Maternal and Child Health Journal Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Springer Verlag

Journal description

Maternal and Child Health Journal is the first exclusive forum to advance the scientific and professional knowledge base of the maternal and child health (MCH) field. This quarterly provides peer-reviewed papers addressing the following areas of MCH practice policy and research: MCH epidemiology demography and health status assessment Innovative MCH service initiatives Implementation of MCH programs MCH policy analysis and advocacy MCH professional development. Exploring the full spectrum of the MCH field Maternal and Child Health Journal is an important tool for practitioners as well as academics in public health obstetrics gynecology prenatal medicine pediatrics and neonatology. Sponsors include the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) the Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health (ATMCH) and CityMatCH.

Current impact factor: 2.24

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2009 Impact Factor 1.766

Additional details

5-year impact 2.38
Cited half-life 4.70
Immediacy index 0.28
Eigenfactor 0.01
Article influence 0.80
Website Maternal and Child Health Journal website
Other titles Maternal and child health journal (Online)
ISSN 1092-7875
OCLC 45091969
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: To examine individual, interpersonal, family, and community correlates associated with moderate-to-severe depressive symptoms among pregnant adolescents. A total of 249 primarily African American and Hispanic pregnant adolescents ages 15-18 years were recruited into either an intervention group utilizing Centering Pregnancy prenatal care and case management, or to a comparison group receiving case management only. Moderate-to-severe depressive symptoms were defined as a score ≥16 on the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (CES-D). Intervention and comparison groups did not significantly differ on demographic characteristics or depression scores at baseline. A total of 115 (46.1 %) participants met criteria for moderate-to-severe depressive symptoms at entry into the program. Pregnant adolescents who were moderately-to-severely depressed were more likely to be African American, to have reported limited contact with the father of the baby, and to have experienced prior verbal, physical or sexual abuse. Depressed adolescents also experienced high levels of family criticism, low levels of general support, and exposure to community violence. A significant number of pregnant adolescents were affected by depression and other challenges that could affect their health. Comprehensive interventions addressing these challenges and incorporating partners and families are needed.
    Maternal and Child Health Journal 02/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10995-015-1733-y
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    ABSTRACT: This study aimed to examine insurance coverage, use of the healthcare system, satisfaction with care, transition from pediatric to adult healthcare services, and social and emotional support for individuals with genetic conditions. In June 2013, the National Genetics Education and Consumer Network surveyed US individuals with genetic conditions about their healthcare experiences. Chi square statistics were used to compare use of the healthcare system, satisfaction, social and emotional support of children (0-17 years) and adults (18 + years) with genetic conditions. There were 1895 valid responses (53.0 % individuals with genetic conditions, 47.0 % parents of these individuals). The findings suggest several potential areas to impact the quality of care received by this population. The majority of respondents reported that they had: (1) more than one health professional they considered to be their personal doctor or nurse (70.5 % children; 57.8 % adults); (2) providers that listened carefully to their needs always or most of the time (82.2 % children; 83.5 % adults); and (3) providers that usually or always involved them as partners in their care (78.4 % children; 66.6 % adults). However, several significant differences around care and support received between children versus adults and areas of need were reported. Most persons surveyed received care from a system of providers that was self- or parent- coordinated and lacked sufficient social and emotional support. Data from this study will inform practice and identifies further research needed to improve care provided to individuals with genetic conditions who require a combination of specialty and primary care.
    Maternal and Child Health Journal 02/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10995-015-1738-6
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    ABSTRACT: The objective of this study is to explore the association between having a child with special health care needs (CSHCN) and food insecurity when the child is 2 years old. We studied women who had a live birth in 2004-2005 and responded to Oregon's Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) survey 3 months postpartum (Time 1) and the follow-up survey (PRAMS-2), when the child was 2 years old (Time 2). Women answering affirmatively to the PRAMS-2 question, "In the last 12 months, did you ever eat less than you felt you should because there was not enough money for food?" were considered food insecure. CSHCN status was identified by affirmative responses to questions about needs for ongoing services (Time 2). PRAMS and PRAMS-2 responses were weighted for study design and non-response. Results report weighted analyses, unless noted. Among 1812 mothers completing PRAMS-2, 13.6 % (unweighted) had a 2-year-old CSHCN and 11.9 % (unweighted) were food insecure at Time 2. The estimated prevalence of food insecurity at 2-year follow-up was 20.7 % among families of CSHCN and 9.7 % for others. After adjustment for Time 2 marital status, education, lifetime U.S. residence, income and health conditions, multivariable logistic regression revealed that odds of food insecurity were more than two times as great for CSHCN mothers 2 years post-partum compared to non-CSHCN mothers (adjusted odds ratio 2.6, 95 % confidence interval 1.3, 4.6). Families of CSHCN face increased risk for food insecurity. Improved understanding of causal determinants of food insecurity among households of CSHCN is needed.
