Global Maternal and Child Health

Pregnant in the Time of Ebola

Women and Their Children in the 2013-2015 West African Epidemic

Editors: Schwartz, David A., Anoko, Julienne Ngoundoung, Abramowitz, Sharon A. (Eds.)

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  • Is the first book (and potentially only book) to discuss the effects of the 2013-2015 West African Ebola epidemic on women, pregnancy, infants, and children
  • Is the authoritative book in this field, due to the wide range of expertise of the authors, together with the central role that they and their institutions played during the Ebola epidemic
  • Is unique in using a combined multi-specialty approach to the problems and potential solutions of the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa, incorporating the opinions of internationally known experts in clinical medicine, anthropology and the social sciences, public health, epidemiology, midwifery, nursing, and other fields
  • Includes experts from Europe and the United States, as well as local West African experts who were directly involved in the outbreak
  • Includes the viewpoints and experiences of authors from multiple international agencies who were deployed to the outbreak, including UNICEF, Partners in Health, Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), International Rescue Committee, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Health Service of Great Britain, UNFPA, The Carter Center, and others
  • Addresses issues of importance to the care of women and their children during a multinational epidemic of a life-threatening infectious disease. These include biomedical complications of pregnancy, access to obstetrical care, maternal and infant clinical outcomes, effects of the epidemic on healthcare for non-pregnant women, birthing roles, roles of anthropologists and social scientists, gender-based violence and obstetrical violence, stigmatization, training and use of midwives and traditional birth attendants, teenage pregnancy, survivorship issues, deployment of international workers and the emergency response, Ebola treatment centers, and others
  • Is comprehensive, with 30 chapters that include numerous illustrative photographs, figures, maps, and diagrams all dealing with issues regarding women (both pregnant and non-pregnant), infants, and children in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia during the Ebola epidemic
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This comprehensive account of the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history examines its devastating effects on West Africa’s most vulnerable populations: pregnant women and children. Noted experts across disciplines assess health care systems’ responses to the epidemic in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone, emphasizing key areas such as pregnancy, prenatal services, childbirth, neonatal care, and survivor health among pregnant and non-pregnant women. The 30 chapters hone in on gender-based social issues exacerbated during the outbreak, from violence against women and girls to barriers to female education. At the same time, chapters pinpoint numerous areas for service delivery and policy improvements for more coordinated, effective, and humane actions during future pandemics. 

A sampling of the topics: 

  • Ebola virus disease: perinatal transmission and epidemiology
  • Comprehensive clinical care for children with Ebola virus disease
  • Maternal and reproductive rights: Ebola and the law in Liberia
  • Ebola-related complications for maternal, newborn, and child health service delivery and utilization in Guinea
  • The Ebola epidemic halted female genital cutting in Sierra Leone—temporarily 
  • Maternity care for Ebola at Médecins Sans Frontières centers
  • Stigmatization of pregnant women with and without Ebola
  • Exclusion of women and infants from Ebola treatment trials
  • Role of midwives during the Ebola epidemic

Pregnant in the Time of Ebola is a powerful resource for public health specialists, anthropologists, social scientists, physicians, epidemiologists, nurses, midwives, and governmental and non-governmental agency staff studying the effects of the epidemic on women and children as a result of the most widespread Ebola outbreak to date.

