Special Issue "Addressing Reproductive and Maternal Health Disparities: Identification, Measurement, and Solutions"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Women's Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 February 2024 | Viewed by 4860
Interests: women’s health; high quality maternity care; reproductive health disparities; mental health conditions and reproductive health outcomes; practice-based research; birth and microbiome outcomes; the midwifery model of care
Global disparities in reproductive and maternal health outcomes are pervasive, whether between and within countries, or across communities. These disparities are stubbornly persistent and follow lines of race and ethnicity, socioeconomic level, immigration and language status, health conditions, and geography. The dire outcomes of sub-populations, such as racialized and other marginalized individuals in high-income countries, are often obscured by reporting that does not disaggregate marginalized groups from the majority population or otherwise face their situation being overly simplified because of a lack of validated instruments to measure structural racism. Entrenched differences, such as those between maternal outcomes in the global North and South, can be overlooked due to complacency about the status quo. Health conditions that are exacerbated by pregnancy but manifest in the late postpartum period, such as mental health conditions leading to suicide, homicide and overdose, may remain unseen and uncounted because they occur beyond standard reporting periods.
In this Special Issue, we seek to focus on populations who suffer a disproportionate burden of reproductive and maternal morbidity and mortality, but who often remain unseen. We intend to represent the entire reproductive span, as well as broad and long-term maternal health outcomes such as mental health, birth trauma, and health care utilization. We hope to dialog across communities, countries, and regional boundaries to describe new approaches to identifying and measuring the needs of these populations. We especially endeavor to bring forward ‘lessons learned’ from novel interventions. We invite the submission of your current research, review articles, or commentary.
Dr. Joan Combellick
Dr. Bridget Basile Ibrahim
Manuscript Submission Information
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- health equity
- maternal mortality
- maternal morbidity
- infant mortality
- maternal mental health
- respectful maternity care
- reproductive health
- reproductive health justice