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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. Content type: Research

    Although the need for multi-faceted and multi-sectoral approaches to address the multidimensional issue of child marriage is well-acknowledged, there is a dearth of documented experience on the process of impl...

    Authors: Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli, Marina Plesons, Alka Barua, Priyanka Sreenath and Sunil Mehra

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15:118

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  28. Content type: Research

    To increase births attended by skilled birth attendants in Tanzania, studies have identified the need for involvement of the whole family in pregnancy and childbirth education. This study aimed to develop, imp...

    Authors: Yoko Shimpuku, Frida E. Madeni, Shigeko Horiuchi, Kazumi Kubota and Sebalda C. Leshabari

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15:117

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  29. Content type: Study protocol

    With nearly 15 million annual preterm births globally, preterm birth is the most common cause of neonatal death. Forty to 60 % of neonatal deaths are directly or indirectly associated with preterm mortality. A...

    Authors: Lulu M. Muhe, Elizabeth M. McClure, Amha Mekasha, Bogale Worku, Alemayehu Worku, Asrat Dimtse, Goitom Gebreyesus, Zemene Tigabu, Mahlet Abayneh, Netsanet Workneh, Beza Eshetu, Abayneh Girma, Mesfin Asefa, Ramon Portales, Mahlet Arayaselassie, Yirgu Gebrehiwot…

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15:116

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  30. Content type: Research

    There is no evidence of the practices of obstetricians and gynecologists (OB/GYNs) regarding contraceptive use and determinants influencing contraceptive choices, including emergency methods such as combined o...

    Authors: Xin Yang, Xiaodong Li, Yanjie Wang, Xiaojing He and Yang Zhao

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15:115

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  31. Content type: Review

    Concern about side effects and health issues are common reasons for contraceptive non-use or discontinuation. Contraceptive-induced menstrual bleeding changes (CIMBCs) are linked to these concerns. Research on...

    Authors: Chelsea B. Polis, Rubina Hussain and Amanda Berry

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15:114

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  32. Content type: Commentary

    In March 2018, Dr. Martin C. Koch and colleagues published an analysis purporting to measure the effectiveness of the Daysy device and DaysyView app for the prevention of unintended pregnancy. Unfortunately, t...

    Authors: Chelsea B. Polis

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15:113

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    The Letter to the Editor to this article has been published in Reproductive Health 2019 16:83

  33. Content type: Research

    The purpose of the study was to explore the association between couples’ joint participation in household decision making and modern contraceptive use (MCU) among fecund (physically able to bear child) young w...

    Authors: Ahmed Zohirul Islam

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15:112

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  34. Content type: Commentary

    The Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College (JNMC) Women’s and Children’s Health Research Unit (WCHRU) of the Karnataka Lingayat Education (KLE) Academy of Higher Education and Research Deemed-to-be-University and it...

    Authors: Robert L. Goldenberg, Elizabeth M. McClure and José M. Belizán

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15(Suppl 1):99

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 15 Supplement 1

  35. Content type: Review

    Maternal mortality continues to be of great public health importance, however for each woman who dies as the direct or indirect result of pregnancy, many more women experience life-threatening complications. T...

    Authors: Stacie E. Geller, Abigail R. Koch, Caitlin E. Garland, E. Jane MacDonald, Francesca Storey and Beverley Lawton

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15(Suppl 1):98

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 15 Supplement 1

  36. Content type: Research

    There is empirical evidence that measured postpartum blood loss has a lognormal distribution. This feature can be used to analyze events of the type ‘blood loss greater than a certain cutoff point’ using a log...

    Authors: Gilda Piaggio, José Ferreira de Carvalho and Fernando Althabe

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15(Suppl 1):97

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 15 Supplement 1

  37. Content type: Commentary

    Iron deficiency anemia of pregnancy is common, especially in South Asia, and is associated with adverse maternal and fetal outcomes including increased incidences of maternal mortality, preterm labor and low b...