    Maternal and Child Health Journal 02/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10995-015-1735-9
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    ABSTRACT: To develop a brief self-report assessment of the type and magnitude of stressors during the postpartum period. A cross-sectional study of a convenience sample of 138 women at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA completed a measure of postpartum stressors at their 6-week postpartum visit. Item analyses were conducted; items were eliminated based on low relevance, low endorsement, and cross-loadings, resulting in a 9-item measure. Items were summed to create a total postpartum stressors score. To establish concurrent validity with perceived stress, the total postpartum stressors score was correlated with the 4-item Perceived Stress Scale (PSS-4). The stressors score was tested for bivariate associations with depression (Patient Health Questionnaire-2) and with social support (three items adapted from the MOS Social Support Scale). The 9-item measure, which was comprised of three factors (baby care, well-being, and work) demonstrated good reliability (Cronbach's α = .74) and concurrent validity with the PSS-4 (r = .53; p < .001) in the current sample. The stressors total score was negatively associated with social support (p < .001) and was positively associated with depression symptoms (p < .001). The early psychometric results on this measure are promising and associated with postpartum social support and depressive symptoms. With additional research to enhance external validity, this measure could be used and tested in an intervention study at the 6-week postpartum visit to identify women at risk for distress.
    Maternal and Child Health Journal 02/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10995-015-1731-0
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    ABSTRACT: This research examines individual and area level factors associated with maternal health care utilization in Pakistan. The 2012-2013 Pakistan Demographic and Health Surveys data was used to model five outcomes: prenatal care within the first trimester, four plus prenatal visits, birth attendance by a skilled attendant, birth in a medical facility, and receipt of postnatal care. Less than half of births were to mothers receiving prenatal care in the first trimester, and approximately 57 % had trained personnel at delivery. Over half were born to mothers who received postnatal care. Evidence was found to support the positive effect of individual level variables, education and wealth, on the utilization of maternal health care across all five measures. Although, this study did not find unilateral differences between women residing in rural and urban settings, rural women were found to have lower odds of utilizing prenatal services as compared to mothers in urban environments. Additionally, women who cited distance as a barrier, had lower odds of receiving postnatal health care, but still engaged in prenatal services and often had a skilled attendant present at delivery. The odds of utilizing prenatal care increased when women resided in an area where prenatal utilization was high, and this variability was found across measures across provinces. The results found in this paper highlight the uneven progress made around improving prenatal, delivery, and postnatal care in Pakistan; disparities persist which may be attributed to factors both at the individual and community level, but may be addressed through a consorted effort to change national policy around women's health which should include the promotion of evidence based interventions such as incentivizing health care workers, promoting girls' education, and improving transportation options for pregnant women and recent mothers with the intent of ultimately lowering the Maternal Mortality Rate as recommended in the U.N.'s Millennium Development Goal 5.
    Maternal and Child Health Journal 02/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10995-015-1726-x
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    ABSTRACT: Since 2004, twice-yearly mass vitamin A supplementation (VAS) has equitably reached over 85 % of children 6-59 months old in Sierra Leone. However infants who turn 6 months after the event may wait until they are 11 months old to receive their first dose. The effectiveness of integrating VAS at 6 months into the Expanded Program of Immunization (EPI) in a revised child health card was studied. Health facilities matched according to staff cadre and work load were assigned to provide either a 'mini package' of VAS and infant and young child feeding (IYCF), a 'full package' of VAS, IYCF and family planning (FP), or 'child health card' only. 400 neonates were enrolled into each group, caregivers given the new child health card and followed until they were 12 months old. More infants in the full: 74.5 % and mini: 71.7 % group received VAS between 6 and 7 months of age compared with the new CH card only group: 60.2 % (p = 0.002, p < 0.001 respectively). FP commodities were provided to 44.5 % of caregivers in the full compared with <2.5 % in the mini and new child health card only groups (p < 0.0001). Integration of VAS within the EPI schedule achieved >60 % coverage for infants between 6 and 7 months of age. Provision of FP and/or IYCF further improved coverage. Funding was provided by the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development who had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish or preparation of the manuscript.
