maternal health


Summary: The health of women during PREGNANCY; childbirth and the POSTPARTUM PERIOD.

Top Publications

  1. Bharj K, Luyben A, Avery M, Johnson P, O Connell R, Barger M, et al. An agenda for midwifery education: Advancing the state of the world?s midwifery. Midwifery. 2016;33:3-6 pubmed publisher
  2. Sumankuuro J, Crockett J, Wang S. Maternal health care initiatives: Causes of morbidities and mortalities in two rural districts of Upper West Region, Ghana. PLoS ONE. 2017;12:e0183644 pubmed publisher
  3. Vermund S, Garg R, Lo Y, Sheldon E, Mwinga K. Maternal and Neonatal and Child Health Priorities in Africa and Asia. Biomed Res Int. 2016;2016:9107970 pubmed
  4. Haskins L, Phakathi S, Grant M, Mntambo N, Wilford A, Horwood C. Fragmentation of maternal, child and HIV services: A missed opportunity to provide comprehensive care. Afr J Prim Health Care Fam Med. 2016;8:e1-e8 pubmed publisher
    ..Fragmentation of clinic services created barriers in accessing a comprehensive package of care resulting in missed opportunities to provide services. Greater integration of services alongside immunisation services is needed. ..
  5. Khan A, Morris S, Bhutta Z. Neonatal and Perinatal Infections. Pediatr Clin North Am. 2017;64:785-798 pubmed publisher
    ..The emergence of new infections and increasing antimicrobial resistance present public health challenges that must be addressed to achieve substantial reductions in neonatal mortality. ..
  6. Remy L, BYERS V, Clay T. Reproductive outcomes after non-occupational exposure to hexavalent chromium, Willits California, 1983-2014. Environ Health. 2017;16:18 pubmed publisher
    ..For the first time, the detrimental reproductive effects of non-occupational Cr(VI) exposure in human females and their infants is reported. ..
  7. Bredenkamp C, Buisman L. Twenty Years of Progress on Maternal and Child Health in the Philippines: An Equity Lens. Asia Pac J Public Health. 2017;29:367-376 pubmed publisher
    ..By the second measure, inequality has fallen only for maternal health interventions...
  8. Biderman P, Carmi U, Setton E, Fainblut M, Bachar O, Einav S. Maternal Salvage With Extracorporeal Life Support: Lessons Learned in a Single Center. Anesth Analg. 2017;125:1275-1280 pubmed publisher
    ..Deaths were attributable to oxygenator blockage (n = 1) and late sepsis (n = 3). The 2 unique clinical challenges were maintenance of high peripartum cardiac outputs and balancing anticoagulation with hemostasis. ..
  9. Li Y, Zhang Y, Fang S, Liu S, Liu X, Li M, et al. Analysis of inequality in maternal and child health outcomes and mortality from 2000 to 2013 in China. Int J Equity Health. 2017;16:66 pubmed publisher
    ..Placing an emphasis on health services may encourage the recovery of the premarital check and measures such as prenatal and postnatal examinations to improve equality. ..

