- Cecily M Begley, Trinity College Dublin
- Matthias Borchert, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
- Miriam Labbok, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Robert W Powers, University of Pittsburgh
- Roger Smith, University of Newcastle
- Jos van Roosmalen, VU University Medical Center
- Peter O'Donovan, BioMed Central
Women who previously experienced abuse in healthcare find constructive ways to manage the experience during pregnancy and childbirth, suggesting that healthcare professionals have a unique opportunity to support the reproductive health of these women.
A significant proportion of women dispensed an antidepressant do not have depression recorded as a comorbidity on their hospital records, suggesting that hospital admission data do not adequately capture all cases of women with depression in pregnancy.
Risk factors for developing obstetric fistula in Kenya include delays in care seeking, distance from a health facility, prolonged labour and lack of education, suggesting that health system strengthening is needed to facilitate access to emergency obstetric care.
Healthcare workers in Africa and Asia report significantly reduced access to essential childbirth-related health technologies, including equipment, medicines, and consumable supplies, suggesting that childbirth resources are urgently needed to reduce maternal and newborn deaths in these areas.
Women with shorter stature have shorter pregnancy length and higher risk of pre-term births than taller women, while paternal height did not affect pregnancy length, suggesting that maternal height is a significant factor in pregnancy duration.
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