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September 2022 - Volume 20 - Issue 9

  • Edoardo Aromataris, PhD
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The latest issue of JBI Evidence Synthesis contains a broad selection of reviews and protocols of upcoming research projects related to perinatal and postnatal care for both mothers and fathers.

Reducing maternal mortality rates continues to be a priority, especially in low- and middle-income countries. In the systematic review "Timing of maternal mortality and severe morbidity during the postpartum period," the authors sought to determine when and why maternal deaths and adverse health outcomes occur during the first 6 weeks after birth. They found that a large percentage of maternal deaths, many of which are preventable, occurred within the first day after birth. In an accompanying editorial, the authors explain that identifying the contributions to maternal mortality will hopefully lead to improvements in postpartum care.

Also in this issue, a scoping review mapped the available mobile health interventions that are used to prevent or manage gestational diabetes. The authors found 25 apps used either during pregnancy or postpartum, mostly for self-management of blood glucose levels. Many apps incorporated one or more behavior change techniques.

Finally, a qualitative systematic review explored fathers' experiences of depression during the perinatal period. Six synthesized findings were produced, addressing topics such as poor mental health literacy in men about paternal perinatal depression; fathers' tendencies to avoid, normalize, or hide depression; and a lack of targeted support for fathers experiencing perinatal depression.

We hope you enjoy these reviews and the many protocols available in this issue. Please explore the full table contents here.​

Mara Lambert, BA

Managing Editor

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BPIS Issue 9 2022.PNGWe are pleased to offer a JBI Best Practice Information Sheet for the qualitative review “Fathers' experiences of depression during the perinatal period." This brief summary​ outlines the important details of the review, including the findings and conclusions, as well as the recommendations for practice. JBI Best Practice Information Sheets are available in the JBI Evidence-based Practice Database and are prepared for a selection of systematic reviews published in JBI Evidence Synthesis.

Read the full review here.

Timing of maternal mortality and severe morbidity during the postpartum period: a systematic review

Dol, Justine; Hughes, Brianna; Bonet, Mercedes; More

JBI Evidence Synthesis. 20(9):2119-2194, September 2022.