More Information


  1. Kruk M, Mbaruku G. Public health successes and frail health systems in Tanzania. Lancet Glob Health. 2015;3:e348-9 pubmed publisher
  2. Santos Ferreira D, Williams D, Kangas A, Soininen P, Ala Korpela M, Smith G, et al. Association of pre-pregnancy body mass index with offspring metabolic profile: Analyses of 3 European prospective birth cohorts. PLoS Med. 2017;14:e1002376 pubmed publisher
    ..Our findings suggest that maternal BMI-offspring metabolome associations are likely to be largely due to shared genetic or familial lifestyle confounding rather than to intrauterine mechanisms. ..
  3. Eriksson L, Bergstrom A, Hoa D, Nga N, Eldh A. Sustainability of knowledge implementation in a low- and middle- income context: Experiences from a facilitation project in Vietnam targeting maternal and neonatal health. PLoS ONE. 2017;12:e0182626 pubmed publisher
    ..Most importantly, trials in this and similar contexts require deliberate management throughout and beyond the project lifetime, and engagement of key stakeholders, in order to promote and sustain knowledge implementation. ..
  4. Retnakaran R, Wen S, Tan H, Zhou S, Ye C, Shen M, et al. Maternal pre-gravid cardiometabolic health and infant birthweight: A prospective pre-conception cohort study. Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis. 2017;27:723-730 pubmed publisher
    ..93 per kg, 0.89-0.97). Maternal weight before and during pregnancy is the predominant cardiometabolic determinant of infant birthweight, rather than pre-gravid blood pressure, glucose or lipid profile. ..
  5. Powell A, DeVita J, Ogburu Ogbonnaya A, Peterson A, Lazenby G. The Effect of HIV-Centered Obstetric Care on Perinatal Outcomes Among a Cohort of Women Living With HIV. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2017;75:431-438 pubmed publisher
    ..0001). HCC can potentially reduce the risk of perinatal HIV transmission by improving maternal virologic control during pregnancy and postpartum and increasing postpartum contraceptive use. ..
  6. Sharma S, Adetoro O, Vidler M, Drebit S, Payne B, Akeju D, et al. A process evaluation plan for assessing a complex community-based maternal health intervention in Ogun State, Nigeria. BMC Health Serv Res. 2017;17:238 pubmed publisher
    Despite increased investment in community-level maternal health interventions, process evaluations of such interventions are uncommon, and can be instrumental in understanding mediating factors leading to outcomes...
  7. Shakya H, Stafford D, Hughes D, Keegan T, Negron R, Broome J, et al. Exploiting social influence to magnify population-level behaviour change in maternal and child health: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial of network targeting algorithms in rural Honduras. BMJ Open. 2017;7:e012996 pubmed publisher
    ..We will also develop a 'toolkit' for practitioners to use in network-based intervention efforts, including public release of our network mapping software. NCT02694679; Pre-results. ..
  8. Mohammed B, Johnston J, Harwell J, Yi H, Tsang K, Haidar J. Intimate partner violence and utilization of maternal health care services in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. BMC Health Serv Res. 2017;17:178 pubmed publisher
    ..And as many of sub-Saharan African countries, maternal health care services utilization remains poor...
  9. . Kazakhstan gears up to launch social health insurance. Bull World Health Organ. 2016;94:792-793 pubmed
    ..Twenty years ago Yelzhan Birtanov was a physician working in one of Kazakhstan's hospitals, today he is helping to roll out universal coverage of health services in the Central Asian country. He talks to Vijay Shankar Balakrishnan. ..
  10. Ayalew F, Eyassu G, Seyoum N, van Roosmalen J, Bazant E, Kim Y, et al. Using a quality improvement model to enhance providers' performance in maternal and newborn health care: a post-only intervention and comparison design. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2017;17:115 pubmed publisher
    ..The findings will also guide implementation of the government's five-year (2015-2020) health sector transformation plan and health care quality strategies needed to meet the country's MNH goals. ..
  11. Odle J, Jacobi S, Boyd R, Bauman D, Anthony R, Bazer F, et al. The Potential Impact of Animal Science Research on Global Maternal and Child Nutrition and Health: A Landscape Review. Adv Nutr. 2017;8:362-381 pubmed publisher
    ..Better appreciation of the close linkage between human health, medicine, and agriculture will identify opportunities that will enable faster and more efficient innovations in global maternal and child health. ..
  12. Ekirapa Kiracho E, Namazzi G, Tetui M, Mutebi A, Waiswa P, Oo H, et al. Unlocking community capabilities for improving maternal and newborn health: participatory action research to improve birth preparedness, health facility access, and newborn care in rural Uganda. BMC Health Serv Res. 2016;16:638 pubmed publisher
