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  1. Content type: Correction

    After publication of the original article [1], it came to the authors’ attention that the Acknowledgements section was not completed correctly. The Acknowledgements of the article should have been as follows.

    Authors: Mercedes Bonet, Vicky Nogueira Pileggi, Marcus J. Rijken, Arri Coomarasamy, David Lissauer, João Paulo Souza and Ahmet Metin Gülmezoglu

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15:6

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    The original article was published in Reproductive Health 2017 14:67

  2. Content type: Research

    Individuals affected by cancer report a need for information about fertility from health care professionals (HCPs), in order to inform decision making and alleviate anxiety. However, there is evidence that man...

    Authors: Jane M. Ussher, Chloe Parton and Janette Perz

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15:2

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  3. Content type: Research

    Vital signs measurement can identify pregnant and postpartum women who require urgent treatment or referral. In low-resource settings, healthcare workers have limited access to accurate vital signs measuring d...

    Authors: Hannah L. Nathan, Helena Boene, Khatia Munguambe, Esperança Sevene, David Akeju, Olalekan O. Adetoro, Umesh Charanthimath, Mrutyunjaya B. Bellad, Annemarie de Greeff, John Anthony, David R. Hall, Wilhelm Steyn, Marianne Vidler, Peter von Dadelszen, Lucy C. Chappell, Jane Sandall…

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15:5

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    American Muslim women are an understudied population; thus, significant knowledge gaps exist related to their most basic health behaviors and indicators. Considering this, we examined American Muslim women’s c...

    Authors: Henna Budhwani, Jami Anderson and Kristine R. Hearld

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15:1

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  5. Content type: Research

    Disrespect and abuse (D&A) of women during childbirth by the attending staff in health facilities has been widely reported in many countries. Although D&A in labor rooms is recognized as a deterrent to materna...

    Authors: Anteneh Asefa, Delayehu Bekele, Alison Morgan and Michelle Kermode

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2018 15:4

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  6. Content type: Research

    Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for approximately 66% of global maternal deaths. Poor person-centered maternity care, which emphasizes the quality of patient experience, contributes both directly and indirectly to...

    Authors: Patience A. Afulani, Leah Kirumbi and Audrey Lyndon

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2017 14:180

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  7. Content type: Research

    In Ghana, adolescents represent 22% of the total population. The rates of adolescent pregnancies are high. Of all births registered in the country in 2014, 30% were by adolescents, and 14% of adolescents aged ...

    Authors: Anne-Sophie Yussif, Anyetei Lassey, Gabriel Yao-kumah Ganyaglo, Eva J. Kantelhardt and Heike Kielstein

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2017 14:178

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  8. Content type: Research

    Young people are a group of population with sexual risk-taking behaviors. Despite efforts to inform them it is common for them to adopt risk conducts during their stay at University. The aim of this research w...

    Authors: Fátima Leon-Larios and Juana Macías-Seda

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2017 14:179

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  9. Content type: Correction

    The original version of this article [1] unfortunately contained a mistake. All occurrences in the main text referring to the research carried out in the following countries: Brazil, Honduras and Columbia shou...

    Authors: Moazzam Ali, Kelsey Miller, Rachel Folz, Brooke Ronald Johnson Jr and James Kiarie

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2017 14:177

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    The original article was published in Reproductive Health 2017 14:19

  10. Content type: Research

    Early first-trimester medical abortion (MA) service (≤ 63 days) has been provided by doctors and nurses under doctors’ supervision since 2009 in Nepal. This paper assesses whether MA services provided by speci...

    Authors: Anand Tamang, Iqbal H. Shah, Pragya Shrestha, I. K. Warriner, Duolao Wang, Kusum Thapa, N. T. My Huong and Olav Meirik

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2017 14:176

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  11. Content type: Research

    For 30 years, women have sought equal opportunity to be included in trials so that drugs are equitably studied in women as well as men; regulatory guidelines have changed accordingly. Pregnant women, however, ...

    Authors: Melba F. Gomes, Vânia de la Fuente-Núñez, Abha Saxena and Annette C. Kuesel

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2017 14(Suppl 3):172

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 14 Supplement 3

  12. Content type: Research

    During the 2014–2016 Ebola epidemic, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) treated Ebola-positive pregnant women in its Ebola Treatment Centers (ETCs). For pregnant women with confirmed Ebola virus disease, inclusion...