    Maternal and Child Health Journal 02/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10995-015-1706-1
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    ABSTRACT: We examined the association between life events stressors during pregnancy and low birth weight (LBW) among African Americans and Whites, while systematically controlling for potential confounders including individual characteristics and city-level variations and clustering. We analyzed data from 4970 women with singleton births who participated in the 2007 and 2010 Los Angeles Mommy and Baby Surveys. Multilevel logistic regression was used to assess the association between emotional, financial, spousal and traumatic stressors and LBW among African Americans and Whites. Potential confounders included were: the city-level Economic Hardship Index, maternal demographics, pre-pregnancy conditions, insurance, behavioral risk factors and social support. African Americans were significantly more likely to experience any domain of stressors during their pregnancy, compared to Whites (p < 0.001). Only the association between financial stressors and LBW was significantly different between African Americans and Whites (p for interaction = 0.015). Experience of financial stressors during pregnancy was significantly associated with LBW among African Americans (adjusted odds ratio = 1.49; 95 % confidence interval = 1.01-2.22) but not Whites. Differential impact of financial stressors during pregnancy may contribute to racial disparities in LBW between African Americans and Whites. We showed that financial life event stressors, but not other domains of stressors, were more likely to impact LBW among African Americans than Whites. Initiatives aimed at mitigating the negative impacts of financial stress during pregnancy may contribute to reducing disparities in birth outcomes between African Americans and Whites.
    Maternal and Child Health Journal 02/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10995-015-1734-x
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    ABSTRACT: The fee exemption policy for EmONC in Mali aims to lower the financial barrier to care. The objective of the study was to evaluate the direct and indirect expenses associated with caesarean interventions performed in EmONC and the factors associated with these expenses. Data sampling followed the case control approach used in the large project (deceased and near-miss women). Our sample consisted of a total of 190 women who underwent caesarean interventions. Data were collected from the health workers and with a social approach by administering questionnaires to the persons who accompanied the woman. Household socioeconomic status was assessed using a wealth index constructed with a principal component analysis. The factors significantly associated with expenses were determined using multivariate linear regression analyses. Women in the Kayes region spent on average 77,017 FCFA (163 USD) for a caesarean episode in EmONC, of which 70 % was for treatment. Despite the caesarean fee exemption, 91 % of the women still paid for their treatment. The largest treatment-related direct expenses were for prescriptions, transfusion, antibiotics, and antihypertensive medication. Near-misses, women who presented a hemorrhage or an infection, and/or women living in rural areas spent significantly more than the others. Although abolishing fees of EmONC in Mali plays an important role in reducing maternal death by increasing access to caesarean sections, this paper shows that the fee policy did not benefit to all women. There are still barriers to EmONC access for women of the lowest socio-economic group. These included direct expenses for drugs prescription, treatment and indirect expenses for transport and food.
    Maternal and Child Health Journal 02/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10995-015-1687-0
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    ABSTRACT: To characterize reasons women chose midwives as prenatal care providers and to measure the relationship between midwifery care and patient-provider communication in the U.S. Retrospective analysis of data from a nationally-representative survey of women who gave birth in 2011-2012 to a single newborn in a U.S. hospital (n = 2,400). We used multivariate logistic regression models to characterize women who received prenatal care from a midwife, to describe the reasons for this choice, and to examine the association between midwife-led prenatal care and women's reports about communication. Preference for a female clinician and having a particular clinician assigned was associated with higher odds of midwifery care (AOR = 2.65, 95 % CI 1.70, 4.14 and AOR = 1.63, 95 % CI 1.04, 2.58). A woman with midwifery care had lower odds of reporting that she held back questions because her preference for care was different from her provider's recommendation (AOR = 0.46, 95 % CI 0.23, 0.89) or because she did not want to be perceived as difficult (AOR = 0.48, 95 % CI 0.28, 0.81). Women receiving midwifery care also had lower odds of reporting that the provider used medical words were hard for them to understand (AOR = 0.58, 95 % CI 0.37, 0.91) and not feeling encouraged to discuss all their concerns (AOR = 0.54, 95 % CI 0.34, 0.89). Women whose prenatal care was provided by midwives report better communication compared with those cared for by other types of clinicians. Systems-level interventions, such as assigning a clinician, may improve access to midwifery care and the associated improvements in patient-provider communication in maternity care.
