Special Issue "Maternal Health and Pregnancy Complications"

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Madhulata Singh Chauhan
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Guest Editor
Department of OB/GYN, Baylor college of Medicine, Houston,Texas-77030, USA
Interests: pregnancy health; preeclampsia and feto-placenta growth
Dr. Yuanlin Dong
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Guest Editor
Department of OB/GYN, Baylor college of Medicine, Houston,Texas-77030, USA
Interests: pregnancy and gestational diabetes

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Despite many giant leaps forward, there is a continuous struggle with tragic and often preventable deaths related to poor maternal health. Poor maternal health and birth outcomes can be found worldwide, and improving the health of mothers and babies is an important public health priority. Cardiovascular disease constitutes  nearly 30% of pregnancy-related deaths . Preeclampsia, a hypertensive pregnancy diagnosed before 20 weeks’ gestation, may result in significant maternal, fetal, and neonatal morbidity and mortality.  Researchers and practitioners in the field are constantly searching for advances in the prevention, care, and diagnosis of pregnancy disorders. Developing strategies for reducing the risk factors which predispose the population to these complications, and for reducing the acute and long-term complications,  are crucial to decreasing the full impact of the condition.

A Special Issue of IJERPH is being organized to present a collection of innovative, high-quality research studies focused on pregnancy health and its impact on feto-placental growth. We cordially invite authors to submit qualitative and quantitative studies and reviews addressing original research and case studies that fill in the current knowledge gaps or conduct in-depth analysis of the present state of knowledge

Prof. Dr. Madhulata Singh Chauhan
Dr. Yuanlin Dong
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • pregnancy
  • high-risk pregnancy
  • tobacco and substance use
  • prenatal and post-natal care
  • pre-conception health
  • feto-placental growth
  • chronic and gestational hypertension
  • pre-existing and gestational diabetes
  • spontaneous abortion
  • preterm birth

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Fear of Childbirth and Preferences for Prevention Services among Urban Pregnant Women in a Developing Country: A Multicenter, Cross-Sectional Study
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(10), 5382; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18105382 - 18 May 2021
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This study aimed to examine fear of childbirth and willingness to pay for fear-prevention services in pregnant women. A multicenter, cross-sectional study was conducted on pregnant women in two obstetric hospitals in Vietnam. The Fear of Birth Scale was utilized to evaluate fear [...] Read more.
This study aimed to examine fear of childbirth and willingness to pay for fear-prevention services in pregnant women. A multicenter, cross-sectional study was conducted on pregnant women in two obstetric hospitals in Vietnam. The Fear of Birth Scale was utilized to evaluate fear of childbirth. Multivariable, generalized linear regression and logistic regression models were performed to identify associated factors with fear of childbirth, demand, and willingness to pay for prevention services. Of 900 pregnant women, fear of childbirth was moderately high with a mean score of 18.1 (SD = 2.3). Age of partner; ever having complications of pregnancy; attitudes toward different aspects of childbirth delivery; satisfactions with friends, parents, and siblings’ care; and information support were associated with fear of childbirth. Only 33.8% participants had a demand for the prevention service, and 43.7% were willing to pay for this service with an average amount of $US 10.0 per month (SD = 72.0). Our study suggested that individualized psychological counseling and information-seeking guidance should be provided appropriately and differently for multiparous and nulliparous women for reducing fear and improving the acceptability of the prevention services. Full article
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