    Authors: Séverine Caluwaerts

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2017 14(Suppl 3):157

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 14 Supplement 3

  13. Content type: Research

    A study on gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) among 200 married women in Malappruam, Kerala, India, chose to exclude married women below the age of 18 from participation. Marriages before age 18 are not consi...

    Authors: Mala Ramanathan and K. Sakeena

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2017 14(Suppl 3):169

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 14 Supplement 3

  14. Content type: Research

    Though many women in need of access to HIV preventive regimes are pregnant, there is a dearth of data to guide these care decisions. While oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) has been shown to prevent HIV inf...

    Authors: Kristen A. Sullivan and Anne D. Lyerly

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2017 14(Suppl 3):171

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 14 Supplement 3

  15. Content type: Research

    Pregnant women experience unique physiological changes pertinent to the effective prevention and treatment of common diseases that affect their health and the health of their developing fetuses. In this paper,...

    Authors: Barbara J. Sina

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2017 14(Suppl 3):170

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 14 Supplement 3

  16. Content type: Research

    This paper explores the ethical implications of a randomized double-blind clinical trial aimed to determine effectiveness and safety of an oxytocin receptor antagonist versus a betamimetic in the treatment of ...

    Authors: Sofía P. Salas

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2017 14(Suppl 3):168

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 14 Supplement 3

  17. Content type: Research

    Laos has the highest maternal mortality ratio in mainland Southeast Asia but there has been little research conducted with pregnant women. We aim to discuss ethical challenges in enrolling pregnant women in re...

    Authors: Vilada Chansamouth, Rose McGready, Danoy Chommanam, Soukanya Homsombath, Mayfong Mayxay and Paul N. Newton

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2017 14(Suppl 3):167

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 14 Supplement 3

  18. Content type: Research

    Kerala, the southernmost Indian state, is known as the diabetes capital of the country. A community-based lifestyle modification program was implemented in the rural areas of Kerala, India, to assess effective...

    Authors: Elezebeth Mathews

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2017 14(Suppl 3):165

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 14 Supplement 3

  19. Content type: Commentary

    Research during pregnancy is affected by multiple ethical challenges which have not received sufficient international attention and consideration from the bioethics, clinical, and policymaking communities work...

    Authors: Adrienne Hunt, Natalie Banner and Katherine Littler

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2017 14(Suppl 3):158

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 14 Supplement 3

  20. Content type: Research

    The exclusion of pregnant women from health research remains a significant challenge globally. In settings where cultural traditions and gender norms support a more restricted decision-making role for women in...

    Authors: Kenneth Ngure, Susan Brown Trinidad, Kristin Beima-Sofie, Jared M. Baeten, Nelly R. Mugo, Elizabeth A. Bukusi, Renee Heffron, Grace John-Stewart and Maureen C. Kelley

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2017 14(Suppl 3):160

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 14 Supplement 3

  21. Content type: Research

    Informed consent is the heart of ethical research. For any consent to be ethically valid, it should meet certain critical criteria— disclosure and understanding of relevant information, decision making compete...

    Authors: Hema Dhumale and Shivaprasad Goudar

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2017 14(Suppl 3):166

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 14 Supplement 3

  22. Content type: Research

    Scarce research with pregnant women has led to a dearth of evidence to guide medical decisions about safe and effective treatment and preventive interventions for pregnant women and their potential offspring. ...

    Authors: Carla Saenz, Phaik Yeong Cheah, Rieke van der Graaf, Leslie Meltzer Henry and Anna C. Mastroianni

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2017 14(Suppl 3):173

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 14 Supplement 3

  23. Content type: Introduction

    Despite a global need for the use of medication during pregnancy, the medical research community lacks robust evidence for safety and efficacy of treatments and preventives often taken by pregnant women. Given...

    Authors: Margaret Olivia Little and Marisha N. Wickremsinhe

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2017 14(Suppl 3):156

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 14 Supplement 3

  24. Content type: Review

    It is critical to increase the uptake of interventions proven to be effective to improve maternal and perinatal outcomes. Supply kits have been suggested to be a feasible strategy designed to ensure timely ava...

    Authors: Alicia Aleman, Giselle Tomasso, María Luisa Cafferata, Mercedes Colomar and Ana Pilar Betran

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2017 14:175

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  25. Content type: Research

    In low-middle income countries and other areas of poverty, menstrual hygiene management (MHM) can be problematic for women and girls. Issues include lack of knowledge about menstruation and MHM, and stigma aro...