    Maternal and Child Health Journal 02/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10995-015-1671-8
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    ABSTRACT: About 48 % of US women gain more weight during pregnancy than recommended by the Institute of Medicine (IOM). Excessive gestational weight gain is a major risk factor for obesity in both women and offspring over their lifetimes, and should be avoided. This study was designed to test the feasibility and initial efficacy of a prenatal behavioral intervention in a sample of low-income, predominantly Latina women. The intervention was delivered in groups of 8-10 women in a community recreation center, and structured to reduce the proportion of women who gained weight in excess of IOM guidelines. Recruitment targets were met in 3 months: 135 pregnant women (>10 and <28 weeks) were randomly assigned to receive a 12-week intervention (n = 68) or usual care (n = 67). Retention rate was 81 %. On average, women attended 4 of 12 group sessions, and each session had 4 of the 8-10 assigned participants in attendance. Initial efficacy analyses were based on 87 women. Compared to usual care, fewer normal-weight women in the intervention exceeded IOM recommendations (47.1 % usual care vs. 6.7 % intervention; absolute difference 40.4 %; p = .036). Recommendations for recruitment, retention, and delivery are discussed. A community-based cognitive-behavioral lifestyle intervention during pregnancy was feasible in a hard-to-reach, high-risk population of low-income Latina women, and showed efficacy in preventing excessive gestational weight gain. Due to frequently changing work schedules, strategies are needed to either increase attendance at group sessions (e.g., within a group prenatal care format) or to build core skills necessary for behavior change through other modalities.
    Maternal and Child Health Journal 02/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10995-015-1698-x
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study is examine the impact of pregnancy and delivery complications on the healthcare costs of newborns during the first 3 months of life. We conducted a retrospective cohort study of newborns born to women ages 15-49 using de-identified medical and pharmacy claims from the Truven Health MarketScan Commercial Claims and Encounters database incurred between January 1, 2007 and December 31, 2011. Total healthcare costs and resource utilization were examined and compared for the first 3 months of life between cohorts of newborns either with or without evidence of categorized maternal complications. Incremental costs were also determined using multivariable analysis for the conditions found to be the most prevalent in the study population. A total of 137,040 infants were studied, 75.4 % of which were born to mothers who had experienced at least one complication during pregnancy or delivery. Fetal abnormalities (26.2 %), early or threatened labor (16.6 %), and hemorrhage (10.8 %) were the most frequently observed complications. Diabetes (8.0 %) and hypertension (7.7 %) were also common, with the majority of other conditions present in 1 % or less of the study population. Adjusted analyses found significant differences for seven conditions where incremental costs ranged from $987 to $10,287. Complications are common during pregnancy and delivery and some complications may lead to increased healthcare costs for newborns immediately following birth.
    Maternal and Child Health Journal 02/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10995-015-1721-2
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    ABSTRACT: To assess the association between a child's and their parent's public health insurance status during a time when children had access to coverage independent of policies that impacted adults' access. Secondary data from the Oregon Health Plan (OHP) [Oregon's Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Programs] for families with at least one parent and one child with OHP coverage at any time during the study period (2002-2010). We linked children to their parents in the OHP data set and examined longitudinal associations between the coverage patterns for children and their parents, controlling for several demographic and economic confounders. We tested for differences in the strength of associations in monthly coverage status in five time periods throughout the nine-year study period. The odds of a child being insured by the OHP in months in which at least one parent had OHP coverage were significantly higher than among children whose parents were not enrolled at that time. Children with at least one parent who maintained or gained OHP coverage in a given month had a much higher probability of being enrolled in the OHP in that month, compared to children who had no covered parents in the given month or the month prior. Despite implementation of policies that differentially affected eligibility requirements for children and adults, strong associations persisted between coverage continuity for parents and children enrolled in Oregon public health insurance programs.
