-Improving women’s health before, during, and after pregnancy is the focus of a special issue of the peer-reviewed Journal of Women’s Health. The issue brings together a broad range of research topics and perspectives on addressing and preventing maternal morbidity and mortality. Click here to read the article now.
“The high rates of maternal morbidity and mortality in the United States are alarming and constitute a public health crisis as up to 60% of these deaths are preventable. As the primary government agency responsible for biomedical and public health research, the National Institutes of Health invests a large amount of its budget in maternal health. Together with other federal agencies, scientists from the research and academic institutes, we hope to shed more light on this public health problem and offer some directions for the future”, states Guest Editor Samia Noursi, PhD, Associate Director of Science Policy, Planning, and Analysis at the Office of Research on Women’s Health, National Institutes of Health.
The articles in this issue begin to frame a new research agenda by asking four critical questions:
- What makes vulnerable populations vulnerable,
- How do we prevent pregnancy complications and their long-term sequelae,
- How can we make maternity care safer for all women, and
- What can we do about the social, structural, and environmental determinants of maternal health?
“Each year more than 700 mothers die from pregnancy and childbirth in the U.S., and more than 50,000 mothers experience a life-threatening complication. Research can play an important role in understanding the causes of maternal morbidity and mortality and highlighting the large racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and geographic disparities. This special issue lays out a roadmap for a new research agenda,” says Journal of Women’s Health Editor-in-Chief Susan G. Kornstein, MD, Executive Director of the Virginia Commonwealth University Institute for Women’s Health, Richmond, VA.
Journal of Women’s Health, published monthly, is a core multidisciplinary journal dedicated to the diseases and conditions that hold greater risk for or are more prevalent among women, as well as diseases that present differently in women. Led by Editor-in-Chief Susan G. Kornstein, MD, Executive Director of the Virginia Commonwealth University Institute for Women’s Health, Richmond, VA, the Journal covers the latest advances and clinical applications of new diagnostic procedures and therapeutic protocols for the prevention and management of women’s healthcare issues. Complete tables of content and a sample issue may be viewed on the Journal of Women’s Health website. Journal of Women’s Health is the official journal of the Society for Women’s Health Research.
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