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Call for papers: Respectful care during childbirth at health facilities

Series Editors: Dr. José M. Belizán, Prof. Suellen Miller

Reproductive Health invite you to submit to our new special series: Respectful care during childbirth at health facilities.

The scope of this on-going series includes both preventing and eliminating the mistreatment of women during childbirth and the promotion of respectful maternity care. A lack of respectful care during childbirth is now recognized as both an indicator of poor quality of care as well as an obstacle to obtaining maternal/newborn health. In this series we aim to publish high-quality results from primary qualitative and quantitative research, as well as commentaries from both the research community and from less heard voices in maternal health, such as human rights activists, advocacy groups, and grassroots organizations.

Manuscripts should be formatted according to the Reproductive Health submission guidelines and submitted via the online submission system. All articles will undergo the journals full standard peer-review process and will be published upon acceptance. In the submission system please select the correct series title and also indicated in the covering letter that the manuscript is to be considered for this special series. More information about the series and the journal, including full aims & scope and Editorial Board, can be found on the journal website: http://reproductive-health-journal.biomedcentral.com. For submission enquiries please contact the Editors at reproductivehealthjournal@biomedcentral.com.

  1. Review

    Methods used in prevalence studies of disrespect and abuse during facility based childbirth: lessons learned

    Several recent studies have attempted to measure the prevalence of disrespect and abuse (D&A) of women during childbirth in health facilities. Variations in reported prevalence may be associated with differenc...

    David Sando, Timothy Abuya, Anteneh Asefa, Kathleen P. Banks, Lynn P. Freedman, Stephanie Kujawski, Amanda Markovitz, Charity Ndwiga, Kate Ramsey, Hannah Ratcliffe, Emmanuel O. Ugwu, Charlotte E. Warren and R. Rima Jolivet

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:127

    Published on: 11 October 2017

  2. Research

    Development of a tool to measure person-centered maternity care in developing settings: validation in a rural and urban Kenyan population

    Person-centered reproductive health care is recognized as critical to improving reproductive health outcomes. Yet, little research exists on how to operationalize it. We extend the literature in this area by d...

    Patience A. Afulani, Nadia Diamond-Smith, Ginger Golub and May Sudhinaraset

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:118

    Published on: 22 September 2017

  3. Research

    Respectful maternity care in Ethiopian public health facilities

    Disrespect and abuse of women during institutional childbirth services is one of the deterrents to utilization of maternity care services in Ethiopia and other low- and middle-income countries. This paper desc...

    Ephrem D. Sheferaw, Eva Bazant, Hannah Gibson, Hone B. Fenta, Firew Ayalew, Tsigereda B. Belay, Maria M. Worku, Aelaf E. Kebebu, Sintayehu A. Woldie, Young-Mi Kim, T. van den Akker and Jelle Stekelenburg

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:60

    Published on: 16 May 2017

  4. Research

    Qualitative assessment of women’s satisfaction with maternal health care in referral hospitals in Nigeria

    Available evidence suggests that the low use of antenatal, delivery, and post-natal services by Nigerian women may be due to their perceptions of low quality of care in health facilities. This study investigat...

    Friday Okonofua, Rosemary Ogu, Kingsley Agholor, Ola Okike, Rukiyat Abdus-salam, Mohammed Gana, Abdullahi Randawa, Eghe Abe, Adetoye Durodola and Hadiza Galadanci

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:44

    Published on: 16 March 2017

  5. Research

    “Is the doctor God to punish me?!” An intersectional examination of disrespectful and abusive care during childbirth against single mothers in Tunisia

    Disrespectful and abusive treatment during childbirth is a violation of women’s right to dignified, respectful healthcare throughout pregnancy and childbirth. Although reports point out that marginalized group...

    Nada Amroussia, Alison Hernandez, Carmen Vives-Cases and Isabel Goicolea

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:32

    Published on: 4 March 2017

  6. Research

    Mistreatment of women during childbirth in Abuja, Nigeria: a qualitative study on perceptions and experiences of women and healthcare providers

    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....

    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

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:9

    Published on: 17 January 2017

  7. Research

    A qualitative study of women’s and health providers’ attitudes and acceptability of mistreatment during childbirth in health facilities in Guinea

    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...