    Authors: Linda Mason, Muthusamy Sivakami, Harshad Thakur, Narendra Kakade, Ashley Beauman, Kelly T. Alexander, Anna Maria van Eijke, Kayla F. Laserson, Mamita B. Thakkar and Penelope A. Phillips-Howard

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2017 14:174

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  26. Content type: Research

    The ethical discussion about abortion has been polarized in Finland and the Republic of Ireland, two European countries with very different abortion legislation (liberal vs. highly restrictive). The aim of the...

    Authors: Anne-Mari Mustonen, Tommi Paakkonen, Esko Ryökäs and Petteri Nieminen

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2017 14:163

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  27. Content type: Research

    Female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) has been implicated in sexual complications among women, although there is paucity of research evidence on sexual experiences among married women who have undergone th...

    Authors: Tammary Esho, Samuel Kimani, Isaac Nyamongo, Violet Kimani, Samuel Muniu, Christine Kigondu, Patrick Ndavi and Jaldesa Guyo

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2017 14:164

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  28. Content type: Research

    World Health Organization defines female genital mutilation/cutting as all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for no...

    Authors: Yohannes Mehretie Adinew and Beza Tamirat Mekete

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2017 14:162

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  29. Content type: Research

    Approximately 2.7 million neonatal deaths occur annually, with highest rates of neonatal mortality in countries that have recently experienced conflict. Constant instability in South Sudan further strains a we...

    Authors: Samira Sami, Kate Kerber, Solomon Kenyi, Ribka Amsalu, Barbara Tomczyk, Debra Jackson, Alexander Dimiti, Elaine Scudder, Janet Meyers, Jean Paul De Charles Umurungi, Kemish Kenneth and Luke C. Mullany

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2017 14:161

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  30. Content type: Research

    Obstetric fistula (OF) is a maternal morbidity associated with high rates of stillbirth, amenorrhea, and sexual dysfunction. Limited data exists on the reproductive outcomes of women in the years following a f...

    Authors: Dawn M. Kopp, Jeffrey Wilkinson, Angela Bengtson, Ennet Chipungu, Rachel J. Pope, Margaret Moyo and Jennifer H. Tang

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2017 14:159

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  31. Content type: Research

    Health worker performance has been the focus of numerous interventions and evaluation studies in low- and middle-income countries. Few have examined changes in individual provider performance with an intervent...

    Authors: Janie Benson, Joan Healy, Sally Dijkerman and Kathryn Andersen

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2017 14:154

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  32. Content type: Research

    We conducted a process evaluation to assess how the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Strategic Approach to strengthening sexual and reproductive health policies and programs (“the SA”) was used in 15 countries t...

    Authors: Shusmita Rashid, Julia E. Moore, Caitlyn Timmings, Joshua P. Vogel, Bela Ganatra, Dina N. Khan, Radha Sayal, A. Metin Gülmezoglu and Sharon E. Straus

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2017 14:153

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  33. Content type: Study protocol

    Violence against women is a well understood devastating global pandemic, and human right violation. One in three women experienced intimate partner violence worldwide. In Ethiopia, the level of domestic violen...

    Authors: Agumasie Semahegn, Kwasi Torpey, Abubakar Manu, Nega Assefa and Augustine Ankomah

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2017 14:155

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  34. Content type: Research

    Health professionals are striving to improve respectful care for women, but they fall short in the domains of effective communication, respectful and dignified care and emotional support during labour. This st...

    Authors: Sarie J. Oosthuizen, Anne-Marie Bergh, Robert C. Pattinson and Jackie Grimbeek

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2017 14:151

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  35. Content type: Research

    Instruments to assess quality of maternity care in Central and Eastern European (CEE) region are scarce, despite reports of poor doctor-patient communication, non-evidence-based care, and informal cash payment...

    Authors: Nicholas Rubashkin, Imre Szebik, Petra Baji, Zsuzsa Szántó, Éva Susánszky and Saraswathi Vedam

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2017 14:152

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  36. Content type: Research

    The study aims to assess the discordance between self-reported and observed measures of mistreatment of women during childbirth in public health facilities in Uttar Pradesh, India, as well as correlates of the...

