Special Issue "2nd Edition: Advances in Maternal and Child Healthcare"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Hideya Kodama
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Guest Editor
Department of Maternity Child Nursing, Akita University Graduate School of Medicine and Faculty of Medicine, School of Health Science, 1-1-1 Hondo, Akita-shi 010-8543, Japan
Interests: lifelong developmental nursing
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The purpose of today’s maternal healthcare and perinatal medicine is not merely ending pregnancy and parturition safely. The goal of fostering a healthy next generation is becoming more important than ever. This is why, in recent years, there has been an increasing interest in maternal mental health, nursing by exclusive breastfeeding and natural parenting styles worldwide. In addition, the epidemiological observation that an adverse intrauterine environment affects the psychophysiological development of infants by the programming effects and may lead to the future development of lifestyle-related diseases reaffirms the importance of maternal healthcare for the next generation.

This Special Issue seeks papers on the health science of pregnant women and children, new clinical approaches for perinatal and parental care, and epidemiological surveys concerning the life of the mother and children. We also welcome high-quality systematic reviews related to these matters. I would be very happy if this Special Issue serves as a trigger for considering more effective methods of maternal and child healthcare in the future.

Prof. Dr. Hideya Kodama
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2300 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • maternal healthcare
  • perinatal care
  • maternal physiology
  • maternal mental health
  • childcare environment
  • breastfeeding
  • parenting style
  • programming effects
  • development of infant
  • epidemiological survey for mother and children

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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