    Mamadou Diouldé Balde, Abou Bangoura, Boubacar Alpha Diallo, Oumar Sall, Habibata Balde, Aïssatou Sona Niakate, Joshua P. Vogel and Meghan A. Bohren

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:4

    Published on: 13 January 2017

  8. Research

    Perceptions and experiences of the mistreatment of women during childbirth in health facilities in Guinea: a qualitative study with women and service providers

    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...

    Mamadou Diouldé Balde, Boubacar Alpha Diallo, Abou Bangoura, Oumar Sall, Anne Marie Soumah, Joshua P. Vogel and Meghan A. Bohren

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:3

    Published on: 11 January 2017

  9. Research

    Good practices according to WHO’s recommendation for normal labor and birth and women’s assessment of the care received: the “birth in Brazil” national research study, 2011/2012

    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...

    Marcia Leonardi Baldisserotto, Mariza Miranda Theme Filha and Silvana Granado Nogueira da Gama

    Reproductive Health 2016 13(Suppl 3):124

    Published on: 17 October 2016

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

  10. Research

    Mitigating disrespect and abuse during childbirth in Tanzania: an exploratory study of the effects of two facility-based interventions in a large public hospital

    There is emerging evidence that disrespect and abuse (D&A) during facility-based childbirth is prevalent in countries throughout the world and a barrier to achieving good maternal health outcomes. However, muc...

    Hannah L. Ratcliffe, David Sando, Goodluck Willey Lyatuu, Faida Emil, Mary Mwanyika-Sando, Guerino Chalamilla, Ana Langer and Kathleen P. McDonald

    Reproductive Health 2016 13:79

    Published on: 18 July 2016

  11. Commentary

    Applying a participatory approach to the promotion of a culture of respect during childbirth

    Disrespect and abuse (D&A) during facility-based childbirth is a topic of growing concern and attention globally. Several recent studies have sought to quantify the prevalence of D&A, however little evidence e...

    Hannah L. Ratcliffe, David Sando, Mary Mwanyika-Sando, Guerino Chalamilla, Ana Langer and Kathleen P. McDonald

    Reproductive Health 2016 13:80

    Published on: 18 July 2016

  12. Study protocol

    How women are treated during facility-based childbirth: development and validation of measurement tools in four countries – phase 1 formative research study protocol

    Every woman has the right to dignified, respectful care during childbirth. Recent evidence has demonstrated that globally many women experience mistreatment during labour and childbirth in health facilities, w...

    Joshua P. Vogel, Meghan A. Bohren, Özge Tunçalp, Olufemi T. Oladapo, Richard M. Adanu, Mamadou Diouldé Baldé, Thae Maung Maung, Bukola Fawole, Kwame Adu-Bonsaffoh, Phyllis Dako-Gyeke, Ernest Tei Maya, Mohamed Campell Camara, Alfa Boubacar Diallo, Safiatou Diallo, Khin Thet Wai, Theingi Myint…

    Reproductive Health 2015 12:60

    Published on: 22 July 2015

  13. Study protocol

    Formative research and development of innovative tools for “Better Outcomes in Labour Difficulty” (BOLD): study protocol

    Most complications during labour and childbirth could be averted with timely interventions by skilled healthcare providers. Yet, the quality and outcomes of childbirth care remains suboptimal in many health fa...

    Meghan A Bohren, Olufemi T Oladapo, Özge Tunçalp, Melanie Wendland, Joshua P Vogel, Mari Tikkanen, Bukola Fawole, Kidza Mugerwa, João Paulo Souza, Rajiv Bahl and A. Metin Gülmezoglu

    Reproductive Health 2015 12:50

    Published on: 26 May 2015

  14. Commentary

    WHO Better Outcomes in Labour Difficulty (BOLD) project: innovating to improve quality of care around the time of childbirth

    As most pregnancy-related deaths and morbidities are clustered around the time of childbirth, quality of care during this period is critical to the survival of pregnant women and their babies. Despite the wide...

