Maternal Health: Global Perspectives, Challenges and Issues


Juan Sims (Editor)

Series: Women’s Issues
BISAC: HEA024000

In this compilation, a framework for exploring coupled physical-social systems impacts on health are presented. Specifically, this system is used to articulate three climate change impact pathways for maternal health: vectorborne diseases, water, sanitation, and hygiene, and nutrition.

Following this, Maternal Health: Global Perspectives, Challenges and Issues move beyond discussing the implications of maternal obesity on maternal and child health and focus on why it is imperative to consolidate current evidence into practice and policy around prevention. The authors explore what is needed to translate findings from epidemiological, clinical trial, secondary research and evidence synthesis into evidence-based programs.

The concluding study analyzes data on disparities in maternal mortality by race, age and causes of death in the interest of identifying whether pregnancy-related deaths may be avoided in preventable conditions if treated earlier, thereby closing the racial disparities of maternal mortality rates in the United States.
(Imprint: Nova Medicine and Health)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health in a Changing Climate: A Socio-Ecological Framing
(Corinne J. Schuster-Wallace, PhD, M. Susan Watt, DSW, Victor Neufeld, MD, Jennifer Liu, PHD, Craig Janes, PhD, and Dominique Charron, DVM, PhD, Department of Geography and Planning, Global Institute for Water Security, University of Saskatchewan, Canada, and others)

Chapter 2. Maternal Obesity and Implications for Maternal and Child Health
(Helen Skouteris, Briony Hill, Heidi J Bergmeier, Siew Lim, Ruth Walker, Brian Jack, Cynthia Montanaro, Leanne Redman, Eric Steegers, Judith Stephenson, Hildrun Sundseth, Shakila Thangaratinam, Helena J. Teede, Cate Bailey, Jacqueline A, Boyle, Cheryce L. Harrison, Jo-Anna Baxter, Ana Luiza Vilela Borges and Laura Jorgensen, Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Kanooka Grove, Clayton, Victoria, Australia, and others)

Chapter 3. Racial Disparities in Maternal Mortality of the United States
(Komanduri S. Murty, PhD, and Josephine D. Davis, EdD, Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, Georgia, US)


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