    ..Collaborative problem solving among diverse stakeholders, continuous support and a participatory approach that allowed flexibility were essential project characteristics that enabled overcoming of challenges faced. ..
  13. Lazariu V, Nguyen T, McNutt L, Jeffrey J, Kacica M. Severe maternal morbidity: A population-based study of an expanded measure and associated factors. PLoS ONE. 2017;12:e0182343 pubmed publisher
    ..arrest during the delivery hospitalization period can lead to extended length of hospital stays, life-long maternal health problems, and high medical costs...
  14. Paina L, Vadrevu L, Hanifi S, Akuze J, Rieder R, Chan K, et al. What is the role of community capabilities for maternal health? An exploration of community capabilities as determinants to institutional deliveries in Bangladesh, India, and Uganda. BMC Health Serv Res. 2016;16:621 pubmed publisher
    ..Furthermore, the role of community capabilities on access to maternal health services has been underexplored...
  15. Popo E, Kenyon S, Dann S, MacArthur C, Blissett J. Effects of lay support for pregnant women with social risk factors on infant development and maternal psychological health at 12 months postpartum. PLoS ONE. 2017;12:e0182544 pubmed publisher
    ..The effects of the intervention may be underestimated given that those women who completed follow up had better mental health than the original study sample. ISRCTN35027323. ..
  16. Kurtay A, Ozayar E, Gulec H, Yildiz G, Turkyilmaz E, Yildiz Z, et al. Effect of Uterine Fundal Pressure on Maternal Intraocular Pressure in Cesarean Delivery: Comparison of Regional and General Anesthesia. J Glaucoma. 2017;26:708-711 pubmed publisher
    ..Mean arterial pressure was significantly lower in group S at all timepoints except T1. In conclusion, fundal pressure may significantly increase the IOP, but the choice of anesthetic technique may not have any effect on IOP. ..
  17. Nguyen P, Sanghvi T, Kim S, Tran L, Afsana K, Mahmud Z, et al. Factors influencing maternal nutrition practices in a large scale maternal, newborn and child health program in Bangladesh. PLoS ONE. 2017;12:e0179873 pubmed publisher
  18. Shewamene Z, Dune T, Smith C. The use of traditional medicine in maternity care among African women in Africa and the diaspora: a systematic review. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2017;17:382 pubmed publisher
    ..Further research is required to examine the various types of traditional and cultural health practices (other than herbal medicine), the beliefs towards TM, and the health seeking behaviors of African women in Africa and the diaspora. ..
  19. Gibson M, Thomson H, Banas K, Lutje V, McKee M, Martin S, et al. Welfare-to-work interventions and their effects on the mental and physical health of lone parents and their children. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2017;8:CD009820 pubmed publisher
    ..Perhaps because of this, depression also remained very high for lone parents whether they were in WtW or not. There is a lack of robust evidence on the health effects of WtW for lone parents outside North America. ..
  20. Tully K, Stuebe A, Verbiest S. The fourth trimester: a critical transition period with unmet maternal health needs. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2017;217:37-41 pubmed publisher
    ..b>Maternal health issues in the fourth trimester intersect and can compound one another...
  21. Fetene D, Betts K, Alati R. MECHANISMS IN ENDOCRINOLOGY: Maternal thyroid dysfunction during pregnancy and behavioural and psychiatric disorders of children: a systematic review. Eur J Endocrinol. 2017;177:R261-R273 pubmed publisher
    ..This study aimed to review the available evidence concerning the relationship between maternal thyroid status during pregnancy and offspring behavioural and psychiatric disorders...
  22. Bose C, Bauserman M, Goldenberg R, Goudar S, McClure E, Pasha O, et al. The Global Network Maternal Newborn Health Registry: a multi-national, community-based registry of pregnancy outcomes. Reprod Health. 2015;12 Suppl 2:S1 pubmed publisher
    ..The MNHR, an international, multicenter, population-based registry, assesses pregnancy outcomes over time in support of efforts to develop improved perinatal healthcare in resource-limited areas. ..
  23. Haider M, Rahman M, Moinuddin M, Rahman A, Ahmed S, Khan M. Impact of maternal and neonatal health initiatives on inequity in maternal health care utilization in Bangladesh. PLoS ONE. 2017;12:e0181408 pubmed publisher
    ..The concentration indices (CI) for various maternal health service utilization in 2013 were found to be lower than the indices in 2008...