    Olufemi T Oladapo, João Paulo Souza, Meghan A Bohren, Özge Tunçalp, Joshua P Vogel, Bukola Fawole, Kidza Mugerwa and A Metin Gülmezoglu

    Reproductive Health 2015 12:48

    Published on: 26 May 2015

  15. Commentary

    Respectful maternal and newborn care: building a common agenda

    In September, the World Health Organization released a statement on preventing and eliminating disrespect and abuse during facility-based childbirth. In addition to this important agenda, attention is also nee...

    Emma Sacks and Mary V. Kinney

    Reproductive Health 2015 12:46

    Published on: 20 May 2015

  1. Review

    Methods used in prevalence studies of disrespect and abuse during facility based childbirth: lessons learned

    Several recent studies have attempted to measure the prevalence of disrespect and abuse (D&A) of women during childbirth in health facilities. Variations in reported prevalence may be associated with differenc...

    David Sando, Timothy Abuya, Anteneh Asefa, Kathleen P. Banks, Lynn P. Freedman, Stephanie Kujawski, Amanda Markovitz, Charity Ndwiga, Kate Ramsey, Hannah Ratcliffe, Emmanuel O. Ugwu, Charlotte E. Warren and R. Rima Jolivet

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:127

    Published on: 11 October 2017

  2. Research

    Development of a tool to measure person-centered maternity care in developing settings: validation in a rural and urban Kenyan population

    Person-centered reproductive health care is recognized as critical to improving reproductive health outcomes. Yet, little research exists on how to operationalize it. We extend the literature in this area by d...

    Patience A. Afulani, Nadia Diamond-Smith, Ginger Golub and May Sudhinaraset

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:118

    Published on: 22 September 2017

  3. Research

    Respectful maternity care in Ethiopian public health facilities

    Disrespect and abuse of women during institutional childbirth services is one of the deterrents to utilization of maternity care services in Ethiopia and other low- and middle-income countries. This paper desc...

    Ephrem D. Sheferaw, Eva Bazant, Hannah Gibson, Hone B. Fenta, Firew Ayalew, Tsigereda B. Belay, Maria M. Worku, Aelaf E. Kebebu, Sintayehu A. Woldie, Young-Mi Kim, T. van den Akker and Jelle Stekelenburg

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:60

    Published on: 16 May 2017

  4. Research

    Qualitative assessment of women’s satisfaction with maternal health care in referral hospitals in Nigeria

    Available evidence suggests that the low use of antenatal, delivery, and post-natal services by Nigerian women may be due to their perceptions of low quality of care in health facilities. This study investigat...

    Friday Okonofua, Rosemary Ogu, Kingsley Agholor, Ola Okike, Rukiyat Abdus-salam, Mohammed Gana, Abdullahi Randawa, Eghe Abe, Adetoye Durodola and Hadiza Galadanci

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:44

    Published on: 16 March 2017

  5. Research

    “Is the doctor God to punish me?!” An intersectional examination of disrespectful and abusive care during childbirth against single mothers in Tunisia

    Disrespectful and abusive treatment during childbirth is a violation of women’s right to dignified, respectful healthcare throughout pregnancy and childbirth. Although reports point out that marginalized group...

    Nada Amroussia, Alison Hernandez, Carmen Vives-Cases and Isabel Goicolea

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:32

    Published on: 4 March 2017

  6. Research

    Mistreatment of women during childbirth in Abuja, Nigeria: a qualitative study on perceptions and experiences of women and healthcare providers

    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....

    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

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:9

    Published on: 17 January 2017

  7. Research

    A qualitative study of women’s and health providers’ attitudes and acceptability of mistreatment during childbirth in health facilities in Guinea

    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...

    Mamadou Diouldé Balde, Abou Bangoura, Boubacar Alpha Diallo, Oumar Sall, Habibata Balde, Aïssatou Sona Niakate, Joshua P. Vogel and Meghan A. Bohren

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:4

    Published on: 13 January 2017

  8. Research

    Perceptions and experiences of the mistreatment of women during childbirth in health facilities in Guinea: a qualitative study with women and service providers

    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...

