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  1. Research article

    Utilization of HIV testing services among pregnant mothers in low income primary care settings in northern Ethiopia: a cross sectional study

    HIV testing of women in child bearing age is an entry point for preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV (MTCT). This study aims to identify the proportion of women tested for HIV and to determine factor...

    Yihun Mulugeta Alemu, Fentie Ambaw and Annelies Wilder-Smith

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:199

    Published on: 24 June 2017

  2. Research article

    Evaluation of a low-cost, low-power syringe pump to deliver magnesium sulfate intravenously to pre-eclamptic women in a Malawian referral hospital

    Magnesium sulfate is an affordable and effective treatment for pre-eclampsia and eclampsia. In settings where infusion pumps are not available to regulate the flow rate of intravenous delivery, healthcare prov...

    Erica Skerrett, Edward Kommwa, Kelley Maynard, Alexa Juarez, Ronald Mataya, Rebecca Richards-Kortum and Z. Maria Oden

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:191

    Published on: 19 June 2017

  3. Research article

    Validating the WHO maternal near miss tool: comparing high- and low-resource settings

    WHO proposed the WHO Maternal Near Miss (MNM) tool, classifying women according to several (potentially) life-threatening conditions, to monitor and improve quality of obstetric care. The objective of this stu...

    Tom Witteveen, Hans Bezstarosti, Ilona de Koning, Ellen Nelissen, Kitty W. Bloemenkamp, Jos van Roosmalen and Thomas van den Akker

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:194

    Published on: 19 June 2017

  4. Research article

    Incidence, management and outcome of women requiring massive transfusion after childbirth in the Netherlands: secondary analysis of a nationwide cohort study between 2004 and 2006

    Postpartum hemorrhage remains the leading cause of maternal morbidity and mortality worldwide. Few population-based studies have examined the epidemiology of massive transfusion for postpartum hemorrhage. The ...

    Paul I. Ramler, Thomas van den Akker, Dacia D. C. A. Henriquez, Joost J. Zwart and Jos van Roosmalen

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:197

    Published on: 19 June 2017

  5. Research article

    The effect of an elective cesarean section on maternal request on peripartum anxiety and depression in women with childbirth fear: a systematic review

    Obstetricians are often reluctant to grant requests for an elective cesarean section (ECS) due to childbirth fear. To date, it is unknown if an ECS on request improves mental well-being in the mother in the pe...

    Renske M. Olieman, Femke Siemonsma, Margaux A. Bartens, Susan Garthus-Niegel, Fedde Scheele and Adriaan Honig

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:195

    Published on: 19 June 2017

  6. Research article

    An exploratory study of men’s companionship, perceptions and experiences during pregnancy and delivery in Uganda

    Globally, low involvement of men in maternal health care services remains a problem to health care providers and policy makers. Men’s support is essential for making women’s world better. There are increasing ...

    H. Lwanga, L. Atuyambe, H. Sempewo, A. Lumala and R. N. B. Byaruhanga

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:196

    Published on: 19 June 2017

  7. Research article

    Survey of maternal sleep practices in late pregnancy in a multi-ethnic sample in South Auckland, New Zealand

    The Auckland Stillbirth study demonstrated a two-fold increased risk of late stillbirth for women who did not go to sleep on their left side. Two further studies have confirmed an increased risk of late stillb...

    Robin S. Cronin, Carol Chelimo, Edwin A. Mitchell, Kara Okesene-Gafa, John M. D. Thompson, Rennae S. Taylor, B. Lynne Hutchison and Lesley M. E. McCowan

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:190

    Published on: 17 June 2017

  8. Research article

    The experiences of women with maternal near miss and their perception of quality of care in Kelantan, Malaysia: a qualitative study

    Maternal mortality has been the main way of ascertaining the outcome of maternal and obstetric care. However, maternal morbidities occur more frequently than maternal deaths; therefore, maternal near miss was ...

    Mohd Noor Norhayati, Nik Hussain Nik Hazlina, Ab Razak Asrenee and Zaharah Sulaiman

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:189

    Published on: 15 June 2017

  9. Case report

    A case of acute Sheehan’s syndrome and literature review: a rare but life-threatening complication of postpartum hemorrhage

    Sheehan’s syndrome occurs because of severe postpartum hemorrhage causing ischemic pituitary necrosis. Sheehan’s syndrome is a well-known condition that is generally diagnosed several years postpartum. However...

