Judith A Fortney

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OBJECTIVES To assess postpartum care at an international level, we reviewed published literature on postpartum maternal deaths. METHODS Meta-analysis was used to summarize the literature reviewed. Postpartum deaths in developing countries were compared with those in the United States. RESULTS In both developing countries and the United States, > 60% of(More)
We examined the association between physical activity and bone mineral density (BMD) among 352 perimenopausal women. A personal activity computer was used to estimate the daily energy expenditure on physical activity. BMD was measured by photon absorptiometry at the lumbar spine, midradius, and distal radius. Multiple linear regression, controlling for(More)
The objective of the study was to assess the symptoms and signs of genital irritation produced by different frequencies of nonoxynol-9 (N-9) use. Thirty-five women were randomized to each of 5 groups and used a vaginal suppository for 2 weeks. Group 1: N-9 once every other day; Group 2: N-9 once a day; Group 3: N-9 twice a day; Group 4: N-9 4 times a day;(More)
Mortality data ascertained from sources other than a death registration system can validate the accuracy of the system, but this information is rarely obtained. Data on 1979 deaths among reproductive age women were collected in the 1981-1983 Reproductive Age Mortality Survey (RAMOS) in the governorate of Menoufia, Egypt, and compared with data on these(More)
Conflicting recommendations have been offered about whether HIV+ mothers should breastfeed. Since there is a strong precedent for US infant feeding practices to be imitated in developing countries, a model was constructed to estimate infant mortality if the CDC admonition for HIV+ mothers not to breastfeed were upheld in less developed settings. Estimates(More)
Among women of reproductive age in Menoufia, Egypt, deaths from burns constitute a major public health problem. Burns account for 9 per cent of the deaths occurring to women aged 15-49, and were the third cause of death (after disease of the circulatory system and complications of pregnancy and childbirth). Nearly two-thirds of the burns were caused by(More)
  • J A Fortney
  • 1990
The Tenth Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10) will include two new definitions concerning death related to pregnancy: --Late maternal death--the death of a woman from direct or indirect obstetric causes more than 42 days but less than one year after termination of pregnancy. --Pregnancy-related death--the death of a woman while(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify new and underutilized technologies to reduce maternal mortality related to puerperal sepsis in developing countries. METHOD Review of current medical literature. RESULT The literature indicates that infection-control protocols and evidence-based procedures--including prophylactic antibiotics for cesarean section or preterm rupture(More)
This pilot study aimed to determine the feasibility of a larger study of contraception and risk of HIV infection in women. We also measured risk factors for and occurrence of HIV infection in the participants. A cohort of 1537 seronegative women attending a family planning clinic in Nairobi, Kenya was enrolled and followed for up to 12 months per woman. HIV(More)