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BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth

Volume 17 Supplement 2

Special issue on women’s health, gender and empowerment


Publication of this supplement on women’s health and empowerment is led and sponsored by the University of California Global Health Institute, Women’s Health, Gender, and Empowerment Center of Expertise. The articles have undergone the journal's standard peer review process for supplements. The Supplement Editors declare that they have no competing interests.

Edited by Ndola Prata, Paula Tavrow, and Ushma Upadhyay​​​​​​​New Content Item

  1. Content type: Research

    Some transgender men retain their uterus, get pregnant, and give birth. However, societal attitudes about gender have erected barriers to openly being pregnant and giving birth as a transgender man. Little res...

    Authors: Alexis Hoffkling, Juno Obedin-Maliver and Jae Sevelius

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17(Suppl 2):332

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    Maternal mortality has declined significantly since 1990. While better access to emergency obstetrical care is partially responsible, women’s empowerment might also be a contributing factor. Gender equality co...

    Authors: Chiao-Wen Lan and Paula Tavrow

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17(Suppl 2):337

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  3. Content type: Research

    The links between empowerment and a number of health-related outcomes in sub-Saharan Africa have been documented, but empowerment related to pregnancy is under-investigated. Antenatal care (ANC) is the entry p...

    Authors: Crystal L. Patil, Carrie S. Klima, Sebalda C. Leshabari, Alana D. Steffen, Heather Pauls, Molly McGown and Kathleen F. Norr

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17(Suppl 2):336

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  4. Content type: Research

    The perinatal period, which we here define as pregnancy and the first year postpartum, is a time in women’s lives that involves significant physiological and psychosocial change and adjustment, including chang...

    Authors: Esmeralda R. Garcia and Ilona S. Yim

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17(Suppl 2):347

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  5. Content type: Case Report

    Improving maternal health, reducing global maternal mortality, and working toward universal access to reproductive health care are global priorities for United Nations agencies, national governments, and civil...

    Authors: Jennifer Templeton Dunn, Katherine Lesyna and Anna Zaret

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17(Suppl 2):367

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  6. Content type: Research

    Despite the reduction in maternal deaths globally, maternal mortality rates remain unacceptably high, particularly in some regions of the world. In sub-Saharan Africa, maternal mortality rates have even increa...

    Authors: Kyoko Shimamoto and Jessica D. Gipson

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17(Suppl 2):341

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  7. Content type: Research

    Evidence suggests that gender-integrated interventions, which actively seek to identify and integrate activities that address the role of gender norms and dynamics, improve family planning (FP) and maternal he...

    Authors: Mahua Mandal, Arundati Muralidharan and Sara Pappa

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17(Suppl 2):342

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  8. Content type: Research

    Recent evidence has found widespread reports of women experiencing abuse, neglect, discrimination, and poor interpersonal care during childbirth around the globe. Empowerment may be a protective mechanism for ...

    Authors: Nadia Diamond-Smith, Emily Treleaven, Nirmala Murthy and May Sudhinaraset

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17(Suppl 2):335

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  9. Content type: Research

    Globally, prematurity is the leading cause of death in children under the age of 5. Many efforts have focused on clinical approaches to improve the survival of premature babies. There is a need, however, to ex...

    Authors: Patience A. Afulani, Molly Altman, Joseph Musana and May Sudhinaraset

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17(Suppl 2):338

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