    Shinya Matsuzaki, Masayuki Endo, Yutaka Ueda, Kazuya Mimura, Aiko Kakigano, Tomomi Egawa-Takata, Keiichi Kumasawa, Kiyoshi Yoshino and Tadashi Kimura

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:188

    Published on: 14 June 2017

  10. Technical advance

    A novel tamponade agent for management of post partum hemorrhage: adaptation of the Xstat mini-sponge applicator for obstetric use

    Although uterine tamponade is an effective treatment for postpartum hemorrhage (PPH), current methods have key limitations in their use, particularly in low resource settings. The XStat™ Mini Sponge Dressing (...

    Maria I. Rodriguez, Jeffrey T. Jensen, Kenton Gregory, Mary Bullard, Paul Longo, Jerry Heidel and Alison Edelman

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:187

    Published on: 13 June 2017

  11. Research article

    On predicting time to completion for the first stage of spontaneous labor at term in multiparous women

    Labor that progresses faster than anticipated may lead to unplanned out-of-hospital births. With the aim to improve planning of transportation to birthing institutions, this study investigated predictors of ti...

    Björn Gunnarsson, Eirik Skogvoll, Ingibjörg Hanna Jónsdóttir, Jo Røislien and Alexander Kr Smárason

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:183

    Published on: 12 June 2017

  12. 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

  13. Research article

    Non-malarial infectious diseases of antenatal care in pregnant women in Franceville, Gabon

    In sub-tropical countries, infectious diseases remain one of the main causes of mortality. Because of their lack of active immunity, pregnant women and their unborn children represent the most susceptible peop...

    Irene Pegha Moukandja, Edgard Brice Ngoungou, Guy Joseph Lemamy, Ulrick Bisvigou, Antoine Gessain, Fousseyni S. Toure Ndouo, Mirdad Kazanji and Jean Bernard Lekana-Douki

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:185

    Published on: 12 June 2017

  14. Research article

    Associations between perceptions of care and women’s childbirth experience: a population-based cross-sectional study in Rwanda

    In recent years Rwanda has achieved remarkable improvement in quality of maternity care services but there is evidence of deficiencies in care quality in terms of disrespectful care. Women’s overall childbirth...

    Judith U. Mukamurigo, Marie Berg, Joseph Ntaganira, Laetitia Nyirazinyoye and Anna Dencker

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:181

    Published on: 9 June 2017

  15. Research article

    Omega-3 supplementation from pregnancy to postpartum to prevent depressive symptoms: a randomized placebo-controlled trial

    Low n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) has been linked to depression, but the preventive effect of n-3PUFAs supplementation on maternal depression needs further investigation. We aimed to evaluate the eff...

    Juliana dos Santos Vaz, Dayana Rodrigues Farias, Amanda Rodrigues Amorim Adegboye, Antonio Egidio Nardi and Gilberto Kac

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:180

    Published on: 9 June 2017

  16. Research article

    Functionality and acceptability of a wireless fetal heart rate monitoring device in term pregnant women in rural Southwestern Uganda

    Over 3 million stillbirths occur annually in sub Saharan Africa; most occur intrapartum and are largely preventable. The standard of care for fetal heart rate (FHR) assessment in most sub-Saharan African setti...

    Godfrey R Mugyenyi, Esther C Atukunda, Joseph Ngonzi, Adeline Boatin, Blair J. Wylie and Jessica E. Haberer

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:178

    Published on: 8 June 2017

  17. Research article

    Evaluation of obstetricians’ surgical decision making in the management of uterine rupture

    Uterine rupture is an obstetric calamity with surgery as its management mainstay. Uterine repair without tubal ligation leaves a uterus that is more prone to repeat rupture while uterine repair with bilateral ...

    Justus Ndulue Eze, Okechukwu Bonaventure Anozie, Osaheni Lucky Lawani, Emmanuel Okechukwu Ndukwe, Uzoma Maryrose Agwu and Johnson Akuma Obuna

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:179

    Published on: 8 June 2017

  18. Research article

    The magnitude and correlates of Parvovirus B19 infection among pregnant women attending antenatal clinics in Mwanza, Tanzania

    Human parvovirus B19 (B19) infection has been associated with congenital infection which may result into a number of the adverse pregnancy outcomes. The epidemiology and the magnitude of B19 infections among p...

    Mariam M. Mirambo, Fatma Maliki, Mtebe Majigo, Martha F. Mushi, Nyambura Moremi, Jeremiah Seni, Dismas Matovelo and Stephen E. Mshana

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:176

    Published on: 7 June 2017

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