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Health Care for Women International

Sorayya Kheirouri, Mohammad Alizadeh
Data from 807 mothers in Iran delivering a singleton live infant and their offspring during the last two years up to August 2014 were collected from eight public health care centers and analyzed. Of women, 46.2% gained weight within the recommended range, 29.4% had inadequate and 24.4% had excessive gestational weight gain (GWG). Excessive GWG was more common among overweight and obese women, whereas inadequate GWG were prevalent among 50% of under and normal weight women. After adjusting for appropriate confounding factors the significant correlation was found between maternal anthropometric characteristics, folic acid intake during pregnancy and birth order with GWG...
January 10, 2017: Health Care for Women International
Sibel Ayhan, Fatma Gözükara, Ibrahim Koruk
Seasonal farmworkers are one of the groups that should be examined in terms of family planning method because low socio-economic levels, limited accommodation and living conditions in agricultural areas can restrict workers' access to information and health services. The study was carried out to determine the effect of working environment in agriculture on female seasonal workers' choice of family planning method. This cross-sectional study was performed on 300 women. It was found that the working and living conditions in the agricultural sector forced women to change their family planning method...
January 4, 2017: Health Care for Women International
Michal Mahat-Shamir, Chaya Possick
In this qualitative study, we examine the experience of 13 Jewish Israeli women carriers of BRCA mutations following risk-reducing surgery. Thematic analysis of in-depth, semi-structured interview texts yielded three themes: (a) dialectic of vulnerability and control, (b) presentation of self as a "normal" woman, and (c) genetic chain of negative life events and guilt. Aspects of Israeli culture impacting participants' experiences are: personal and collective responsibility, the shift toward consumerism, and pro-natal ideology...
December 7, 2016: Health Care for Women International
Meaghan McGrath, Joan C Chrisler
Despite many medical advances, pregnant women with type-1 diabetes are still considered to be at high risk. Previous research suggests that physicians' focus on strict glycemic control and negative outcomes can result in fear and uncertainty about undertaking pregnancy. The present study was designed to gain insight into the lived pregnancy experiences of women with type-1 diabetes and to solicit their thoughts on what health care providers could do to assist them to have a healthy pregnancy. Ten U.S. women with type-1 diabetes who were currently pregnant and/or had previously given birth participated in structured interviews...
December 5, 2016: Health Care for Women International
Sara Dixon, Jaya A R Dantas
Postnatal depression (PND) is a common disorder that can be profoundly disabling for affected mothers and their infants. We reviewed published articles on the community-based management of PND in developing countries. Our aim was to propose recommendations to help women with PND. Various databases were searched for English articles from 2000 to 2014. Twelve articles met the selection criteria. We found that interventions involving cognitive behavioral therapy, infant stimulation, and problem solving can improve outcomes for PND...
December 5, 2016: Health Care for Women International
Farah Ahmad, Syeda F Kabir, Nabila Purno, Samia Islam, Ophira Ginsburg
In many low- and middle-income countries breast cancer survival is low. Reasons for this are multifactorial, but delayed presentation for care is a common theme. In this survey study with 100 urban Bangladeshi women, we examined the role of socioeconomic and sociocultural factors on their likelihood to seek breast care from a family physician. In our multivariate model, a woman's age and education significantly predicted her likelihood to see a physician. Sociocultural aspects (e.g. concerns about time commitment of family members and personal household obligations) were significant at bivariate level...
November 22, 2016: Health Care for Women International
Laura E Britton, Rebecca J Mercier, Mara Buchbinder, Amy G Bryant
Most studies on the impact of restrictive abortion laws have focused on patient-level outcomes. To better understand how such laws affect providers, we conducted a qualitative study of 27 abortion providers working under a restrictive law in North Carolina. Providers derived professional identity from their motivations, values, and experiences of pride related to abortion provision. The law affected their professional identities by perpetuating negative characterizations of their profession, requiring changes to patient care and communication, and creating conflicts between professional values and legal obligations...
November 8, 2016: Health Care for Women International
Judith A MacDonnell, Mahdieh Dastjerdi, Nazilla Khanlou, Nimo Bokore, Wangari Tharao
Although immigrant women bear a disproportionate burden of chronic disease and mental health issues, limited research addresses how to promote their mental wellbeing. The authors first describe grounded theory findings from community-based focus group research with 57 racialized immigrant women in Toronto, Canada that used a critical gender and intersectional lens to explore the links among settlement, wellbeing, and activism. Secondly, a community mobilization strategy is described whereby racialized immigrant women discuss activism as a feature of wellbeing in various language communities while creating meaningful health promotion resources...
