Kelvin Oruko, Jackton Omoto, Linda Mason, Kelly Alexander, Clifford Oduor, Aisha Mohammed, Alie Eleveld, Isaac Ngere, David Obor, John Vulule and Penelope A. Phillips-Howard

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15:139

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  29. Content type: Research

    South African young women continue to be vulnerable, with high prevalence of teenage pregnancy, HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and female genital schistosomiasis (FGS). This study seeks to examine...

    Authors: Hashini Nilushika Galappaththi-Arachchige, Siphosenkosi G. Zulu, Elisabeth Kleppa, Kristine Lillebo, Erik Qvigstad, Patricia Ndhlovu, Birgitte Jyding Vennervald, Svein Gunnar Gundersen, Eyrun Floerecke Kjetland and Myra Taylor

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15:138

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  30. Content type: Research

    In Tanzania, the provision of humanized care is increasingly being emphasized in midwifery practice, yet studies regarding perceptions and practices of skilled health personnel towards the humanization of birt...

    Authors: Lilian T. Mselle, Thecla W. Kohi and Justine Dol

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15:137

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  31. Content type: Research

    There is limited information on the impact of effective healthcare provider-patient communication on facility-based delivery in Malawi. The purpose of this study was to examine the nature of communication in t...

    Authors: Precious Madula, Fatch Welcome Kalembo, Hong Yu and Atipatsa Chiwanda Kaminga

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15:135

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  32. Content type: Research

    Information regarding in vitro fertilization (IVF) as a pregnancy risk factor (yes/ no) is stored in each birth record of the Estonian Medical Birth Registry (EMBR). This study aimed to assess the validity of ...

    Authors: Kärt Allvee, Mati Rahu, Kai Haldre, Helle Karro and Kaja Rahu

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15:133

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  33. Content type: Research

    Skilled birth attendance, institutional deliveries, and provision of quality, respectful care are key practices to improve maternal and neonatal health outcomes. In Mozambique, the government has prioritized i...

    Authors: Claire B. Cole, Julio Pacca, Alicia Mehl, Anna Tomasulo, Luc van der Veken, Adalgisa Viola and Valéry Ridde

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15:132

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  34. Content type: Commentary

    While much progress has been achieved globally in the fight against malaria, the significant financial investments made to date have not translated into scaled-up malaria in pregnancy (MiP) prevention efforts....

    Authors: Erin K. Ferenchick, Elaine Roman, Katherine Wolf, Lia Florey, Susan Youll, Viviana Mangiaterra, Koki Agarwal and Julie Gutman

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15:131

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  35. Content type: Review

    There is continued debate about the role of women and communities in influencing rising rates of caesarean section (CS). In settings where CS rates exceed recommended levels, mothers and babies are exposed to ...

    Authors: Carol Kingdon, Soo Downe and Ana Pilar Betran

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15:130

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  36. Content type: Review

    Although growing, evidence on the impact, access, utility, effectiveness, and cost-benefit of obstetric ultrasound in resource-constrained settings is still somewhat limited. Hence, questions around the purpos...

    Authors: Eunsoo Timothy Kim, Kavita Singh, Allisyn Moran, Deborah Armbruster and Naoko Kozuki

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15:129

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  37. Content type: Research

    Client-centered contraceptive counseling is critical to meeting demand for contraception and protecting human rights. However, despite various efforts to optimize counseling, little is known outside of the Uni...

    Authors: Kelsey Holt, Icela Zavala, Ximena Quintero, Doroteo Mendoza, Marie C. McCormick, Christine Dehlendorf, Ellice Lieberman and Ana Langer

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15:128

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  38. Content type: Research

    Client satisfaction has been found to be an important factor for the uptake and continuation of family planning services. This study aimed to examine the current status of and factors associated with client’s ...

    Authors: Deogratius Bintabara, Julius Ntwenya, Isaac I. Maro, Stephen Kibusi, Daniel W. Gunda and Bonaventura C. T. Mpondo

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15:127

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  39. Content type: Study protocol

    Young people face special challenges to accessing needed sexual and reproductive health (SRH) information and support. With high penetration and access, mobile phones provide a new channel for reaching young p...

    Authors: Lianne Gonsalves, Michelle J. Hindin, Angela Bayer, Cesar P. Carcamo, Peter Gichangi, Ndema Habib, Jefferson Mwaisaka and Lale Say

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15:126

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  40. Content type: Research

    Adolescent pregnancy is among the many public health concerns not only in Zambia but also in other parts of the world. Exploring pregnant adolescents’ experiences of antenatal care may help to identify specifi...

    Authors: Bwalya C. Bwalya, Doreen Sitali, Kumar Sridutt Baboo and Joseph M. Zulu

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15:124

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  41. 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 induced abortion-r...

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

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15:123

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  42. Content type: Research

    Adolescent sexual and reproductive health is recognized as a key developmental issue of international concern. However, adolescents’ access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) information and services is l...

    Authors: Philip Teg-Nefaah Tabong, Ernest Tei Maya, Terence Adda-Balinia, Dela Kusi-Appouh, Harriet Birungi, Placide Tabsoba and Philip Baba Adongo

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15:122

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  43. Content type: Research

    Motherhood is a demanding part of any women’s life. Female interns could encounter difficulties during selection for residency program according to their plans of conceiving. Our aim is to explore the influenc...

    Authors: Elie Attieh, Samer Maalouf, Cynthia Chalfoun, Pamela Abdayem, Elie Nemr and Assaad Kesrouani

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15:121

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  44. Content type: Research

    Guatemala’s indigenous Maya population has one of the highest perinatal and maternal mortality rates in Latin America. In this population most births are delivered at home by traditional birth attendants (TBAs...

    Authors: Boris Martinez, Enma Coyote Ixen, Rachel Hall-Clifford, Michel Juarez, Ann C. Miller, Aaron Francis, Camilo E. Valderrama, Lisa Stroux, Gari D. Clifford and Peter Rohloff

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15:120

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  45. Content type: Study protocol

    Inequities in maternal health services utilization constitute a major challenge in maternal mortality reduction in Ethiopia. We sought to assess magnitude, trends, and determinants of inequities in maternal he...

    Authors: Emebet Gebre, Alemayehu Worku and Fawole Bukola

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15:119

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