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  1. Advocacy for male involvement in family planning has been championed over the years after the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). There are a few contraceptive methods for men, ...

    Authors: Ofeibea Asare, Easmon Otupiri, Joana Apenkwa and Rose Odotei-Adjei
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2017 14:21
  2. Striking tales of people judged, disrespected, or abused in reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (RMNCAH) services are commonly exchanged among friends and families throughout the worl...

    Authors: Kelsey Holt, Jacquelyn M. Caglia, Emily Peca, James M. Sherry and Ana Langer
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2017 14:20
  3. ZIKV(Zika Virus) during pregnancy can result in many adverse events such as fetal deaths or newborns with congenital abnormalities including microcephaly and other neural irregularities. Due to these harmful o...

    Authors: Moazzam Ali, Kelsey Miller, Rachel Folz, Brooke Ronald Johnson Jr and James Kiarie
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2017 14:19

    The Correction to this article has been published in Reproductive Health 2017 14:177

  4. The Zika virus epidemic in Latin America has elicited official recommendations for women to delay or avoid pregnancy in affected countries, which has increased demand for family planning services. It is likely...

    Authors: Moazzam Ali, Rachel Folz, Kelsey Miller, Brooke Ronald Johnson Jr and James Kiarie
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2017 14:18

    The Erratum to this article has been published in Reproductive Health 2017 14:97

  5. Preconception care is the provision of biomedical, behavioural and social health interventions to women and couples before the occurrence of conception to improve their health status. There is poor maternal an...

    Authors: Yitayal Ayalew, Amlaku Mulat, Mulugeta Dile and Amare Simegn
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2017 14:15
  6. Although the range of contraceptives includes methods for men, namely condoms, vasectomy and withdrawal that men use directly, and the Standard Days Method (SDM) that requires their participation, family plann...

    Authors: Karen Hardee, Melanie Croce-Galis and Jill Gay
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2017 14:14
  7. Female sex workers (FSWs) are extremely vulnerable to adverse sexual and reproductive health (SRH) outcomes. To mitigate these risks, they require access to services covering not only HIV prevention but also c...

    Authors: Yves Lafort, Ross Greener, Anuradha Roy, Letitia Greener, Wilkister Ombidi, Faustino Lessitala, Jolene Skordis-Worrall, Mags Beksinska, Peter Gichangi, Sushena Reza-Paul, Jenni A. Smit, Matthew Chersich and Wim Delva
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2017 14:13
  8. Health conditions for mothers, newborns, and children in South Sudan are among the worst worldwide. South Sudan has the highest rate of maternal mortality in the world and despite alarming statistics, few wome...

    Authors: Lynn Lawry, Covadonga Canteli, Tahina Rabenzanahary and Wartini Pramana
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2017 14:12
  9. mHealth as a technical area has seen increasing interest and promise from both developed and developing countries. While published research from higher income countries on mHealth solutions for adolescent sexu...

    Authors: Nicole B. Ippoliti and Kelly L’Engle
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2017 14:11
  10. Understanding what determines family size is crucial for programmes that aim to provide family planning services during and after conflicts. Recent research found that development agents in post conflict setti...

    Authors: Khalifa Elmusharaf, Elaine Byrne and Diarmuid O’Donovan
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2017 14:10
  11. Global efforts have increased facility-based childbirth, but substantial barriers remain in some settings. In Nigeria, women report that poor provider attitudes influence their use of maternal health services....

    Authors: Meghan A. Bohren, Joshua P. Vogel, Özge Tunçalp, Bukola Fawole, Musibau A. Titiloye, Akinpelu Olanrewaju Olutayo, Modupe Ogunlade, Agnes A. Oyeniran, Olubunmi R. Osunsan, Loveth Metiboba, Hadiza A. Idris, Francis E. Alu, Olufemi T. Oladapo, A. Metin Gülmezoglu and Michelle J. Hindin
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2017 14:9
  12. Stringent donor-screening criteria and legislation prohibiting payment for donor gametes have contributed to the radical decline of donor insemination (DI) using sperm provided by Canadian men. Thus, many indi...

