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Special Issue "Addressing Maternal Morbidity and Mortality: Innovations in Antenatal and Postnatal Care"

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: 30 April 2024 | Viewed by 104

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Ruth E. Zielinski
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Guest Editor
Health Behavior and Biological Sciences Department, School of Nursing, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA
Interests: global maternal health; midwifery education; optimizing pregnancy and birth outcomes; family planning; women’s body image/sexual health

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Prior to the pandemic, there was progress in decreasing maternal mortality across the globe. However, the number of women dying from childbirth-related causes at 211 per 100,000 live births [1] is still three times higher than the goal set by the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of less than 70 maternal deaths per 100,000 by the year 2030. Unfortunately, populations that have the highest mortality have seen the least improvement [2]. In addition, the recent global pandemic has worsened and further increased the gap in maternal outcomes [3]. Nowhere is this truer than in the United States where the maternal mortality ratio has risen to an unacceptable rate of 34 per 100,000, far higher than other high-income countries [4]. In the United States, racial disparities in maternal mortality have increased such that black women die at a rate of 68.9 per 100,000 versus 26.1 for white women [4]. High-quality antenatal care that includes not only risk assessment but also education could decrease the risk of life-threatening complications. Because many of the deaths occur following birth, better care during the post-partum period is also essential for reducing maternal mortality and morbidity. To that end, this Special Issue includes innovations in antenatal and postnatal care that can be implemented in an effort to improve maternal outcomes globally.


  1. United Nations. Sustainable Development Goals. Available online: https://sdgs.un.org/goals (accessed on 30 March 2023).
  2. Graham, W.; Wood, S.; Byass, P.; Filippi, V.; Gon, G.; Virgo, S.; Chou, D.; Hounton, S.; Lozano, R.; Pattinson, R.; et al. Diversity and divergence: the dynamic burden of poor maternal health. 2016, 388, 2164–2175. Available online: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(16)31533-1/fulltext?rss%3Dyes= (accessed on 30 March 2023).
  3. Chmielewska, B.; Barratt, I.; Townsend, R.; Kalafat, E.; van der Meulen, J.; Gurol-Urganci, I.; O'Brien, P.; Morris, E.; Draycott, T.; Thangaratinam, S.; et al. Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on maternal and perinatal outcomes: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Lancet Glob. Health. 2021, 9, E759–E772. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/S2214-109X(21)00079-6.
  4. Government Accountability Office. MATERNAL HEALTH Outcomes Worsened and Disparities Persisted During the Pandemic, 2022. Available online: gao.gov/assets/gao-23-105871.pdf (accessed on 30 March 2023).

Dr. Ruth E. Zielinski
Guest Editor

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  • maternal health
  • maternal mortality
  • antenatal care
  • postnatal care
  • group antenatal care
  • prenatal care
  • postpartum care

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