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  1. Research article

    Maternal characteristics and obstetrical complications impact neonatal outcomes in Indonesia: a prospective study

    We investigated associations between maternal characteristics, access to care, and obstetrical complications including near miss status on admission or during hospitalization on perinatal outcomes among Indone...

    Trisari Anggondowati, Ayman A. E. El-Mohandes, S. Nurul Qomariyah, Michele Kiely, Judith J. Ryon, Reginald F. Gipson, Benjamin Zinner, Anhari Achadi and Linda L. Wright

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:100

    Published on: 28 March 2017

  2. Research article

    A structural equation analysis on the relationship between maternal health services utilization and newborn health outcomes: a cross-sectional study in Eastern Uganda

    Neonatal and maternal health services have a bearing on neonatal mortality. Direct and indirect factors affecting neonatal health outcomes therefore require understanding to enable well-targeted interventions....

    Rornald Muhumuza Kananura, Robert Wamala, Elizabeth Ekirapa-Kiracho, Moses Tetui, Suzanne N. Kiwanuka, Peter Waiswa and Leonard K. Atuhaire

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:98

    Published on: 27 March 2017

  3. 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

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    Feasibility, acceptability and efficacy of a web-based computer-tailored physical activity intervention for pregnant women - the Fit4Two randomised controlled trial

    Physical activity (PA) during pregnancy is associated with a variety of health benefits including a reduced risk of pregnancy related conditions such as pre-eclampsia and pregnancy-induced hypertension and lea...

    Melanie Hayman, Peter Reaburn, Matthew Browne, Corneel Vandelanotte, Stephanie Alley and Camille E. Short

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:96

    Published on: 23 March 2017

  5. Research article

    A comparison of intrapartum interventions and adverse outcomes by parity in planned freestanding midwifery unit and alongside midwifery unit births: secondary analysis of ‘low risk’ births in the birthplace in England cohort

    For low risk women, there is good evidence that planned birth in a midwifery unit is associated with a reduced risk of maternal interventions compared with planned birth in an obstetric unit. Findings from the...

    Jennifer Hollowell, Yangmei Li, Kathryn Bunch and Peter Brocklehurst

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:95

    Published on: 21 March 2017

  6. Research article

    Facilitators and barriers to uptake and adherence to lifelong antiretroviral therapy among HIV infected pregnant women in Uganda: a qualitative study

    In 2012, Uganda started implementing lifelong antiretroviral therapy (ART) for prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) in line with the WHO 2012 guidelines. This study explored experiences of HIV in...

    Esther Buregyeya, Rose Naigino, Aggrey Mukose, Fred Makumbi, Godfrey Esiru, Jim Arinaitwe, Joshua Musinguzi and Rhoda K. Wanyenze

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:94

    Published on: 21 March 2017

  7. Research article

    Risk factors associated with adverse perinatal outcome in planned vaginal breech labors at term: a retrospective population-based case-control study

    Vaginal breech delivery is associated with adverse perinatal outcome. The aim of this study was to identify factors associated with adverse perinatal outcome in term breech pregnancies, and to provide clinicia...

    Georg Macharey, Mika Gissler, Veli-Matti Ulander, Leena Rahkonen, Mervi Väisänen-Tommiska, Mika Nuutila and Seppo Heinonen

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:93

    Published on: 20 March 2017

  8. Research article

    Assessing emergency obstetric and newborn care: can performance indicators capture health system weaknesses?

    Regular monitoring and assessment of performance indicators for emergency obstetric and newborn care can help to identify priorities to improve health services for women and newborns. The aim of this study was...

    Andrea Solnes Miltenburg, Richard Forget Kiritta, Thabea Benedicto Bishanga, Jos van Roosmalen and Jelle Stekelenburg

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:92

    Published on: 20 March 2017

  9. Research article

    Use of a patient decision aid for prenatal screening for Down syndrome: what do pregnant women say?

    Patient decision aids (PtDAs) help people make difficult, values-sensitive decisions. Prenatal screening for assessing the risk of genetic conditions in the fetus is one such decision and patient decision aids...

    Maria Esther Leiva Portocarrero, Anik M. C. Giguère, Johanie Lépine, Mirjam M. Garvelink, Hubert Robitaille, Agathe Delanoë, Isabelle Lévesque, Brenda J. Wilson, François Rousseau and France Légaré

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:90

    Published on: 20 March 2017

  10. Research article

    Enhanced recovery after elective caesarean: a rapid review of clinical protocols, and an umbrella review of systematic reviews

    The rate of elective Caesarean Section (CS) is rising in many countries. Many obstetric units in the UK have either introduced or are planning to introduce enhanced recovery (ER) as a means of reducing length ...

