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  1. Research article

    Traditional Birth Attendant reorientation and Motherpacks incentive’s effect on health facility delivery uptake in Narok County, Kenya: An impact analysis

    A community health programme in Narok County in Kenya aimed to improve skilled birth assistance during childbirth through two demand side interventions. First, traditional birth attendants (TBAs) were co-opted...

    John Emmanuel Kitui, Vaughan Dutton, Dirk Bester, Rachel Ndirangu, Susan Wangai and Stephen Ngugi

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:125

    Published on: 21 April 2017

  2. Study protocol

    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

  3. 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

  4. Study protocol

    The Pregnancy Environment and Lifestyle Study (PETALS): a population-based longitudinal multi-racial birth cohort

    Increasing recognition has been received regarding the proven and suggested links between multi-level environmental exposures on a broad scale (e.g., chemical, clinical, behavioral, physical and social) and he...

    Yeyi Zhu, Monique M. Hedderson, Juanran Feng, Ashley A. Mevi and Assiamira Ferrara

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:122

    Published on: 17 April 2017

  5. Research article

    Birth by caesarean section and school performance in Swedish adolescents- a population-based study

    Our objective was to assess the impact of obstetric mode of delivery, and in particular birth by Caesarean section (CS), on school performance in adolescents using a large, population-based cohort.

    Eileen A. Curran, Louise C. Kenny, Christina Dalman, Patricia M. Kearney, John F. Cryan, Timothy G. Dinan and Ali S Khashan

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:121

    Published on: 17 April 2017

  6. Research article

    Case-crossover study to examine the change in postpartum risk of pulmonary embolism over time

    Although the current guidelines recommend anticoagulation up until 6 weeks after delivery in women at high risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE), the risk of VTE may extend beyond 6 weeks. Our objective was to ...

    Grégoire Ficheur, Alexandre Caron, Jean-Baptiste Beuscart, Laurie Ferret, Yu-Jin Jung, Charles Garabedian, Régis Beuscart and Emmanuel Chazard

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:119

    Published on: 14 April 2017

  7. Research article

    Knowledge and attitude regarding pharmacogenetics among formerly pregnant women in the Netherlands and their interest in pharmacogenetic research

    Pharmacogenetics is an emerging field currently being implemented to improve safety when prescribing drugs. While many women who take drugs during pregnancy would likely benefit from such personalized drug the...

    Aizati N. A. Daud, Eefke L. Bergsma, Jorieke E. H. Bergman, Hermien E. K. De Walle, Wilhelmina S. Kerstjens-Frederikse, Bert J. Bijker, Eelko Hak and Bob Wilffert

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:120

    Published on: 14 April 2017

  8. Study protocol

    Centering and Racial Disparities (CRADLE study): rationale and design of a randomized controlled trial of centeringpregnancy and birth outcomes

    In the United States, preterm birth (PTB) before 37 weeks gestational age occurs at an unacceptably high rate, and large racial disparities persist. To date, medical and public health interventions have achiev...

    Liwei Chen, Amy H. Crockett, Sarah Covington-Kolb, Emily Heberlein, Lu Zhang and Xiaoqian Sun

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:118

    Published on: 13 April 2017

  9. Research article

    Substantial out-of-pocket expenditure on maternity care practitioner consultations and treatments during pregnancy: estimates from a nationally-representative sample of pregnant women in Australia

    A wide range of health care options are utilised by pregnant women in Australia. The out-of-pocket costs of maternity care in Australia vary depending on many factors including model of care utilised, health i...

    Jon Adams, Amie Steel, Jane Frawley, Alex Broom and David Sibbritt

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:114

    Published on: 12 April 2017

  10. Research article

    Beliefs and practices during pregnancy, post-partum and in the first days of an infant’s life in rural Cambodia

    The aim of this study was to record the beliefs, practices during pregnancy, post-partum and in the first few days of an infant’s life, held by a cross section of the community in rural Cambodia to determine b...

    Claudia Turner, Sreymom Pol, Kamsan Suon, Leakhena Neou, Nicholas P. J. Day, Michael Parker and Patricia Kingori

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:116

    Published on: 12 April 2017

  11. Research article

    Using a quality improvement model to enhance providers’ performance in maternal and newborn health care: a post-only intervention and comparison design

    The Standards Based Management and Recognition (SBM-R©) approach to quality improvement has been implemented in Ethiopia to strengthen routine maternal and newborn health (MNH) services. This evaluation assessed ...

    Firew Ayalew, Gizachew Eyassu, Negash Seyoum, Jos van Roosmalen, Eva Bazant, Young Mi Kim, Alemnesh Tekleberhan, Hannah Gibson, Ephrem Daniel and Jelle Stekelenburg

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:115

    Published on: 12 April 2017

  12. Research article

    Impact of maternal respiratory infections on low birth weight - a community based longitudinal study in an urban setting in Pakistan

    The health of mothers and their newborns is intricately related. The weight of the infant at birth is a powerful predictor of infant growth and survival, and is considered to be partly dependent on maternal he...

