Stillbirth prevention in Sub-Saharan Africa: publications and resources


Lavender T, Bedwell C, Kasengele CT, et al Respectful care an added extra: a grounded theory study exploring intrapartum experiences in Zambia and Tanzania BMJ Global Health 2021;6:e004725.

Laisser R, Danna VA, BonetM, Oladopo OT, Lavender T. An exploration of midwives’ views of the new World Health Organization labour care guide. African Journal of Midwiferyand Women’s Health. 2021.  

Ayebare, E., Lavender, T., Mweteise, J. et al. The impact of cultural beliefs and practices on parents’ experiences of bereavement following stillbirth: a qualitative study in Uganda and Kenya. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 21, 443 (2021).

Dube K, Smyth R, Heazell A, Lavender T. Views and experiences of pregnant women and their partners regarding reduced fetal movements: A narrative literature review from a low resource setting perspective.African Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health. 2021 Jun 28.

Dube, K., Lavender, T., Blaikie, K. et al. Identification of factors associated with stillbirth in Zimbabwe – a cross sectional study. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 21, 662 (2021).

Laisser R, Woods R, Bedwell C, Kasengele C, Nsemwa L, Kimaro D, Kuzenza F, Lyangenda K, Shayo H, Tuwele K, Wakasiaka S, Ringia P, Lavender T, The tipping point of antenatal engagement: A qualitative grounded theory in Tanzania and Zambia, Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare, Volume 31, 2022, 100673,

Mdoe P, Mills TA, Chasweka R, et al Lay and healthcare providers’ experiences to inform future of respectful maternal and newborn care in Tanzania and Malawi: an Appreciative Inquiry BMJ Open 2021;11:e046248.   


Mills TA, Wakasiaka S, Ayebare E, Actis Danna V, Lavender T, Bedwell C, Going viral – capacity strengthening in the context of pandemic(s), Best Practice & Research Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Volume 80,

2022, Pages 39-48, ISSN 1521-6934,

Mills TA, Ayebare E, Mweteise J, Nabisere A, Mukhwana R, Nendela A, Omoni G, Wakasiaka S, Lavender T, ‘There is trauma all round’: A qualitative study of health workers’ experiences of caring for parents after stillbirth in Kenya and Uganda, Women and Birth, 2022, ISSN 1871-5192,

Camacho, E.M., Smyth, R., Actis Danna, V.A. et al. Women’s preferences for antenatal care in Tanzania: a discrete choice experiment. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 22, 296 (2022).

Actis Danna V, Lavender T, Laisser R, Chimwaza A, Chisuse I, Kasengele C, Kimaro D, Kuzenza F, Lyangenda K, Mwamadi M, Shayo H, Tuwele K, Wakasiaka S, Bedwell C,

Exploring the impact of healthcare workers communication with women who have experienced stillbirth in Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia. A grounded theory study, Women and Birth, 2022, ISSN 1871-5192,

Actis Danna V, Bedwell C, Wakasiaka S, Lavender T. Utility of the three-delays model and its potential for supporting a solution-based approach to accessing intrapartum care in low- and middle-income countries. A qualitative evidence synthesis. Glob Health Action. 2020;13(1):1819052. doi:10.1080/16549716.2020.1819052

Bedwell C, Lavender T. Giving patients a voice: implementing patient and public involvement to strengthen research in sub-Saharan Africa. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2020;74(4):307-310. doi:10.1136/jech-2019-212525

Lavender, T., Bedwell, C., Blaikie, K. et al. Journey of vulnerability: a mixed-methods study to understand intrapartum transfers in Tanzania and Zambia. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 20, 292 (2020).

Vogel JP, Comrie-Thomson L, Pingray V, Gadama L, Galadanci H, Goudar S, Laisser R, Lavender T, Lissauer D, Misra S, Pujar Y, Qureshi ZP, Amole T, Berrueta M, Dankishiya F, Gwako G, Homer CSE, Jobanputra J, Meja S, Nigri C, Mohaptra V, Osoti A, Roberti J, Solomon D, Suleiman M, Robbers G, Sutherland S, Vernekar S, Althabe F, Bonet M, Oladapo OT. Usability, acceptability, and feasibility of the World Health Organization Labour Care Guide: A mixed-methods, multicountry evaluation. Birth. 2020 Nov 22. doi: 10.1111/birt.12511. Epub ahead of print. 

Mills TA, Ayebare E, Mukhwana R, Mweteise J, Nabisere A, Nendela A, Ndungu P, Okello M, Omoni G, Wakasiaka S, Wood R, Lavender T. Parents' experiences of care and support after stillbirth in rural and urban maternity facilities: a qualitative study in Kenya and Uganda. BJOG. 2021 Jan;128(1):101-109. doi: 10.1111/1471-0528.16413. Epub 2020 Aug 16. 

Bedwell C, Blaikie K, Actis Danna V, Sutton C, Laisser R, Tembo Kasengele C, Wakasiaka S, Victor S, Lavender T. Understanding the complexities of unexplained stillbirth in sub-Saharan Africa: a mixed-methods study. BJOG. 2020 Dec 15. doi: 10.1111/1471-0528.16629.