    Mamadou Diouldé Balde, Boubacar Alpha Diallo, Abou Bangoura, Oumar Sall, Anne Marie Soumah, Joshua P. Vogel and Meghan A. Bohren

    Reproductive Health 2017 14:3

    Published on: 11 January 2017

  9. Research

    Good practices according to WHO’s recommendation for normal labor and birth and women’s assessment of the care received: the “birth in Brazil” national research study, 2011/2012

    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...

    Marcia Leonardi Baldisserotto, Mariza Miranda Theme Filha and Silvana Granado Nogueira da Gama

    Reproductive Health 2016 13(Suppl 3):124

    Published on: 17 October 2016

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

  10. Research

    Mitigating disrespect and abuse during childbirth in Tanzania: an exploratory study of the effects of two facility-based interventions in a large public hospital

    There is emerging evidence that disrespect and abuse (D&A) during facility-based childbirth is prevalent in countries throughout the world and a barrier to achieving good maternal health outcomes. However, muc...

    Hannah L. Ratcliffe, David Sando, Goodluck Willey Lyatuu, Faida Emil, Mary Mwanyika-Sando, Guerino Chalamilla, Ana Langer and Kathleen P. McDonald

    Reproductive Health 2016 13:79

    Published on: 18 July 2016

  11. Commentary

    Applying a participatory approach to the promotion of a culture of respect during childbirth

    Disrespect and abuse (D&A) during facility-based childbirth is a topic of growing concern and attention globally. Several recent studies have sought to quantify the prevalence of D&A, however little evidence e...

    Hannah L. Ratcliffe, David Sando, Mary Mwanyika-Sando, Guerino Chalamilla, Ana Langer and Kathleen P. McDonald

    Reproductive Health 2016 13:80

    Published on: 18 July 2016

  12. Study protocol

    How women are treated during facility-based childbirth: development and validation of measurement tools in four countries – phase 1 formative research study protocol

    Every woman has the right to dignified, respectful care during childbirth. Recent evidence has demonstrated that globally many women experience mistreatment during labour and childbirth in health facilities, w...

    Joshua P. Vogel, Meghan A. Bohren, Özge Tunçalp, Olufemi T. Oladapo, Richard M. Adanu, Mamadou Diouldé Baldé, Thae Maung Maung, Bukola Fawole, Kwame Adu-Bonsaffoh, Phyllis Dako-Gyeke, Ernest Tei Maya, Mohamed Campell Camara, Alfa Boubacar Diallo, Safiatou Diallo, Khin Thet Wai, Theingi Myint…

    Reproductive Health 2015 12:60

    Published on: 22 July 2015

  13. Study protocol

    Formative research and development of innovative tools for “Better Outcomes in Labour Difficulty” (BOLD): study protocol

    Most complications during labour and childbirth could be averted with timely interventions by skilled healthcare providers. Yet, the quality and outcomes of childbirth care remains suboptimal in many health fa...

    Meghan A Bohren, Olufemi T Oladapo, Özge Tunçalp, Melanie Wendland, Joshua P Vogel, Mari Tikkanen, Bukola Fawole, Kidza Mugerwa, João Paulo Souza, Rajiv Bahl and A. Metin Gülmezoglu

    Reproductive Health 2015 12:50

    Published on: 26 May 2015

  14. Commentary

    WHO Better Outcomes in Labour Difficulty (BOLD) project: innovating to improve quality of care around the time of childbirth

    As most pregnancy-related deaths and morbidities are clustered around the time of childbirth, quality of care during this period is critical to the survival of pregnant women and their babies. Despite the wide...

    Olufemi T Oladapo, João Paulo Souza, Meghan A Bohren, Özge Tunçalp, Joshua P Vogel, Bukola Fawole, Kidza Mugerwa and A Metin Gülmezoglu

    Reproductive Health 2015 12:48

    Published on: 26 May 2015

  15. Commentary

    Respectful maternal and newborn care: building a common agenda

    In September, the World Health Organization released a statement on preventing and eliminating disrespect and abuse during facility-based childbirth. In addition to this important agenda, attention is also nee...

    Emma Sacks and Mary V. Kinney

    Reproductive Health 2015 12:46

    Published on: 20 May 2015

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