    Maternal and Child Health Journal 02/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10995-015-1690-5
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    ABSTRACT: To compare infant injuries in the first year of life between Maternal Infant Health Program (MIHP) participants and matched comparison groups. The population was the cohort of Medicaid-insured singleton infants born in 2011 in Michigan who had continuous Medicaid insurance and survived the first year after birth (N = 51,078). Propensity score matching was used to compare participants in MIHP to matched comparison groups from among the nonparticipants. Injury episodes were defined based on Medicaid claims in the first year of life. Matched comparisons were performed using McNemar, Bowker, and Wilcoxon signed rank tests to assess the effects of program participation on infant injuries. Infants of MIHP participants were more likely to have injury episodes (11.7 vs. 10.4 %, p < 0.01) and a higher rate of episodes (126.9/1,000 infants vs. 109.6/1,000) compared to matched nonparticipants. Infants of MIHP participants were more likely to have superficial injuries (4.9 vs. 3.9 %, p < 0.01) and a higher rate of episodes related to superficial injuries (49.7/1,000 vs. 39.6/1,000), which mainly accounted for the difference in injury visits between groups. Similar results were found among those enrolled and risk-screened in the program by the 2nd pregnancy trimester and who received a dosage of at least three additional MIHP contacts when compared to matched nonparticipants. MIHP participants did not experience reductions in infant injuries in the first year of life compared to matched nonparticipants. Possible explanations may include increased health-seeking behavior of the mothers participating in MIHP or improved recognition of infant injuries that warrant medical attention.
    Maternal and Child Health Journal 02/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10995-015-1724-z
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    ABSTRACT: To examine the relationship between folic acid preconception counseling (PCC) and folic acid use and reasons for non-use among women with a recent live birth. We analyzed Maryland Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) survey responses from 2009 to 2011 (n = 4,426, response rate = 67 %). Multivariable weighted logistic regression models were used to explore associations between folic acid PCC receipt and folic acid use and reasons for non-use. Approximately 30 % of women reported daily folic acid use the month before pregnancy, with lower rates among those who were <30, non-white, or unmarried; received WIC during pregnancy; had suffered a stressful event prepregnancy; smoked prepregnancy; had a previous live birth; or had an unintended pregnancy (all p < 0.05). The most common reasons for folic acid non-use were "not planning pregnancy" (61 %) and "didn't think needed to take" (41 %). Folic acid PCC receipt was reported by 27 % of women and was associated with three times the odds of folic acid use (adjusted odds ratio [aOR] 3.15, 95 % CI 2.47-4.03) and half the odds of reporting "didn't think needed to take" (aOR 0.47, 95 % CI 0.28-0.78) as a reason for non-use. Less than one-third of recent Maryland mothers reported using folic acid daily before pregnancy and only 27 % reported receiving folic acid PCC. However, folic acid PCC was associated with increased folic acid use and decreased reporting that women did not think they needed to take folic acid. Our data support initiatives to promote provision of folic acid PCC to all women of childbearing age.
    Maternal and Child Health Journal 02/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10995-015-1705-2
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    ABSTRACT: To compare fetal and first day outcomes of American Indian and Alaskan Natives (AIAN) with non-AIAN populations. Singleton deliveries to AIAN and non-AIAN populations were selected from live birth-infant death cohort and fetal deaths files from 1995-1998 and 2005-2008. We examined changes over time in maternal characteristics of deliveries and disparities and changes in risks of fetal, first day (<24 h), and cause-specific deaths. We calculated descriptive statistics, odds ratios and confidence intervals, and ratio of odds ratios (RORs) to indicate changes in disparities. Along with black mothers, AIANs exhibited the highest proportion of risk factors including the highest proportion of diabetes in both time periods (4.6 and 6.5 %). Over time, late fetal death for AIANs decreased 17 % (aOR = 0.83, 95 % CI 0.72-0.97), but we noted a 47 % increased risk over time for Hispanics (aOR = 1.47, 95 % CI 1.40-1.55). Our data indicated no change over time among AIANs for first day death. For AIANs compared to whites, increased risks and disparities persisted for mortality due to congenital anomalies (ROR = 1.28, 95 % CI 1.03-1.60). For blacks compared to AIANs, the increased risks of fetal death (2005-2008: aOR = 0.60, 95 % CI 0.53-0.68) persisted. For Hispanics, lower risks compared to AIANs persisted, but protective effect declined over time. Disparities between AIAN and other groups persist, but there is variability by race/ethnicity in improvement of perinatal outcomes over time. Variability in access to care and pregnancy management should be considered in relation to health equity for fetal and early infant deaths.
    Maternal and Child Health Journal 02/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10995-015-1694-1