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Characteristics of Mothers by Source of Payment for the Delivery: United States, 2021

Access to health care coverage during pregnancy and delivery allows women to receive the care needed to maximize the likelihood of a healthy pregnancy and baby. This report describes the principal source of payment for the delivery in 2021 overall and by maternal race and Hispanic origin, age, and education.

Patterns of Prescription Medication Use During the First Trimester of Pregnancy in the United States, 1997-2018

The objective of this analysis was to describe patterns of prescription medication use during pregnancy, including secular trends, with consideration of indication, and distributions of use within demographic subgroups. 

Timing of Outpatient Postpartum Care Utilization Among Women with Chronic Hypertension and Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy

The postpartum period represents an opportunity to assess the cardiovascular health of women who experience chronic hypertension or hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. The objective of this study is to determine whether women with chronic hypertension or hypertensive disorders of pregnancy access outpatient postpartum care more quickly compared to women with no hypertension.

Pregnancy Pesticide Exposure and Child Development in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Prospective Analysis of a Birth Cohort in Rural Bangladesh and Meta-Analysis

Despite considerable evidence on a negative association between pregnancy pesticide exposure and child development in high-income countries, evidence from low- and middle-income countries is limited. This study assesses associations between pregnancy pesticide exposure and child development in rural Bangladesh and summarizes existing literature in a systematic review and meta-analysis.

Barriers and Facilitators to Hepatitis B Birth Dose Vaccination: Perspectives from Healthcare Providers and Pregnant Women Accessing Antenatal Care in Nigeria

Nigeria is estimated to have the largest number of children worldwide, living with chronic hepatitis B virus infection. A birth dose of the hepatitis B vaccine (HepB-BD) followed by at least two additional vaccine doses is recommended for prevention. This study assessed barriers and facilitators of HepB-BD administration and uptake, using structured interviews with healthcare providers and pregnant women in Adamawa and Enugu States, Nigeria. 

Using Testing History to Estimate HIV Incidence in Mothers Living in Resource-Limited Settings: Maximizing Efficiency of a Community Health Survey in Mozambique

Obtaining rapid and accurate HIV incidence estimates is challenging because of the need for long-term follow-up for a large cohort. This study estimated HIV incidence among women who recently delivered in southern Mozambique by leveraging data available in routine health cards.

Engaging Transgender Women in HIV Research in South Africa

The Botshelo Ba Trans study was the first HIV bio-behavioral survey conducted with transgender women in South Africa. Engaging research with marginalized communities requires clear points of entry, reference points for understanding the internal culture, and establishing trust and understanding. The community-based participatory research approach guided the development and implementation of this study.

Buprenorphine Use and Setting Type Among Reproductive-Aged Women Self-Reporting Nonmedical Prescription Opioid Use

Screening for opioid misuse and treatment for opioid use disorder are critical for reducing morbidity and mortality. This study sought to understand the extent of self-reported past 30-day buprenorphine use in various settings among women of reproductive age with self-reported nonmedical prescription opioid use being assessed for substance use problems.




Question of the Month:

Which of the following facts about facts about Alzheimer’s Disease is true?

A. It is a leading cause of death among U.S. adults. 

B. It is a normal part of aging in women over 65.   

C. It is on the decline in the United States. 

How did you do on May's question?

The term “period poverty” can be described as inadequate access to menstrual hygiene products and education. 

The answer is True! Most of you (91%) answered this question correctly. Good menstrual hygiene practice is essential to overall well-being, yet many menstruators face significant challenges in managing their monthly cycles in a healthy and dignified manner. These challenges related to lack of privacy, financial constraints, sometimes leading to insufficient and limited access to menstrual hygiene products and facilities, can be attributed to what is commonly known as period poverty. These barriers along with shame, stigma and lack of education, about menstrual health and hygiene, can keep girls and women from experiencing a positive and respectful environment to manage their period with dignity and comfort. Learn more about period poverty and promoting menstrual equity. 


Health Observances, July 2023

International Group B Strep Awareness Month

National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month


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