About the authors

David A. Schwartz, MD, MS Hyg, FCAP, has an educational background in Anthropology, Medicine, Public Health, Emerging Infections, Women's Health and Epidemiology. He sub-specializes in Obstetrical, Fetal, and Perinatal Pathology as well as Emerging Infections, and has a professional interest in reproductive health, and maternal and infant disease and death in both resource-rich and resource-poor countries. Dr. Schwartz has organized and directed large national and international investigations of health of women and children, obstetrical disease, perinatal pathology, and epidemiology for many government agencies including the CDC, NIH, and USAID, and has consulted and taught in these specialties in resource-poor nations. He has been a recipient of many grants, and was a Pediatric AIDS Foundation Scholar. He edited a newly-published book regarding anthropological and public health aspects of maternal morbidity and mortality in developing nations that was published in October, 2015 (Maternal Mortality: Risk Factors, Anthropological Perspectives, Prevalence in Developing Countries and Preventive Strategies for Pregnancy-Related Deaths), and was previously a co-editor of an award-winning 2-volume medical textbook on infectious diseases with Appleton-Lange Publishers (Pathology of Infectious Diseases. Volumes I and II). He is the editor of a 36-chapter text currently in progress for Springer, Maternal Health, Pregnancy-Related Morbidity and Death Among Indigenous Women of Mexico & Central America: An Anthropological, Epidemiological and Biomedical Approach. He has authored more than 120 peer-reviewed articles as well as 47 chapters in his specialty areas in the medical literature. Dr. Schwartz is an experienced editor, currently serving on the Editorial Boards of three major international journals, and is associate editor for one of them. He has previously taught at several universities, and is currently a clinical professor at the Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Schwartz has long experience at understanding and integrating the anthropological, biomedical, epidemiological, and public health aspects of emerging infectious diseases as they affect society, especially women and children. Both Drs. Schwartz and Abramowitz have recently been active in addressing aspects of the current global Zika virus situation.
Julienne N. Anoko, PhD, MS, is a social anthropologist (PhD) from the Sorbonne University in Paris, France. She completed her academic preparation (MS) in the areas of epidemiology and public health, and gender and health. For more than 15 years, she has been supporting several institutions (public administrations, NGOs, international development, and United Nations organizations) in addressing social norms and gender issues both during emergency outbreaks and into development programs for better efficiency and accountability. Between 2005 and 2014, Dr. Anoko supported the World Health Organization and UNICEF during the Ebola and Marburg outbreaks, as well as the H1N1 influenza pandemic in both developed and developing countries in Africa, America, and Europe. In 2015, she joined the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) in Guinea to coordinate, support, and leverage the Social Mobilization and Community Engagement pillar in order to implement interventions compatible with local contexts to gain community trust and participation into the overall response. Between 2015 and 2016, she was appointed as in-house social anthropologist of UNICEF in the Guinea-country Office to support the mainstreaming of social norms into both the Ebola emergency response and development programs. Dr. Anoko has published books and papers and contributed in developing several guidelines for United Nations agencies dealing with her areas of expertise. She had been featured in articles from NPR, National Geographic, The Washington Post, WHO, and others. She is recipient of the "Research and Innovation 2015 Award" for her engagement in the field during the West African Ebola epidemic from the French Red Cross Humanitarian Fund.
Sharon Abramowitz, PhD, is an independent consultant and former assistant professor of Anthropology and African Studies at the University of Florida in Gainsville. She is currently pending as a research affiliate with Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. As a medical anthropologist, Dr. Abramowitz has conducted research on community-based response to epidemics and pandemic events, Ebola, humanitarian intervention, mental health, gender-based violence, health sector transitions, and post-conflict reconstruction in West Africa since 2000. She is the author of Searching for Normal in the Wake of the Liberian War (University of Pennsylvania Press 2014), co-editor of Medical Humanitarianism: Ethnographies of Practice (University of Pennsylvania Press 2015), and has authored many peer-reviewed articles in leading scientific journals. Presently, Dr. Abramowitz plays a leading role in social science's response to the West African Ebola epidemic, and is the principal investigator for the Ebola 100 Project, which is establishing a "history of the present" of humanitarian experiences during the Ebola outbreak. She also is conducting research on community-based responses to epidemic and pandemic events.

Table of contents (30 chapters)

  • Ebola’s Assault on Women, Children, and Family Reproduction: An Introduction to the Issues

    Abramowitz, Sharon A.

    Pages 3-9

  • Effects of the West African Ebola Epidemic on Health Care of Pregnant Women: Stigmatization With and Without Infection

    Strong, Adrienne E., Ph.D. (et al.)

    Pages 11-30

  • The Challenges of Pregnancy and Childbirth Among Women Who Were Not Infected with Ebola Virus During the 2013–2015 West African Epidemic

    Marsh, Regan H. (et al.)

    Pages 31-51

  • Ebola Virus Disease and Pregnancy: Perinatal Transmission and Epidemiology

    Bebell, Lisa M.

    Pages 53-65

  • Comprehensive Clinical Care for Infants and Children with Ebola Virus Disease

    Trehan, Indi (et al.)

    Pages 67-85

Buy this book

eBook $119.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-97637-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $159.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-97636-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Pregnant in the Time of Ebola
Book Subtitle
Women and Their Children in the 2013-2015 West African Epidemic
Editors
  • David A. Schwartz
  • Julienne Ngoundoung Anoko
  • Sharon A. Abramowitz
Series Title
Global Maternal and Child Health
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-97637-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-97637-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-97636-5
Series ISSN
2522-8382
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXIV, 487
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations, 123 illustrations in colour
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