Maternity care and sociological aspects of pregnancy and childbirth

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  1. Research article

    Through the client’s eyes: using narratives to explore experiences of care transfers during pregnancy, childbirth, and the neonatal period

    The client experience is an important outcome in the evaluation and development of perinatal healthcare. But because clients meet different professionals, measuring such experiences poses a challenge. This is ...

    Cherelle M.V. van Stenus, Mark Gotink, Magda M. Boere-Boonekamp, Anneke Sools and Ariana Need

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:182

    Published on: 12 June 2017

  2. Research article

    ‘It is a difficult topic’ – a qualitative study of midwives´ experiences with routine antenatal enquiry for intimate partner violence

    Intimate partner violence (IPV) during pregnancy may jeopardize maternal and fetal health (IJFWM 49:159-164, 2004; IJGO 133:269-276, 2016). In recognition of the significant public health impact of IPV, the No...

    L. Henriksen, L.M Garnweidner-Holme, K.K Thorsteinsen and M. Lukasse

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:165

    Published on: 2 June 2017

  3. Study protocol

    Expect With Me: development and evaluation design for an innovative model of group prenatal care to improve perinatal outcomes

    Despite biomedical advances and intervention efforts, rates of preterm birth and other adverse outcomes in the United States have remained relatively intransigent. Evidence suggests that group prenatal care ca...

    Shayna D. Cunningham, Jessica B. Lewis, Jordan L. Thomas, Stephanie A. Grilo and Jeannette R. Ickovics

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:147

    Published on: 18 May 2017

  4. Research article

    Association between maternal social deprivation and prenatal care utilization: the PreCARE cohort study

    Maternal social deprivation is associated with an increased risk of adverse maternal and perinatal outcomes. Inadequate prenatal care utilization (PCU) is likely to be an important intermediate factor. The hea...

    Clémentine Gonthier, Candice Estellat, Catherine Deneux-Tharaux, Béatrice Blondel, Toni Alfaiate, Thomas Schmitz, Jean-François Oury, Laurent Mandelbrot, Dominique Luton, Philippe Ravaud and Elie Azria

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:126

    Published on: 16 May 2017

  5. Research article

    Determinants of poor utilization of antenatal care services among recently delivered women in Rwanda; a population based study

    In Rwanda, a majority of pregnant women visit antenatal care (ANC) services, however not to the extent that is recommended. Association between socio-demographic or psychosocial factors and poor utilization of...

    Akashi Andrew Rurangirwa, Ingrid Mogren, Laetitia Nyirazinyoye, Joseph Ntaganira and Gunilla Krantz

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:142

    Published on: 15 May 2017

  6. Research article

    Barriers and facilitators related to the uptake of four strategies to prevent neonatal early-onset group B haemolytic streptococcus disease: a qualitative study

    Actions to prevent early onset disease in neonates are based on different strategies including administering antibiotic prophylaxis during labour in case of 1) maternal GBS colonisation (screening strategy), 2...

    Diny G. E. Kolkman, Margot A. H. Fleuren, Maurice G. A. J. Wouters, Christianne J. M. de Groot and Marlies E. B. Rijnders

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:139

    Published on: 9 May 2017

  7. Research article

    Development and evaluation of training resources to prepare health professionals for counselling pregnant women about non-invasive prenatal testing for Down syndrome: a mixed methods study

    The availability of non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) for aneuploidies is expanding rapidly throughout the world. Training health professionals to offer NIPT in a way that supports informed choice is essent...

    Kerry Oxenford, Rebecca Daley, Celine Lewis, Melissa Hill and Lyn S. Chitty

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:132

    Published on: 27 April 2017

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    Protocol for evaluation of the continuum of primary care in the case of a miscarriage in the emergency room: a mixed-method study

    In Quebec (Canada), nearly 20,000 pregnancies end in miscarriage, and the majority of the miscarriages are dealt with in an emergency unit. Although there are studies documenting the effects of this type of gr...

    Francine de Montigny, Chantal Verdon, Diane Dubeau, Annie Devault, Martin St-André, Éric Tchouaket Nguemeleu and Carl Lacharité

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:124

    Published on: 20 April 2017

  9. Research article

    Talking about intimate partner violence in multi-cultural antenatal care: a qualitative study of pregnant women’s advice for better communication in South-East Norway

    Intimate partner violence (IPV) against women constitutes a major public health problem. Antenatal care is considered a window of opportunity to disclose and to communicate about IPV. However, little is known ...

    Lisa Maria Garnweidner-Holme, Mirjam Lukasse, Miriam Solheim and Lena Henriksen

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:123

    Published on: 19 April 2017

  10. Research article

    What influences birth place preferences, choices and decision-making amongst healthy women with straightforward pregnancies in the UK? A qualitative evidence synthesis using a ‘best fit’ framework approach

    English maternity care policy has supported offering women choice of birth setting for over twenty years, but only 13% of women in England currently give birth in settings other than obstetric units (OUs). It ...

    Kirstie Coxon, Alison Chisholm, Reem Malouf, Rachel Rowe and Jennifer Hollowell

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:103

    Published on: 31 March 2017

  11. Research article

    Women’s perceptions of discussions about gestational weight gain with health care providers during pregnancy and postpartum: a qualitative study

    Maternal body weight is an indicator of the health of a mother and her developing fetus. Risks of poor maternal and fetal health issues increase when women gain too little or too much weight during pregnancy. ...

    Hara Nikolopoulos, Maria Mayan, Jessica MacIsaac, Terri Miller and Rhonda C. Bell

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:97

    Published on: 24 March 2017

  12. Research article

    Healthcare workers’ behaviors and personal determinants associated with providing adequate sexual and reproductive healthcare services in sub-Saharan Africa: a systematic review

    Healthcare workers may affect the utilization of sexual and reproductive healthcare (SRH) services, and quality of care thereof, for example by their behaviours or attitudes they hold. This can become a hindra...

    Kim Jonas, Rik Crutzen, Bart van den Borne and Priscilla Reddy

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:86

    Published on: 13 March 2017

  13. Research article

    Economic evaluation of a behavioral intervention versus brief advice for substance use treatment in pregnant women: results from a randomized controlled trial

    Substance use in pregnancy is associated with severe maternal and fetal morbidities and substantial economic costs. However, few studies have evaluated the cost-effectiveness of substance use treatment program...

    Xiao Xu, Kimberly A. Yonkers and Jennifer Prah Ruger

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:83

    Published on: 7 March 2017

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