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670th Friday Blog Roundup

Last week, we went to the movies and the woman behind the counter seemed familiar.  I asked her if she had ever worked at a shop in town, and she immediately said, “Was I rude to you?” I was taken aback, and I said, “No, absolutely not.” But she kept repeating, “I probably was rude.  […]

Einstein’s Theory of Happiness

Hopefully you are having a wonderful day.  I know the online world is always American-centric, even more so on Thanksgiving, so I’ll leave it at that: A wonderful day, however you’re spending it. While you eat your turkey/tofurky (or don’t eat your turkey/tofurky), I leave you with this positive thought: Einstein’s Theory of Happiness. Yes, […]

Evaluating implementation of the World Health Organization’s Strategic Approach to strengthening sexual and reproductive health policies and programs to address unintended pregnancy and unsafe abortion

We conducted a process evaluation to assess how the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Strategic Approach to strengthening sexual and reproductive health policies and programs (“the SA”) was used in 15 countries t...

It does matter where you come from: mothers’ experiences of childbirth in midwife obstetric units, Tshwane, South Africa

Health professionals are striving to improve respectful care for women, but they fall short in the domains of effective communication, respectful and dignified care and emotional support during labour. This st...

#MicroblogMondays 169: Games

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. You know how I said on Friday that I’m not playing as many games anymore?  I’m not.  But I still manage to squeeze in a round or two of Desert Golf while I’m thinking during […]

Workplace sexual harassment 'a chronic problem,' says expert

Sexual harassment in the workplace is a pervasive, chronic problem that can cause enduring psychological harm, according to an expert.

Assessing quality of maternity care in Hungary: expert validation and testing of the mother-centered prenatal care (MCPC) survey instrument

Instruments to assess quality of maternity care in Central and Eastern European (CEE) region are scarce, despite reports of poor doctor-patient communication, non-evidence-based care, and informal cash payment...

669th Friday Blog Roundup

This week I went into my settings to discover what Facebook knows about me.  90% of it is wrong.  I really felt like I was being trolled by Facebook; like it was showing me wrong information to tease me.  But it did figure out that I like video games.  I do.  I like video games […]

Discordance in self-report and observation data on mistreatment of women by providers during childbirth in Uttar Pradesh, India

The study aims to assess the discordance between self-reported and observed measures of mistreatment of women during childbirth in public health facilities in Uttar Pradesh, India, as well as correlates of the...

Delayed initiation of antenatal care and associated factors in Ethiopia: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Antenatal care uptake is among the key indicators for monitoring the progress of maternal outcomes. Early initiation of antenatal care facilitates the timely management and treatment of pregnancy complications...

Who Is Sitting Next To You

I read the most moving piece this week.  The authors asked the people on the R train for their personal story and collected them into one Humans-of-New-York-like piece “that attempts to capture the city’s voice through first-person stories, spoken and written, about how our disparate lives intertwine.” Like there’s the kid on his way to […]

I Want This

I want this. I rarely read an article or see an ad and think, “I want this.”  Sometimes I look at something and say, “Oh, that’s nice.”  But I never bookmark it or write it down.  I don’t buy many things — I don’t like shopping and I really don’t like clutter — so the […]

Obstetric care navigation: a new approach to promote respectful maternity care and overcome barriers to safe motherhood

Disrespectful and abusive maternity care is a common and pervasive problem that disproportionately impacts marginalized women. By making mothers less likely to agree to facility-based delivery, it contributes...

#MicroblogMondays 168: CPR Party

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. I read about this great idea recently.  You know how people host LuLaRoe and Stella & Dot parties?  Well, this person helps you host a CPR party. You get the friends together and put out […]

Pet Peeves

One of my biggest pet peeves is when other people foist their ideas about money or time well spent on another person.  I have a pretty good sense of myself; of what I like and don’t like.  I like indoor activities, flat land, bleak beaches.  I dislike outdoor activities, mountains, and heavily populated events or […]

668th Friday Blog Roundup

This week I taught the youth of America what it is like to be a writer for Career Day.  I am always shocked when anyone asks me to talk about anything. The kids begged me not to add into my presentation how much time I spend bouncing ideas off of Linus the Guinea Pig.  I […]

Obstetric fistulae in southern Mozambique: incidence, obstetric characteristics and treatment

Obstetric fistula is one of the most devastating consequences of unmet needs in obstetric services. Systematic reviews suggest that the pooled incidence of fistulae in community-based studies is 0.09 per 1000...

PRENACEL – a mHealth messaging system to complement antenatal care: a cluster randomized trial

The aim of this study was to determine whether PRENACEL (a bi-directional, mobile-phone based, short text message service (SMS)) increases the coverage of recommended antenatal care (ANC) practices.

All the Questions I Was Supposed to Ask Before Marriage

I am often shown ads for the New York Times even though we already have a subscription to the New York Times.  (I’m pretty sure that is not how targeted ads are supposed to work.)  Anyway, one of the recent ads linked to an article from 2016.  Odd choice except that I clicked on it.  […]

Correction to: Design and initial implementation of the WHO FP umbrella project- to strengthen contraceptive services in the sub Saharan Africa

After publication of the original article [1], it came to the authors’ attention that the Acknowledgements section was not completed correctly. The Acknowledgements of the article should have been as follows.

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