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  1. Research article

    Factors influencing utilisation of maternal health services by adolescent mothers in Low-and middle-income countries: a systematic review

    Adolescent mothers aged 15–19 years are known to have greater risks of maternal morbidity and mortality compared with women aged 20–24 years, mostly due to their unique biological, sociological and economic st...

    Oluwasola Eniola Banke-Thomas, Aduragbemi Oluwabusayo Banke-Thomas and Charles Anawo Ameh

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:65

    Published on: 16 February 2017

  2. Research article

    A narrative synthesis of factors that affect women speaking up about early warning signs and symptoms of pre-eclampsia and responses of healthcare staff

    One of the challenges for treating pre-eclampsia and preventing further deterioration is determining how best to enable early detection. If women or their partners and families are able to raise early warnings...

    Wendy Carter, Debra Bick, Nicola Mackintosh and Jane Sandall

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:63

    Published on: 13 February 2017

  3. Research article

    Afghan migrants face more suboptimal care than natives: a maternal near-miss audit study at university hospitals in Tehran, Iran

    Women from low-income settings have higher risk of maternal near miss (MNM) and suboptimal care than natives in high-income countries. Iran is the second largest host country for Afghan refugees in the world. ...

    Soheila Mohammadi, Soraya Saleh Gargari, Masoumeh Fallahian, Carina Källestål, Shirin Ziaei and Birgitta Essén

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:64

    Published on: 13 February 2017

  4. Study protocol

    Assessment of DHA on reducing early preterm birth: the ADORE randomized controlled trial protocol

    Preterm birth contributes to 0.5 million deliveries in the United States (one of eight pregnancies) and poses a huge burden on public health with costs in the billions. Of particular concern is that the rate o...

    Susan E. Carlson, Byron J. Gajewski, Christina J. Valentine, Lynette K. Rogers, Carl P. Weiner, Emily A. DeFranco and Catalin S. Buhimschi

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:62

    Published on: 13 February 2017

  5. Erratum

    Erratum to: Maternal intake of seafood and supplementary long chain n-3 poly-unsaturated fatty acids and preterm delivery

    Anne Lise Brantsæter, Linda Englund-Ögge, Margareta Haugen, Bryndis Eva Birgisdottir, Helle Katrine Knutsen, Verena Sengpiel, Ronny Myhre, Jan Alexander, Roy M. Nilsen, Bo Jacobsson and Helle Margrete Meltzer

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:61

    Published on: 10 February 2017

    The original article was published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:41

  6. Research article

    Accuracy of clinical fetal weight estimation by Midwives

    Clinical fetal weight estimation is a common practice in obstetrics. This study aims to evaluate the accuracy of fetal weight estimation by midwives, and to identify factors that may lead to overestimation or ...

    Assaad Kesrouani, Chady Atallah, Ramzi AbouJaoude, Norma Assaf, Hanaa Khaled and Elie Attieh

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:59

    Published on: 8 February 2017

  7. Research article

    Pregnancy termination for fetal abnormality: are health professionals’ perceptions of women’s coping congruent with women’s accounts?

    Pregnancy termination for fetal abnormality (TFA) may have profound psychological consequences for those involved. Evidence suggests that women’s experience of care influences their psychological adjustment to...

    Caroline Lafarge, Kathryn Mitchell, Andrew C. G. Breeze and Pauline Fox

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:60

    Published on: 8 February 2017

  8. Research article

    Effects of an antenatal mindfulness-based childbirth and parenting programme on the postpartum experiences of mothers: a qualitative interview study

    Applications of mindfulness during the perinatal period have recently been explored and appear to offer a decrease in stress, anxiety and depression during this period. However, it still remains unclear what p...

    Françoise Roy Malis, Thorsten Meyer and Mechthild M. Gross

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:57

    Published on: 7 February 2017

  9. Research article

    Caesarean deliveries in China

    The caesarean section rate has risen rapidly in China. The purpose of this retrospective study was to estimate caesarean section rates and indications by hospital facility level in Mainland China to investigat...

    Xin Wang, Susan Hellerstein, Lei Hou, Liying Zou, Yan Ruan and Weiyuan Zhang

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:54

    Published on: 6 February 2017

  10. Research article

    Unpredictability dictates quality of maternal and newborn care provision in rural Tanzania-A qualitative study of health workers’ perspectives

    Health workers are the key to realising the potential of improved quality of care for mothers and newborns in the weak health systems of Sub Saharan Africa. Their perspectives are fundamental to understand the...

    Ulrika Baker, Farida Hassan, Claudia Hanson, Fatuma Manzi, Tanya Marchant, Stefan Swartling Peterson and Ingrid Hylander

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:55

    Published on: 6 February 2017

  11. Research article

    Morbidity and mortality among very preterm singletons following fertility treatment in Australia and New Zealand, a population cohort study

    Due to high rates of multiple birth and preterm birth following fertility treatment, the rates of mortality and morbidity among births following fertility treatment were higher than those conceived spontaneous...