    Authors: Arnab Dey, Holly Baker Shakya, Dharmendra Chandurkar, Sanjiv Kumar, Arup Kumar Das, John Anthony, Mrunal Shetye, Suneeta Krishnan, Jay G. Silverman and Anita Raj

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2017 14:149

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  37. Content type: Review

    Antenatal care uptake is among the key indicators for monitoring the progress of maternal outcomes. Early initiation of antenatal care facilitates the timely management and treatment of pregnancy complications...

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

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2017 14:150

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  38. Content type: Commentary

    Disrespectful and abusive maternity care is a common and pervasive problem that disproportionately impacts marginalized women. By making mothers less likely to agree to facility-based delivery, it contributes ...

    Authors: Kirsten Austad, Anita Chary, Boris Martinez, Michel Juarez, Yolanda Juarez Martin, Enma Coyote Ixen and Peter Rohloff

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2017 14:148

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  39. Content type: Research

    Obstetric fistula is one of the most devastating consequences of unmet needs in obstetric services. Systematic reviews suggest that the pooled incidence of fistulae in community-based studies is 0.09 per 1000 ...

    Authors: Sibone Mocumbi, Claudia Hanson, Ulf Högberg, Helena Boene, Peter von Dadelszen, Anna Bergström, Khátia Munguambe and Esperança Sevene

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2017 14:147

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  40. Content type: Research

    The aim of this study was to determine whether PRENACEL (a bi-directional, mobile-phone based, short text message service (SMS)) increases the coverage of recommended antenatal care (ANC) practices.

    Authors: Lívia Oliveira-Ciabati, Carolina Sales Vieira, Ana Carolina Arruda Franzon, Domingos Alves, Fabiani Spessoto Zaratini, Giordana Campos Braga, Jazmin Andrea Cifuentes Sanchez, Lívia Pimenta Bonifácio, Magna Santos Andrade, Mariana Fernandes, Silvana Maria Quintana, Suzi Volpato Fabio, Vicky Nogueira Pileggi, Elisabeth Meloni Vieira and João Paulo Souza

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2017 14:146

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  41. Content type: Correction

    After publication of the original article [1], it came to the authors’ attention that the Acknowledgements section was not completed correctly. The Acknowledgements of the article should have been as follows.

    Authors: Rita Kabra, Moazzam Ali and James Kiarie

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2017 14:145

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    The original article was published in Reproductive Health 2017 14:74

  42. Content type: Research

    The global increase in Cesarean section rate is associated with short- and long-term complications, including adhesions with potential serious maternal and fetal consequences. This study investigated the preva...

    Authors: Mercy A. Nuamah, Joyce L. Browne, Alexander V. Öry, Nelson Damale, Kerstin Klipstein-Grobusch and Marcus J. Rijken

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2017 14:143

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  43. Content type: Research

    Depression, a type of mental disorder which is portrayed by marked alterations in mood, is associated with distress and/or impaired functioning. Poor social support is an important risk factor for depression i...

    Authors: Abdul Rashid and Rokiah Mohd

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2017 14:144

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  44. Content type: Research

    Bangladesh has made significant progress in reducing maternal mortality. Many factors have contributed to this; one is the socio-economic development of the country. The ready-made garment industry is at the f...

    Authors: Sadika Akhter, Shannon Rutherford and Cordia Chu

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2017 14:142

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  45. Content type: Research

    The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends induction of labour (IOL) for women who have reached 41 completed weeks of pregnancy without spontaneous onset of labour. Many women with prolonged pregnancy and/...

    Authors: Kyaw Swa Mya, Malinee Laopaiboon, Joshua P. Vogel, Jose Guilherme Cecatti, João Paulo Souza, Ahmet Metin Gulmezoglu, Eduardo Ortiz-Panozo, Suneeta Mittal and Pisake Lumbiganon

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2017 14:141

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  46. Content type: Review

    Around 303,000 maternal deaths occur every year; most of these are preventable (World Health Organization), ICD-10: International classification of diseases and related health problems, 10th revision. Volume 2...

    Authors: Amir Ali Barket Ali Samnani, Narjis Rizvi, Tazeen Saeed Ali and Farina Abrejo

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2017 14:139

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  47. Content type: Study protocol

    The use of contraception is one of the most cost-effective public health interventions and has the potential to prevent about 30% of maternal and 10% of child deaths in developing countries. Voucher-based init...

    Authors: Afra Nuwasiima, Elly Nuwamanya, Patricia Navvuga, Janet U. Babigumira, Francis T. Asiimwe, Solomon J. Lubinga and Joseph B. Babigumira

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2017 14:140

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