    Authors: Daria O’Reilly, James M. Bowen, Kuhan Perampaladas, Riaz Qureshi, Feng Xie and Edward Hughes
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2017 14:8
  13. As many as one-third of all pregnancies in Bangladesh are unplanned, with nearly one-half of these pregnancies ending in either menstrual regulation (MR) or illegal clandestine abortion. Although MR is provide...

    Authors: Chelsea Jordan Messinger, Ilias Mahmud, Sushama Kanan, Yamin Tauseef Jahangir, Malabika Sarker and Sabina Faiz Rashid
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2017 14:7
  14. Regular utilization of maternal health care services reduces maternal morbidity and mortality. This study assessed the maternal health care seeking behavior and associated factors of reproductive age women in ...

    Authors: Dereje Kifle, Telake Azale, Yalemzewod Assefa Gelaw and Yayehirad Alemu Melsew
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2017 14:6
  15. Reducing maternal morbidity and mortality remains a key health challenge in Guinea. Anecdotal evidence suggests that women in Guinea are subjected to mistreatment during childbirth in health facilities, but li...

    Authors: Mamadou Diouldé Balde, Abou Bangoura, Boubacar Alpha Diallo, Oumar Sall, Habibata Balde, Aïssatou Sona Niakate, Joshua P. Vogel and Meghan A. Bohren
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2017 14:4
  16. Every woman is entitled to respectful care during childbirth; so it is concerning to hear of informal reports of mistreatment during childbirth in Guinea. This study sought to explore the perceptions and exper...

    Authors: Mamadou Diouldé Balde, Boubacar Alpha Diallo, Abou Bangoura, Oumar Sall, Anne Marie Soumah, Joshua P. Vogel and Meghan A. Bohren
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2017 14:3
  17. Recent trends in fertility rates indicate declines in total fertility rate (TFR) in some sub-Saharan African countries. However, countries such as Uganda continue to have a persistently high TFR partly attribu...

    Authors: Joseph K. B. Matovu, Fredrick Makumbi, Rhoda K. Wanyenze and David Serwadda
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2017 14:2
  18. Youth-friendly health-care services — those that are accessible, acceptable, equitable, appropriate and effective for different youth subpopulations – are beneficial for youth health, but not easy to implement...

    Authors: Suzanne Thomée, Desiré Malm, Monica Christianson, Anna-Karin Hurtig, Maria Wiklund, Anna-Karin Waenerlund and Isabel Goicolea
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13:147
  19. Postponing parenthood has steadily increased during the past decades in Western countries. This trend has affected the size of families in the direction of fewer children born per couple. In addition, higher m...

    Authors: Nina Olsén Sørensen, Signe Marcussen, Mette Grønbæk Backhausen, Mette Juhl, Lone Schmidt, Tanja Tydén and Hanne Kristine Hegaard
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13:146
  20. The increased incidence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in Brazil represents a significant public health issue. This issue has raised awareness among health authorities regarding the quality of condo...

    Authors: Janete Teixeira Duarte, Antonio Eugenio C. C. de Almeida and Shirley de Mello Pereira Abrantes
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13:145
  21. Governments, multinational organisations, and charities have commenced the distribution of sanitary products to address current deficits in girls’ menstrual management. The few effectiveness studies conducted ...

    Authors: Julie Hennegan, Catherine Dolan, Maryalice Wu, Linda Scott and Paul Montgomery
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13:143
  22. Recent media reports on human studies associating brominated flame retardants (BFRs) in household products in pregnancy with urogenital anomalies in boys and endocrine disruption in both sexes. We sought to ex...

    Authors: A. Lane, C. G. Goodyer, F. Rab, J. M. Ashley, S. Sharma, A. Hodgson and J. Nisker
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13:142
  23. Periodontal disease is one of the most common chronic infectious diseases. It has been reported that periodontal disease is associated with various adverse pregnancy outcomes including preterm birth, low birth...