    Alex Y Wang, Abrar A. Chughtai, Kei Lui and Elizabeth A. Sullivan

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:50

    Published on: 2 February 2017

  12. Research article

    Quality and uptake of antenatal and postnatal care in Haiti

    Despite improvement, maternal mortality in Haiti remains high at 359/100,000 live births. Improving access to high quality antenatal and postnatal care has been shown to reduce maternal mortality and improve n...

    Kelsey R. Mirkovic, Eva Lathrop, Erin N. Hulland, Reginald Jean-Louis, Daniel Lauture, Ghislaine Desinor D’Alexis, Endang Hanzel and Reynold Grand-Pierre

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:52

    Published on: 2 February 2017

  13. Research article

    Decreased neonatal pain response after vaginal-operative delivery with Kiwi OmniCup versus metal ventouse

    Vaginal delivery, especially operative assisted vaginal delivery, seems to be a major stressor for the neonate. The objective of this study was to evaluate the stress response after metal cup versus Kiwi Omnic...

    E. A. Huhn, E. Visca, D. R. Vogt, S. von Felten, E. M. Tinner Oehler, C. Bührer, D. Surbek, R. Zimmermann and I. Hoesli

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:47

    Published on: 31 January 2017

  14. Study protocol

    The effectiveness of introducing Group Prenatal Care (GPC) in selected health facilities in a district of Bangladesh: study protocol

    Despite high rates of antenatal care and relatively good access to health facilities, maternal and neonatal mortality remain high in Bangladesh. There is an immediate need for implementation of evidence-based,...

    Marufa Sultana, Rashidul Alam Mahumud, Nausad Ali, Sayem Ahmed, Ziaul Islam, Jahangir A. M. Khan and Abdur Razzaque Sarker

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:48

    Published on: 31 January 2017

  15. Study protocol

    The use of the mHealth program Smarter Pregnancy in preconception care: rationale, study design and data collection of a randomized controlled trial

    Unhealthy nutrition and lifestyle contribute to the worldwide rising prevalence of non-communicable diseases. This also accounts for the reproductive population, in which unhealthy behavior affects fertility a...

    Matthijs R. van Dijk, Elsje C. Oostingh, Maria P. H. Koster, Sten P. Willemsen, Joop S. E. Laven and Régine P. M. Steegers-Theunissen

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:46

    Published on: 26 January 2017

  16. Research article

    Fathers’ views and experiences of their own mental health during pregnancy and the first postnatal year: a qualitative interview study of men participating in the UK Born and Bred in Yorkshire (BaBY) cohort

    The prevalence of fathers’ depression and anxiety in the perinatal period (i.e. from conception to 1 year after birth) is approximately 5–10%, and 5–15%, respectively; their children face increased risk of adv...

    Z. Darwin, P. Galdas, S. Hinchliff, E. Littlewood, D. McMillan, L. McGowan and S. Gilbody

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:45

    Published on: 26 January 2017

  17. Research article

    Unplanned pregnancy and subsequent psychological distress in partnered women: a cross-sectional study of the role of relationship quality and wider social support

    Research into the impact of unintended pregnancy on the wellbeing of women tends to focus on pregnancies ending in either termination or lone motherhood. Unintended pregnancy is common in partnered women, but ...

    Katherine Barton, Maggie Redshaw, Maria A. Quigley and Claire Carson

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:44

    Published on: 26 January 2017

  18. Study protocol

    EVERREST prospective study: a 6-year prospective study to define the clinical and biological characteristics of pregnancies affected by severe early onset fetal growth restriction

    Fetal growth restriction (FGR) is a serious obstetric condition for which there is currently no treatment. The EVERREST Prospective Study has been designed to characterise the natural history of pregnancies af...

    Rebecca Spencer, Gareth Ambler, Jana Brodszki, Anke Diemert, Francesc Figueras, Eduard Gratacós, Stefan R. Hansson, Kurt Hecher, Angela Huertas-Ceballos, Neil Marlow, Karel Marsál, Eva Morsing, Donald Peebles, Carlo Rossi, Neil J. Sebire, John F. Timms…

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:43

    Published on: 23 January 2017

  19. Research article

    Rapid reduction of maternal mortality in Uganda and Zambia through the saving mothers, giving life initiative: results of year 1 evaluation

    Achieving maternal mortality reduction as a development goal remains a major challenge in most low-resource countries. Saving Mothers, Giving Life (SMGL) is a multi-partner initiative designed to reduce matern...

    Florina Serbanescu, Howard I. Goldberg, Isabella Danel, Tadesse Wuhib, Lawrence Marum, Walter Obiero, James McAuley, Jane Aceng, Ewlyn Chomba, Paul W. Stupp and Claudia Morrissey Conlon

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:42

    Published on: 19 January 2017

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