    Asad Ali, Umber Zaman, Sadia Mahmud, Gul-e-Shehwar Zahid, Momin Kazi, William A. Petri, Zulfiqar Bhutta, Anita Zaidi and Molly A. Hughes

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:111

    Published on: 11 April 2017

  13. Research article

    Building a research registry for studying birth complications and outcomes in six Palestinian governmental hospitals

    Electronic-health (e-health) provides opportunities for quality improvement of healthcare, but implementation in low and middle income countries is still limited. Our aim was to describe the implementation of ...

    Sahar Hassan, Ase Vikanes, Katariina Laine, Khaled Zimmo, Mohammad Zimmo, Espen Bjertness and Erik Fosse

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:112

    Published on: 11 April 2017

  14. Research article

    Factors associated with recovery from 1 minute Apgar score <4 in live, singleton, term births: an analysis of Malaysian National Obstetrics Registry data 2010–2012

    The neonatal Apgar score at 5 min has been found to be a better predictor of outcomes than the Apgar score at 1 min. A baby, however, must pass through the first minute of life to reach the fifth. There has be...

    Ravichandran Jeganathan, Shamala D. Karalasingam, Julia Hussein, Pascale Allotey and Daniel D. Reidpath

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:110

    Published on: 8 April 2017

  15. Research article

    High sero-prevalence of hepatitis B virus and human immunodeficiency virus infections among pregnant women attending antenatal clinic at Temeke municipal health facilities, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania: a cross sectional study

    Hepatitis B virus (HBV) and Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in pregnancy is associated with direct effect of pregnancy and potential viral transmission from mother to newborn. In Tanzania very lit...

    Joel Manyahi, Yohannes Msigwa, Francis Mhimbira and Mtebe Majigo

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:109

    Published on: 7 April 2017

  16. Case report

    An abdominal ectopic pregnancy following a frozen-thawed ART cycle: a case report and review of the literature

    Ectopic pregnancy (EP) occurs in 1% of pregnancies and is reported to be more common in in vitro fertilization/intracytoplasmic sperm injection (IVF/ICSI) pregnancies. An abdominal ectopic pregnancy (AEP) is a...

    Atsushi Yanaihara, Shirei Ohgi, Kenichirou Motomura, Yuko Hagiwara, Tae Mogami, Keisuke Saito and Takumi Yanaihara

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:108

    Published on: 7 April 2017

  17. Research article

    Maternal 27-hydroxycholesterol concentrations during the course of pregnancy and in pregnancy pathologies

    The oxysterol 27-hydroxycholesterol (27-OHC) plays an important role in the regulation of cholesterol homeostasis. Pregnancy pathologies like preeclampsia (PE), HELLP-syndrome (HELLP), intrauterine growth rest...

    Brigitte Sophia Winkler, Ulrich Pecks, Laila Najjari, Nicola Kleine-Eggebrecht, Nicolai Maass, Markus Mohaupt and Geneviève Escher

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:106

    Published on: 4 April 2017

  18. Research article

    Relationships between parental sleep quality, fatigue, cognitions about infant sleep, and parental depression pre and post-intervention for infant behavioral sleep problems

    Maternal and paternal depression has been associated with infants’ behavioral sleep problems. Behavioral sleep interventions, which alter parental cognitions about infant sleep, have improved infant sleep prob...

    Wendy A. Hall, Melissa Moynihan, Radhika Bhagat and Joanne Wooldridge

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:104

    Published on: 4 April 2017

  19. Research article

    Changes in fruit and vegetable consumption habits from pre-pregnancy to early pregnancy among Norwegian women

    A healthy diet is important for pregnancy outcome and the current and future health of woman and child. The aims of the study were to explore the changes from pre-pregnancy to early pregnancy in consumption of...

    Marianne Skreden, Elling Bere, Linda R. Sagedal, Ingvild Vistad and Nina C. Øverby

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:107

    Published on: 4 April 2017

  20. 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

  21. Research article

    Midwife-led maternity care in Ireland – a retrospective cohort study

    Midwife-led maternity care is shown to be safe for women with low-risk during pregnancy. In Ireland, two midwife-led units (MLUs) were introduced in 2004 when a randomised controlled trial (the MidU study) was...

    Anna Dencker, Valerie Smith, Colette McCann and Cecily Begley

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:101

    Published on: 28 March 2017

  22. Research article

    Manifestations and drivers of mistreatment of women during childbirth in Kenya: implications for measurement and developing interventions

    Disrespect and abuse or mistreatment of women by health care providers in maternity settings has been identified as a key deterrent to women seeking delivery care. Mistreatment includes physical and verbal abu...

    Charlotte E. Warren, Rebecca Njue, Charity Ndwiga and Timothy Abuya

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:102

    Published on: 28 March 2017

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