    Authors: Hong Jiang, Yi Su, Xu Xiong, Emily Harville, Hongqiao Wu, Zhijun Jiang and Xu Qian
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13:141
  24. Globally, erectile dysfunction burden (ED) is rising appreciably and it is projected to affect about 332 million men by the year 2025. This rise is attributable to the rising incidence of conditions associated...

    Authors: Pedro Pallangyo, Paulina Nicholaus, Peter Kisenge, Henry Mayala, Noel Swai and Mohamed Janabi
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13:140
  25. In 1999, the UK Labour Government launched a 10-year Teenage Pregnancy Strategy for England to address the country’s historically high rates and reduce social exclusion. The goal was to halve the under-18 conc...

    Authors: Alison Hadley, Roger Ingham and Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13:139
  26. Men as the main decision makers in most of African families have an important role to play towards acceptance of family planning methods. This study sought to identify strategies used to engage men in family p...

    Authors: Judith Msovela and Anna Tengia–Kessy
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13:138
  27. Initiatives to promote adolescent friendly health services (AFHS) have been taking place in India and many low- and middle-income countries for nearly two decades. Evaluations of these initiatives have been pl...

    Authors: Andrea J. Hoopes, Paras Agarwal, Sheana Bull and Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13:137

    The Erratum to this article has been published in Reproductive Health 2017 14:43

  28. Beliefs surrounding pain during childbirth has biblical foundations that contribute to labour pain being viewed as a natural phenomenon. Contemporary health care promotes evidence-based labour pain management ...

    Authors: Lydia Aziato, Hannah Antwi Ohemeng and Cephas N. Omenyo
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13:136
  29. The prevention and treatment of obstetric fistula still remains a concern and a challenge in low income countries.

    Authors: Alexandre Delamou, Therese Delvaux, Abdoul Habib Beavogui, Abdoulaye Toure, Delphin Kolié, Sidikiba Sidibé, Mandian Camara, Kindy Diallo, Thierno Hamidou Barry, Moustapha Diallo, Alain Leveque, Wei-Hong Zhang and Vincent De Brouwere
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13:135
  30. Every year millions of women around the world suffer from pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum complications. Women who survive the most serious clinical conditions are regarded as to have experienced a severe...

    Authors: Bremen De Mucio, Edgardo Abalos, Cristina Cuesta, Guillermo Carroli, Suzanne Serruya, Daniel Giordano, Gerardo Martinez, Claudio G. Sosa and João Paulo Souza
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13:134
  31. The Birth in Brazil study is the largest national hospital-based survey in Brazil regarding birth practices. Conducted in 2011–2012, it collected information from 266 public and private healthcare facilities and ...

    Authors: Maria Regina Torloni, Ana Pilar Betrán and José M. Belizán
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13:133
  32. Cesarean section (CS) rates are increasing worldwide but there is some concern with this trend because of potential maternal and perinatal risks. The Robson classification is the standard method to monitor and...

    Authors: Marcos Nakamura-Pereira, Maria do Carmo Leal, Ana Paula Esteves-Pereira, Rosa Maria Soares Madeira Domingues, Jacqueline Alves Torres, Marcos Augusto Bastos Dias and Maria Elisabeth Moreira
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13(Suppl 3):128

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 13 Supplement 3

  33. The rate of preterm birth has been increasing worldwide, including in Brazil. This constitutes a significant public health challenge because of the higher levels of morbidity and mortality and long-term health...

    Authors: Maria do Carmo Leal, Ana Paula Esteves-Pereira, Marcos Nakamura-Pereira, Jacqueline Alves Torres, Mariza Theme-Filha, Rosa Maria Soares Madeira Domingues, Marcos Augusto Bastos Dias, Maria Elizabeth Moreira and Silvana Granado Gama
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13(Suppl 3):127

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 13 Supplement 3

  34. The World Health Organization recommends good practices for the conduct of uncomplicated labor and birth, with the aim of improving the quality of and assessment by women of childbirth care. The aim of this st...

