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Inequalities in maternal and perinatal outcomes

Guest Editors: 
Erika M. Edwards, PhD, MPH, University of Vermont, USA
Shuby Puthussery, MSW, MSc, PhD, University of Bedfordshire, UK

Submission Status: Open until 4 March 2025

Machine learning to build predictive models in maternal-fetal medicine

Guest Editors:
Tess Cersonsky, MD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, USA
Alyssa Hochberg, MD, MPH, McGill University, Canada

Submission Status: Open until 13 February 2025

Experiences of pregnancy, antenatal care, and birth for incarcerated women

Guest Editors:
Laura Abbott, RGN, RM, BA, BSc (Hons), MSc, DHRes, The University of Hertfordshire, UK
Elaine Jefford, PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons), BSc (Hons), RM, RN, University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia
Andrea K. Knittel, MD, PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

Submission Status: Open until 17 January 2025

Ending preventable stillbirths

Guest Editors:
Fabio Facchinetti, MD, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
Dana Muin, MD, MSc MSc, MRes, Medical University of Vienna, Austria

Submission Status: Open until 20 December 2025

Detecting and treating substance use disorder in pregnancy

Guest Editors:
Carmen Amezcua Prieto, PhD, Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, University of Granada, Spain
Xiaozhong Wen, MD, PhD, Department of Pediatrics, State University of New York at Buffalo, USA

Submission Status: Open until 21 November 2024

Effects of maternal infection and inflammation on maternal-fetal outcomes

Guest Editors:
Kazumichi Fujioka, MD, PhD, Department of Pediatrics, Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan
Hakan Gölbaşı, MD, Bakircay University Cigli Training and Research Hospital, Türkiye

Submission Status: Open until 31 October 2024

Digital tools for maternal health and wellness

Guest Editors:
Theoneste Nkurunziza, MPH, MSc, School of Medicine and Health, Technical University of Munich, Germany
Renato Souza, MSc, MD, PhD, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Campinas, Brazil

Submission Status: Open until 18 September 2024

Effects of climate change on obstetrics and perinatal medicine

Guest Editors:
Jewel Gausman, ScD, MHS, Guttmacher Institute, United States
Ambrogio P. Londero, PhD, MS, University of Genoa, Italy

Submission Status: Open until 12 July 2024

Weight stigma in pregnancy and postpartum

Guest Editors:
Sara Holton: School of Nursing and Midwifery, Deakin University, Victoria, Australia
Linda Sweet: School of Nursing and Midwifery, Deakin University, Victoria, Australia

Submission Status: Open until 3 September 2024

Female athletes in pregnancy and postpartum

Guest Editors:
Rita Santos Rocha
: Polytechnic University of Santarém, Santarém, Portugal
Anna Szumilewicz: Gdansk University of Physical Education and Sport, Gdansk Poland

Submission Status: Open until 31 August 2024

Safety and complications of cesarean birth in resource-limited settings

Guest Editors:
Aduragbemi Banke-Thomas
: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom
Thomas van den Akker: Leiden University Medical Center and Vrije Universiteit University, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Submission Status: Open until 30 June 2024


Screening and management of food insecurity in pregnancy

Guest Editors:
Kingsley Agho: Western Sydney University, Australia
Paige van der Pligt: Deakin University, Australia

Respectful maternity care

Guest Editors:
Raymond Akawire Aborigo
: Navrongo Health Research Centre, Ghana
Wubet Alebachew Bayih: Debre Tabor University, Ethiopia
Hilary Brown: University of Toronto, Canada
Shuby Puthussery: University of Bedfordshire, England

Quality improvement in maternal and reproductive health services

Guest Editors:
Erika M. Edwards
: University of Vermont, USA
Celia Karp: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA
Hannah Tappis: Jhpiego-an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University, USA

Disparities in access to sexual and reproductive health services

Guest Editors:
Khurshed Alam: Bangladesh Institute of Social Research, Bangladesh
Leonardo Chavane: Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique
Sutapa Neogi: International Institute of Health Management Research, India
Kath Peters: Western Sydney University, Australia



Maternal Mental Health
BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth

Guest Editors:  Dr. Maggie Redshaw, Dr. Karen Wynter
Submissions closed:  October 31, 2021


Thematic Series

Factors that affect implementation of health promotion interventions for maternal and newborn health in low- and middle-income countries
BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth

Guest Editors: Ms Anayda Portela, Dr Helen Smith
Collection published: 31 August 2017


Thematic series

Ending Preventable Stillbirths
BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
Edited by: Dr. J. Frederik Frøen, Dr Alexander Heazell
Collection published: 1 September 2015

Cross journal collection
The Role of Structural and Interpersonal Violence in the Lives of Women
Edited by: Prof Colleen Fisher, Dr. Stephanie Montesanti
Collection published: 11 November 2015

Cross journal collection
Economic aspects of breastfeeding
Edited by: A/Prof Lisa Amir, Dr Julie Smith
Collection published: 26 February 2015


Cross journal collection
Reviewer acknowledgements 2013
Collection published: 26 February 2014

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