Maternity care and sociological aspects of pregnancy and childbirth

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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. Research article

    Family-centred interventions by primary healthcare services for Indigenous early childhood wellbeing in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States: a systematic scoping review

    Primary healthcare services in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States have embraced the concept of family-centred care as a promising approach to supporting and caring for the health of young Ind...

    Janya McCalman, Marion Heyeres, Sandra Campbell, Roxanne Bainbridge, Catherine Chamberlain, Natalie Strobel and Alan Ruben

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:71

    Published on: 21 February 2017

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. Research article

    Do experiences with pregnancy, birth and postnatal care in Norway vary by the women’s geographic origin? a comparison of cross-sectional survey results

    A national survey was conducted to measure and benchmark women’s experiences with pregnancy, birth and postnatal care in Norway. The purpose of this secondary analysis is to explore potential variation in thes...

    Ingeborg S. Sjetne and Hilde H. Iversen

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:37

    Published on: 18 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

    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

  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

    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

  13. Research article

    “Not just a normal mum”: a qualitative investigation of a support service for women who are pregnant subsequent to perinatal loss

    Following previous perinatal loss, women in a subsequent pregnancy may experience heightened emotions, such as anxiety and fear, with a range of longer-term implications. To support these women, the Mater Moth...

    Pamela Meredith, Trish Wilson, Grace Branjerdporn, Jenny Strong and Laura Desha

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:6

    Published on: 5 January 2017

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