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  1. Research article

    Providing lipid-based nutrient supplement during pregnancy does not reduce the risk of maternal P falciparum parasitaemia and reproductive tract infections: a randomised controlled trial

    Maternal infections are associated with maternal and foetal adverse outcomes. Nutrient supplementation during pregnancy may reduce the occurrence of infections by improving maternal immunity. We aimed to inves...

    Minyanga Nkhoma, Per Ashorn, Ulla Ashorn, Kathryn G. Dewey, Austrida Gondwe, John Mbotwa, Stephen Rogerson, Steve M. Taylor and Kenneth Maleta

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:35

    Published on: 17 January 2017

  2. Research article

    Weighing as a stand-alone intervention does not reduce excessive gestational weight gain compared to routine antenatal care: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials

    Excessive gestational weight gain is associated with short and long-term adverse maternal and infant health outcomes, independent of pre-pregnancy body mass index. Weighing pregnant women as a stand-alone inte...

    Shanna M. Fealy, Rachael M. Taylor, Maralyn Foureur, John Attia, Lyn Ebert, Alessandra Bisquera and Alexis J. Hure

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:36

    Published on: 17 January 2017

  3. Research article

    Differences in spatial distributions of iron supplementation use among pregnant women and associated factors in Ethiopia: evidence from the 2011 national population based survey

    Iron supplementation during pregnancy prevents against low birth weight, incidence of prematurity and postpartum hemorrhage. However, the coverage of iron supplementation is still low in Ethiopia. This study a...

    Demewoz Haile, Lianna Tabar and Yihunie Lakew

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:33

    Published on: 14 January 2017

  4. Research article

    Assessment of quality of care among in-patients with postpartum haemorrhage and severe pre-eclampsia at st. Francis hospital nsambya: a criteria-based audit

    The maternal mortality ratio of Uganda is still high and the leading causes of maternal mortality are postpartum haemorrhage (PPH), severe pre-eclampsia and eclampsia. Criteria-based audit (CBA) is a way of im...

    Alfred Lumala, Peter Sekweyama, Andrew Abaasa, Humphrey Lwanga and Romano Byaruhanga

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:29

    Published on: 13 January 2017

  5. Research article

    Student midwives’ perceptions on the organisation of maternity care and alternative maternity care models in the Netherlands - a qualitative study

    A major change in the organisation of maternity care in the Netherlands is under consideration, going from an echelon system where midwives provide primary care in the community and refer to obstetricians for ...

    J. Catja Warmelink, T. Paul de Cock, Yvonne Combee, Marloes Rongen, Therese A. Wiegers and Eileen K. Hutton

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:24

    Published on: 11 January 2017

  6. Research article

    Validity of gestational age estimates by last menstrual period and neonatal examination compared to ultrasound in Vietnam

    Accurate estimation of gestational age is important for both clinical and public health purposes. Estimates of gestational age using fetal ultrasound measurements are considered most accurate but are frequentl...

    Nicholas P. Deputy, Phuong H. Nguyen, Hoa Pham, Son Nguyen, Lynnette Neufeld, Reynaldo Martorell and Usha Ramakrishnan

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:25

    Published on: 11 January 2017

  7. Research article

    Use of antidepressants during pregnancy in the Netherlands: observational study into postpartum interventions

    Psychiatric disorders and use of selective antidepressants during pregnancy can have negative effects on mother and infant postpartum. This study aimed to provide evidence-based recommendations on observation ...

    Noera Kieviet, Fokke de Jong, Fedde Scheele, Koert M. Dolman and Adriaan Honig

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:23

    Published on: 11 January 2017

  8. Research article

    Rates and trends in cesarean sections between 2008 and 2012 in Iraq

    The prevalence of cesarean sections is increasing globally; however, it can lead to significant increases in maternal and infant morbidity and mortality. This study aimed to determine the rates and trends of c...

    Nazar P. Shabila

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:22

    Published on: 11 January 2017

  9. Debate

    Geographic information system for improving maternal and newborn health: recommendations for policy and programs

    This correspondence argues and offers recommendations for how Geographic Information System (GIS) applied to maternal and newborn health data could potentially be used as part of the broader efforts for ending...

    Yordanos B. Molla, Barbara Rawlins, Prestige Tatenda Makanga, Marc Cunningham, Juan Eugenio Hernández Ávila, Corrine Warren Ruktanonchai, Kavita Singh, Sylvia Alford, Mira Thompson, Vikas Dwivedi, Allisyn C. Moran and Zoe Matthews

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:26

    Published on: 11 January 2017

  10. Research article

    Self-reported diabetes during pregnancy in the South African National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey: extent and social determinants

    Diabetes is a serious and growing public health concern in South Africa, but its prevalence and distribution in pregnant women is not well known. Women diagnosed with diabetes during pregnancy have a substanti...

    Lumbwe Chola, Chipo Mutyambizi, Ronel Sewpaul, Whadi-ah Parker, Zandile Mchiza, Demetre Labadarios and Charles Hongoro

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:20

    Published on: 10 January 2017

  11. Research article

    Subgroup identification of early preterm birth (ePTB): informing a future prospective enrichment clinical trial design

    Despite the widely recognized association between the severity of early preterm birth (ePTB) and its related severe diseases, little is known about the potential risk factors of ePTB and the sub-population wit...

    Chuanwu Zhang, Lili Garrard, John Keighley, Susan Carlson and Byron Gajewski

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:18

    Published on: 10 January 2017

  12. Research article

    Risk factors for severe postpartum hemorrhage: a case-control study

    In high-income countries, the incidence of severe postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) has increased. This has important public health relevance because severe PPH is a leading cause of major maternal morbidity. Howeve...

    Lill Trine Nyfløt, Irene Sandven, Babill Stray-Pedersen, Silje Pettersen, Iqbal Al-Zirqi, Margit Rosenberg, Anne Flem Jacobsen and Siri Vangen

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:17

    Published on: 10 January 2017

  13. Research article

    Are freestanding midwifery units a safe alternative to obstetric units for low-risk, primiparous childbirth? An analysis of effect differences by parity in a matched cohort study

    Intrapartum complications and the use of obstetric interventions are more common in primiparous childbirth than in multiparous childbirth, leading to concern about out of hospital birth for primiparous women. ...

    Louise Fischer Christensen and Charlotte Overgaard

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:14

    Published on: 9 January 2017

  14. Research article

    Perspectives, preferences and needs regarding early prediction of preeclampsia in Dutch pregnant women: a qualitative study

    To improve early risk-identification in pregnancy, research on prediction models for common pregnancy complications is ongoing. Therefore, it was the aim of this study to explore pregnant women’s perceptions, ...

    Neeltje M. T. H. Crombag, Marije Lamain-de Ruiter, Anneke Kwee, Peter C. J. I. Schielen, Jozien M. Bensing, Gerard H. A. Visser, Arie Franx and Maria P. H. Koster

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:12

    Published on: 7 January 2017

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