Jody Rae Lori

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BACKGROUND A primary cause of high maternal mortality in Bangladesh is lack of access to professional delivery care. Examining the role of the family, particularly the husband, during pregnancy and childbirth is important to understanding women's access to and utilization of professional maternal health services that can prevent maternal mortality. This(More)
OBJECTIVE Maternity waiting homes (MWHs) can reduce maternal morbidity and mortality by increasing access to skilled birth attendants (SBAs). The present analysis was conducted to determine whether MWHs increase the use of SBAs at rural primary health clinics in Liberia; to determine whether traditional midwives (TMs) are able to work with SBAs as a team(More)
PURPOSE To report findings on knowledge and skill acquisition following a 3-day training session in the use of short message service (SMS) texting with non- and low-literacy traditional midwives. DESIGN A pre- and post-test study design was used to assess knowledge and skill acquisition with 99 traditional midwives on the use of SMS texting for real-time,(More)
BACKGROUND Mal-distribution of the health workforce with a strong bias for urban living is a major constraint to expanding midwifery services in Ghana. According to the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDG) report, the high risk of dying in pregnancy or childbirth continues in Africa. Maternal death is currently estimated at 350 per 100,000, partially a(More)
Despite global attention, high levels of maternal mortality continue to plague many low- and middle-income settings. One important way to improve the care of women in labour is to increase the proportion of women who deliver in a health facility. However, due to poor quality of care, including being disrespected and abused, women are reluctant to come to(More)
OBJECTIVE to determine what midwifery students throughout Ghana were witnessing, perceiving, and learning with regard to respectful care during labour and childbirth. DESIGN cross-sectional survey. SETTING public midwifery schools in all 10 regions of Ghana. PARTICIPANTS all graduating midwifery students in Ghana. MEASUREMENTS 929 final-year(More)
OBJECTIVE to examine the structural and sociocultural factors influencing maternity waiting home (MWH) use through the lens of women, families, and communities in one rural county in postconflict Liberia. DESIGN an exploratory, qualitative descriptive design using focus groups and in-depth, individual interviews was employed. Content analysis of data was(More)
In this qualitative study we used an interpretive, critical ethnographic approach to provide an understanding of childbirth and maternal illness and death in Liberia through the lens of women, families, and communities. We identified three major themes from the data: (a) secrecy surrounding pregnancy and childbirth; (b) power and authority; and (c) distrust(More)
OBJECTIVE To conduct a secondary analysis of maternal death and near-miss audits conducted at the community and facility level to explore the causes and circumstances surrounding maternal mortality and severe morbidity in one rural county in Liberia, West Africa. DESIGN A non-experimental, descriptive design utilising maternal death and near-miss audit(More)
BACKGROUND Research on the mal-distribution of health care workers has focused mainly on physicians and nurses. To meet the Millennium Development Goal Five and the reproductive needs of all women, it is predicted that an additional 334,000 midwives are needed. Despite the on-going efforts to increase this cadre of health workers there are still glaring(More)