    Ellena Corso, Daniel Hind, Daniel Beever, Gordon Fuller, Matthew J. Wilson, Ian J. Wrench and Duncan Chambers

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:91

    Published on: 20 March 2017

  11. Research article

    Adaptation of non-technical skills behavioural markers for delivery room simulation

    Simulation in healthcare has proved to be a useful method in improving skills and increasing the safety of clinical operations. The debriefing session, after the simulated scenario, is the core of the simulati...

    Fabrizio Bracco, Michele Masini, Gabriele De Tonetti, Francesca Brogioni, Arianna Amidani, Sara Monichino, Alessandra Maltoni, Andrea Dato, Claudia Grattarola, Massimo Cordone, Giancarlo Torre, Claudio Launo, Carlo Chiorri and Danilo Celleno

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:89

    Published on: 17 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

    Research on the expression of integrin β3 and leukaemia inhibitory factor in the decidua of women with cesarean scar pregnancy

    Cesarean scar pregnancy (CSP) is a late serious complication of cesarean section. There has been an increase in the incidence of CSP worldwide in recent years. It’s a life-threatening condition because of the ...

    Zhi-Da Qian, Yue Weng, Chun-Fen Wang, Li-Li Huang and Xiao-Ming Zhu

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:84

    Published on: 11 March 2017

  14. Research article

    Case review of perinatal deaths at hospitals in Kigali, Rwanda: perinatal audit with application of a three-delays analysis

    Perinatal audit and the three-delays model are increasingly being employed to analyse barriers to perinatal health, at both community and facility level. Using these approaches, our aim was to assess factors t...

    Aimable Musafili, Lars-Åke Persson, Cyprien Baribwira, Jessica Påfs, Patrick Adam Mulindwa and Birgitta Essén

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:85

    Published on: 11 March 2017

  15. Research article

    Antepartum complications and perinatal mortality in rural Bangladesh

    Despite impressive improvements in maternal survival throughout the world, rates of antepartum complications remain high. These conditions also contribute to high rates of perinatal deaths, which include still...

    Rasheda Khanam, Saifuddin Ahmed, Andreea A. Creanga, Nazma Begum, Alain K. Koffi, Arif Mahmud, Heather Rosen and Abdullah H. Baqui

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:81

    Published on: 7 March 2017

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    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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    Option B+ for prevention of vertical HIV transmission has no influence on adverse birth outcomes in a cross-sectional cohort in Western Uganda

    While most Sub-Saharan African countries are now implementing the WHO-recommended Option B+ protocol for prevention of vertical HIV transmission, there is a lack of knowledge regarding the influence of Option ...

    Eva M. Rempis, Alexandra Schnack, Sarah Decker, Vera Braun, John Rubaihayo, Nazarius Mbona Tumwesigye, Priscilla Busingye, Gundel Harms and Stefanie Theuring

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:82

    Published on: 7 March 2017

  18. Research article

    Validation of serum progesterone <35nmol/L as a predictor of miscarriage among women with threatened miscarriage

    Our recent paper, based on a pilot cohort of 119 women, showed that serum progesterone <35 nmol/L was prognostic of spontaneous miscarriage by 16 weeks in women with threatened miscarriage in early pregnancy. ...

    Sze Min Lek, Chee Wai Ku, John C. Allen Jr, Rahul Malhotra, Nguan Soon Tan, Truls Østbye and Thiam Chye Tan

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:78

    Published on: 6 March 2017

  19. Research article

    A decade of progress providing safe abortion services in Ethiopia: results of national assessments in 2008 and 2014

    Ethiopia has one of the highest maternal mortality ratios in the world (420 per 100,000 live births in 2013), and unsafe abortion continues to be one of the major causes. To reduce deaths and disabilities from...

    Yohannes Dibaba, Sally Dijkerman, Tamara Fetters, Ann Moore, Hailemichael Gebreselassie, Yirgu Gebrehiwot and Janie Benson

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:76

    Published on: 4 March 2017

  20. Research article

    Impact of the roll out of comprehensive emergency obstetric care on institutional birth rate in rural Nepal

    Increasing institutional births rates and improving access to comprehensive emergency obstetric care are central strategies for reducing maternal and neonatal deaths globally. While some studies show women con...

    Sheela Maru, Alex Harsha Bangura, Pooja Mehta, Deepak Bista, Lynn Borgatta, Sami Pande, David Citrin, Sumesh Khanal, Amrit Banstola and Duncan Maru

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:77

    Published on: 4 March 2017

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