    Authors: Michael Auerbach

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15(Suppl 1):96

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 15 Supplement 1

  38. Content type: Research

    The prevalence of early pregnancy loss through miscarriage and medically terminated pregnancy (MTP) is largely unknown due to lack of early registration of pregnancies in most regions, and especially in low- a...

    Authors: Sangappa M. Dhaded, Manjunath S. Somannavar, Jane P. Jacob, Elizabeth M. McClure, Sunil S. Vernekar, S. Yogesh Kumar, Avinash Kavi, Umesh Y. Ramadurg, Janet L. Moore, Dennis P. Wallace, Richard J. Derman, Robert L. Goldenberg and Shivaprasad S. Goudar

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15(Suppl 1):95

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 15 Supplement 1

  39. Content type: Review

    Postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) is the leading cause of maternal mortality in low-income countries and is a significant contributor to severe maternal morbidity and long-term disability. Carbetocin may be an unde...

    Authors: Fiona J. Theunissen, Lester Chinery and Yeshita V. Pujar

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15(Suppl 1):94

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 15 Supplement 1

  40. Content type: Research

    Iron deficiency is especially common in women during the reproductive age and it is estimated that 52% of pregnant women have iron deficiency anemia. Maternal iron deficiency with or without anemia in pregnanc...

    Authors: Torben Moos, Tina Skjørringe and Lars Lykke Thomsen

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15(Suppl 1):93

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 15 Supplement 1

  41. Content type: Commentary

    Approximately 820 women die in pregnancy and childbirth every day worldwide, with 99% of these occurring in low-resource settings. The most common causes of maternal mortality are haemorrhage, sepsis and hyper...

    Authors: Nicola Vousden, Hannah L. Nathan and Andrew H. Shennan

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15(Suppl 1):92

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 15 Supplement 1

  42. Content type: Research

    Pre-eclampsia and eclampsia are major causes of maternal morbidity and mortality. Magnesium sulphate is accepted as the anticonvulsant of choice in these conditions and is present on the WHO essential medicine...

    Authors: Geetanjali Katageri, Umesh Charantimath, Anjali Joshi, Marianne Vidler, Umesh Ramadurg, Sumedha Sharma, Sheshidhar Bannale, Beth A. Payne, Sangamesh Rakaraddi, Chandrashekhar Karadiguddi, Geetanjali Mungarwadi, Avinash Kavi, Diane Sawchuck, Richard Derman, Shivaprasad Goudar, Ashalata Mallapur…

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15(Suppl 1):91

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 15 Supplement 1

  43. Content type: Research

    As per the World Health Organization, the nutritional status of women of reproductive age is important, as effects of undernutrition are propagated to future generations. More than one-third of Indian women in...

    Authors: Shivanand C. Mastiholi, Manjunath S. Somannavar, Sunil S. Vernekar, S. Yogesh Kumar, Sangappa M. Dhaded, Veena R. Herekar, Rebecca L. Lander, Michael K. Hambidge, Nancy F. Krebs and Shivaprasad S. Goudar

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15(Suppl 1):90

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 15 Supplement 1

  44. Content type: Commentary

    This paper reviews the very large discrepancies in pregnancy outcomes between high, low and middle-income countries and then presents the medical causes of maternal mortality, stillbirth and neonatal mortality...

    Authors: Robert L. Goldenberg, Elizabeth M. McClure and Sarah Saleem

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15(Suppl 1):88

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 15 Supplement 1

  45. Content type: Review

    The growing appreciation of the multi-faceted importance of optimal maternal nutrition to the health and development of the infant and young child is tempered by incompletely resolved strategies for combatting...

    Authors: K. Michael Hambidge and Nancy F. Krebs

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15(Suppl 1):87

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 15 Supplement 1

  46. Content type: Commentary

    Louis Pasteur once commented on the happiness that a scientist finds when, besides making a discovery, study results find practical application. Where health status is poor and resources are limited, finding s...

    Authors: Richard J. Derman and Frances J. Jaeger

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15(Suppl 1):86

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 15 Supplement 1

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