    Authors: Marcia Leonardi Baldisserotto, Mariza Miranda Theme Filha and Silvana Granado Nogueira da Gama
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13(Suppl 3):124

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 13 Supplement 3

  35. The participation of nurses and midwives in vaginal birth care is limited in Brazil, and there are no national data regarding their involvement. The goal was to describe the participation of nurses and nurse-m...

    Authors: Silvana Granado Nogueira da Gama, Elaine Fernandes Viellas, Jacqueline Alves Torres, Maria Helena Bastos, Odaléa Maria Brüggemann, Mariza Miranda Theme Filha, Arthur Orlando Correa Schilithz and Maria do Carmo Leal
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13(Suppl 3):123

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 13 Supplement 3

  36. In Brazil, hospital childbirth care is available to all, but differences in access and quality of care result in inequalities of maternal health. The objective of this study is to assess the infrastructure and...

    Authors: Sonia Duarte de Azevedo Bittencourt, Rosa Maria Soares Madeira Domingues, Lenice Gnocchi da Costa Reis, Márcia Melo Ramos and Maria do Carmo Leal
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13(Suppl 3):120

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 13 Supplement 3

  37. Breastfeeding in the first hour after birth is important for the success of breastfeeding and in reducing neonatal mortality. Government policies are being developed in this direction, highlighting the accredi...

    Authors: Márcia Lazaro de Carvalho, Cristiano Siqueira Boccolini, Maria Inês Couto de Oliveira and Maria do Carmo Leal
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13(Suppl 3):119

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 13 Supplement 3

  38. Unintended pregnancy, a pregnancy that have been either unwanted or mistimed, is a serious public health issue in Brazil. It is reported for more than half of women who gave birth in the country, but the chara...

    Authors: Mariza Miranda Theme-Filha, Marcia Leonardi Baldisserotto, Ana Claudia Santos Amaral Fraga, Susan Ayers, Silvana Granado Nogueira da Gama and Maria do Carmo Leal
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13(Suppl 3):118

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 13 Supplement 3

  39. Approximately 5–10 % of newborns require some form of resuscitationupon delivery; several factors, such as maternal abnormal conditions, gestational age and type of delivery could be responsible for this trend...

    Authors: Maria Elisabeth Moreira, Ana Paula Esteves Pereira, Saint Clair Gomes Junior, Ruth Guinsburg, Maria Fernanda Branco de Almeida, Silvana Granado Gama and Maria do Carmo Leal
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13(Suppl 3):116

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 13 Supplement 3

  40. Maternal near-miss (MNM) audits are considered a useful approach to improving maternal healthcare. The aim of this study was to evaluate the factors associated with maternal near-miss cases in childbirth and t...

    Authors: Rosa Maria Soares Madeira Domingues, Marcos Augusto Bastos Dias, Arthur Orlando Corrêa Schilithz and Maria do Carmo Leal
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13(Suppl 3):115

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 13 Supplement 3

  41. The rate of cesarean delivery (CD) in Brazil has increased over the past 40 years. The CD rate in public services is three times above the World Health Organization recommended values. Among strategies to redu...

    Authors: Marcos Augusto Bastos Dias, Rosa Maria Soares Madeira Domingues, Arthur Orlando Corrêa Schilithz, Marcos Nakamura-Pereira and Maria do Carmo Leal
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13(Suppl 3):114

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 13 Supplement 3

  42. Pain is often cited as one of the worst features of medical abortion. Further, inadequate pain management may motivate some women to seek unnecessary clinical care. There is a need to identify effective method...

    Authors: Monica V. Dragoman, Daniel Grossman, Nathalie Kapp, Nguyen My Huong, Ndema Habib, Duong Lan Dung and Anand Tamang
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2016 13:132

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