Pregnant in the Time of Ebola

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

  • David A. Schwartz
  • Julienne Ngoundoung Anoko
  • Sharon A. Abramowitz

Part of the Global Maternal and Child Health book series (GMCH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxiv
  2. The West African Ebola Epidemic, Women, and Their Children

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Regan H. Marsh, Katherine E. Kralievits, Gretchen Williams, Mohamed G. Sheku, Kerry L. Dierberg, Kathryn Barron et al.
      Pages 31-51
    3. Indi Trehan, Peter Matthew George, Charles W. Callahan
      Pages 67-85
    4. Severine Caluwaerts, Patricia Kahn
      Pages 87-101
    5. Christine L. Godwin, Alexandria Buller, Margaret Bentley, Kavita Singh
      Pages 103-120
    6. Monica Adhiambo Onyango, Kirsten Resnick, Alexandra Davis, Rupal Ramesh Shah
      Pages 121-132
    7. Caroline Crystal, Laura A. Skrip, Tolbert Nyenswah, Hilary Flumo, Alison P. Galvani, David P. Durham et al.
      Pages 133-146
  3. Liberia

  4. Guinea

  5. Sierra Leone

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 293-293
    2. Michelle M. Dynes, Laura Miller, Tamba Sam, Mohamad Alex Vandi, Barbara Tomczyk, John T. Redd
      Pages 313-328
    3. Giovanni Putoto, Francesco Di Gennaro, Alessandro Bertoldo, GianLuca Quaglio, Damiano Pizzol
      Pages 383-397
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 469-487

About this book


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.


ebola virus disease (EVD) epidemic women's reproductive health pregnancy complications and risks West African women and children emergency response maternal morbidity and mortality childbirth and delivery developing countries obstetrics maternal health ebola treatment center emerging infections infant health infectious disease epidemiology gender violence global public health infant morbidity and mortality midwifery traditional and skilled birth attendants medical anthropology

Editors and affiliations

  • David A. Schwartz
    • 1
  • Julienne Ngoundoung Anoko
    • 2
  • Sharon A. Abramowitz
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Pathology, Medical College of GeorgiaAugusta UniversityAugustaUSA
  2. 2.University of Rene Descartes Paris V La SorbonneParisFrance
  3. 3.Department of AnthropologyRutgers UniversityNew BrunswickUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-97636-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-97637-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2522-8382
  • Series Online ISSN 2522-8390
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