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Aims & scope

Maternal Health, Neonatology and Perinatology is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that considers articles on a broad range of topics related to the physiological and pathological conditions of women during preconceptional, perinatal, and postpartum periods; and of fetuses and newborn infants during and beyond their initial hospital stay. 

The topics within these subjects could include, but are not limited to, the etiology, epidemiology, clinical issues, diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and short and long-term outcomes.

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New Content ItemMaternal Health, Neonatology and Perinatology is recruiting Associate Editors. As the growth of the journal continues, we are looking to expand our editorial team. If you are a researcher with experience in maternal and neonatal health we would love to hear from you.

Please follow the link below to find out more about the role and apply.

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Featured Article Collections

Maternal and Neonatal Wellbeing: Impact of Maternal Mental Health

Celebrating maternal mental health awareness week 2023.

This special issue celebrates maternal mental health awareness week and will accept manuscripts addressing clinical manifestations; maternal feelings and emotions during pregnancy and after childbirth; awareness needed for social support in this period; disparities in maternal mental health and impacts on diverse groups; associations between impaired maternal mental health and child health outcomes.

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 30 April 2024

Safe prevention of primary cesarean delivery

Cesarean delivery is considered a life-saving approach for certain maternal and fetal conditions, like labor dystocia, fetal distress, fetal malpresentation, multiple gestation and fetal macrosomia. However, data are limited regarding factors associated with the international increase in cesarean delivery rates. This collection encourages manuscripts coving the area of the topic including different approaches, advancement and policies to overcome unnecessary cesarean delivery.

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 30 June 2024 

Pregnancy and preeclampsia: diagnosis and management

Preeclampsia is defined as the new onset of hypertension, signs of kidney, including proteinuria, or other organ damages during pregnancy, typically after 20 weeks of gestation. Preeclampsia occurs in 2-8% of pregnancies leading to worldwide maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality. Despite its impact, early-stage diagnosis and/or prevention measures are limited.  Delivery and supportive care remain the principal treatments. This article collection welcomes manuscripts on preeclampsia including but not limited to novel measures to manage preeclampsia related mortality.

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 31 May 2024

Pregnancy and thyroid dysfunction

Thyroid hormone is essential for female fertility and fetal development. Occurrence of thyroid dysfunction is frequent in pregnancy- causing early pregnancy loss, pre-eclampsia, prematurity and congenital abnormalities. Even a milder form of thyroid dysfunction or thyroid autoimmunity cause adverse outcomes during pregnancy. Universal thyroid function screening for women at higher risk for thyroid disease is recommended. Researchers have gained insights into the physiology, detection and treatment of thyroid disorder during pregnancy.  Modern assays and technologies to diagnose and treat overt thyroid continue to evolve.  This article collection welcomes manuscripts depicting the recent advancement in the field of thyroid dysfunction and pregnancy.

Submission Status: Open until 30 June 2024


Announcing the launch of In Review

In Review

Maternal Health, Neonatology and Perinatology in partnership with Research Square, is now offering In Review. Authors choosing this free optional service will be able to:

Share their work with fellow researchers to read, comment on, and cite even before publication

Showcase their work to funders and others with a citable DOI while it is still under review

Track their manuscript - including seeing when reviewers are invited, and when reports are received 

Maternal Health, Neonatology and Perinatology is affiliated with the CROWN initiative, Core Outcomes in Women’s Health. CROWN is an international initiative, led by journal editors, to harmonise outcome reporting in women’s health research. We are coming together to address the widespread, unwarranted variation in reporting of outcomes. CROWN’s main aim is to encourage researchers to report core outcome sets for key conditions in women’s health.


Dr. Jonathan SlaughterDr. Jonathan Slaughter is a neonatologist and principal investigator in the Center for Perinatal Research within The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Epidemiology at The Ohio State University. His scholarly pursuits include neonatal comparative effectiveness research and neonatal pharmacoepidemiology. When teaching in the neonatal intensive care unit, he emphasizes the critical evaluation of published literature and evidence-based practice.

Prior to coming to Nationwide Children’s/Ohio State, Dr. Slaughter earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Catawba College (Summa Cum Laude) and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina and his fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He received his Master of Public Health degree from The Ohio State University College of Public Health. Dr. Slaughter was elected as a member of the Society for Pediatric Research and has served as the Chair of the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology Pediatric Special Interest Group. He is a voting member on the Ohio Newborn Screening Advisory Council.

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    49 days submission to first editorial decision for all manuscripts (Median)
    134 days submission to accept (Median)

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