New Content Added to the MHTF-PLOS Maternal Health Collection

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By: Jocalyn Clark, Senior Magazine Editor, PLOS Medicine

Image credit: Jack Zalium, Richard Basset

We’re delighted to announce the addition of new content to our Maternal Health Task Force-PLOS Collection on Maternal Health.

This Year 2 Collection, with the theme of “maternal health is women’s health,” emphasizes the importance of seeing maternal health in the context of a woman’s health over the course of her lifetime. This recognizes that while pregnancy is limited to women of reproductive age, maternal health is influenced by the health of women and girls before pregnancy, and it also influences women’s health broadly during and after the reproductive years. Inability to access quality health care and family planning resources, low educational attainment, low socioeconomic status, restrictive gender roles, poor nutrition, and a host of other social and biological factors combine to put girls and women at risk for not being able to attain and sustain the health status they deserve throughout their lives.

Today our partner, the Maternal Health Task Force, and I are happy to share with readers that we added the following new articles from PLOS Medicine and PLOS ONE into the Collection:

Socioeconomic Disparities in Maternity Care among Indian Adolescents, 1990–2006 by Chandan Kumar and colleagues

Targeted Interventions for Improved Equity in Maternal and Child Health in Low- and Middle-Income Settings: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis by Mats Målqvist and colleagues

The Effect of Intermittent Antenatal Iron Supplementation on Maternal and Infant Outcomes in Rural Viet Nam: A Cluster Randomised Trial by Sarah Hanieh and colleagues

Why Are Women Dying When They Reach Hospital on Time? A Systematic Review of the ‘Third Delay’ by Hannah E. Knight and colleagues

Effect of Facilitation of Local Maternal-and-Newborn Stakeholder Groups on Neonatal Mortality: Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial by Lars Åke Persson and colleagues

Minor Ailments in Pregnancy Are Not a Minor Concern for Pregnant Women: A Morbidity Assessment Survey in Rural Sri Lanka by Suneth Buddhika Agampodi and colleagues

This post is cross-posted from the PLOS Medicine Community Blog.

To learn more about the work of Hannah Knight and her colleagues on the third delay, read their guest blog post for the MHTF. 

The editorial and 18 original articles included in our first year’s collection on quality of maternal health care are available on the MHTF-PLOS Year 1 Collection page.