October 31, 2016: Health Care for Women International
Yhenneko J Taylor, Sarah B Laditka, James N Laditka, Larissa R Brunner Huber, Elizabeth F Racine
Social and health care context may influence prenatal care use. We studied associations of government health expenditures, supply of health care professionals, and country literacy rates with prenatal care use in ten West African countries, controlling for individual factors. We used data from Demographic and Health Surveys (n = 58,512) and random effect logistic regression models to estimate the likelihood of having any prenatal care and adequate prenatal care. Each percentage increase in the literacy rate was associated with 4% higher odds of having adequate prenatal care (p = 0...
October 31, 2016: Health Care for Women International
Jonathan K Noel
Increased out-of-pocket (OOP) health care spending has been associated with increased maternal, infant, and child mortality, but the effect of public health care spending on mortality has not been studied. I identified a statistically significant interaction between public health care expenditure and OOP health care spending for maternal, infant, and child mortality. Generally, increases in public expenditure coincide with decreased rates of mortality, regardless of OOP spending levels. Specifically, higher levels of public expenditure with moderate levels of OOP spending may result in the lowest mortality rates...
October 31, 2016: Health Care for Women International
Yodi Christiani, Julie Byles, Meredith Tavener, Paul Dugdale
We examined women's access to health insurance in Indonesia. We analysed IFLS-4 data of 1,400 adult women residing in four major cities. Among this population, the health insurance coverage was 24%. Women who were older, involved in paid work, and with higher education had greater access to health insurance (p < .05). We also found there were disparities in the probability of having health insurance across community levels (Median Odds Ratios = 3.40). Given the importance of health insurance for women's health, strategies should be developed to expand health insurance coverage among women in Indonesia, including the disparities across community levels...
October 28, 2016: Health Care for Women International
Karen Aroian, Nizam Uddin, Hazar Blbas
Using a stress and social support framework, this study explored the trajectory of depression in 388 married Arab immigrant women. The women provided three panels of data approximately 18 months apart. Depression at Time 3 was regressed on Time 1 depression, socio-demographic variables, and rate of change over time in stress and social support. The regression model was significant and accounted for 41.16% of the variation in Time 3 depression scores. Time 1 depression, English reading ability, husband's employment status, and changes over time in immigration demands, daily hassles, and social support from friends were associated with Time 3 Depression...
October 28, 2016: Health Care for Women International
Eleanor Krassen Covan
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January 2017: Health Care for Women International
Stella K Muthuri, Maharouf Oyolola, Cheikh Faye
Single motherhood exposes women to poorer socioeconomic and health outcomes, which may also negatively impact child outcomes. The Demographic and Health Surveys of 1989, 1993, 1998, 2003, and 2009 were used to investigate trends over time and factors associated with single motherhood in Kenya. Urban residence, older age, and poorer economic status were associated with single motherhood over time. Women with more than one child, and those with children under 15 years living at home were less likely to be single mothers...
January 2017: Health Care for Women International
Adeniyi Francis Fagbamigbe, Erhabor Sunday Idemudia
Antenatal care (ANC) utilization is lower in Nigeria than the African average. We investigated the relationship between wealth and utilization of ANC and also assessed other determinants associated with ANC utilization in Nigeria. Using data of the most recent births within 5 years prior to a 2012 nationally representative survey, we modeled predictors of ANC utilization. Respondents in the wealthiest quintile were over five times (aOR = 5.5 (95% CI: 4.2-7.2) more likely to adequately use ANC. The odds of ANC use were generally lower among the poor and the least educated women living in rural areas who need ANC the most...
January 2017: Health Care for Women International
Sanjib Saha, Mahfuza Mubarak, Johan Jarl
We identify the socioeconomic determinants of three levels of antenatal care (ANC) visits (no, intermediate [1-3], and recommended [≥4]) in Bangladesh using a behavior model framework for health care utilization. Using multinomial logistic regression, we found that different levels of visits had different determinants; for example, media exposure increased the likelihood of intermediate compared with no visits while desire for pregnancy increased the likelihood of recommended compared with intermediate visits...
January 2017: Health Care for Women International
Bing Niu, Atsushi Yoshida
We examine whether the decision-making power of Japanese wives affects their health status. Looking at cross-sectional data from the Japanese Panel Survey of Consumers (JPSC) conducted with women, we create a new measure for decision-making power based on participation in family budgeting. The data sample covers 1,306 married women aged 25 to 45 years in 2004. We find that Japanese wives are more likely to report good health when they have more responsibility than their husbands for household budgeting. Additionally, having more education or being fully employed increased the probability of reporting "good health" by more than six percentage points...
January 2017: Health Care for Women International
Yassar Alamri
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December 2016: Health Care for Women International
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