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  1. Research article

    Maternal care quality in near miss and maternal mortality in an academic public tertiary hospital in Yogyakarta, Indonesia: a retrospective cohort study

    Reducing maternal mortality remains a major challenge for health care systems worldwide. The factors related to maternal mortality were extensively researched, and maternal death clusters around labour, delive...

    Yuli Mawarti, Adi Utarini and Mohammad Hakimi

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:149

    Published on: 22 May 2017

  2. Research article

    Is quality of care a key predictor of perinatal health care utilization and patient satisfaction in Malawi?

    The Malawi government encourages early antenatal care, delivery in health facilities, and timely postnatal care. Efforts to sustain or increase current levels of perinatal service utilization may not achieve d...

    Andreea A. Creanga, Sara Gullo, Anne K. Sebert Kuhlmann, Thumbiko W. Msiska and Christine Galavotti

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:150

    Published on: 22 May 2017

  3. Study protocol

    Study protocol: evaluation of the probiotic Lactobacillus Fermentum CECT5716 for the prevention of mastitis in breastfeeding women: a randomised controlled trial

    Mastitis and accompanying pain have been associated with the cessation of breastfeeding. Mastitis is an inflammatory condition of the breast and may be a result of decreased immunity and a lowered resistance t...

    Diana M. Bond, Jonathan M. Morris and Natasha Nassar

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:148

    Published on: 19 May 2017

  4. 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

  5. Research article

    Prevention of postpartum haemorrhage by community-based auxiliary midwives in hard-to-reach areas of Myanmar: a qualitative inquiry into acceptability and feasibility of task shifting

    In Myanmar, postpartum haemorrhage is the leading cause of maternal mortality and contributes to around 30% of all maternal deaths. The World Health Organization recommends training and supporting auxiliary mi...

    Kyu Kyu Than, Yasmin Mohamed, Victoria Oliver, Theingi Myint, Thazin La, James G. Beeson and Stanley Luchters

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:146

    Published on: 17 May 2017

  6. 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

  7. Research article

    Use of Rapid Ascertainment Process for Institutional Deaths (RAPID) to identify pregnancy-related deaths in tertiary-care obstetric hospitals in three departments in Haiti

    Accurate assessment of maternal deaths is difficult in countries lacking standardized data sources for their review. As a first step to investigate suspected maternal deaths, WHO suggests surveillance of “preg...

    Andrew T. Boyd, Erin N. Hulland, Reynold Grand’Pierre, Floris Nesi, Patrice Honoré, Reginald Jean-Louis and Endang Handzel

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:145

    Published on: 16 May 2017

  8. Research article

    Institutional delivery service utilization and associated factors among women of reproductive age in the mobile pastoral community of the Liban District in Guji Zone, Oromia, Southern Ethiopia: a cross sectional study

    Globally, an estimated 289,000 maternal deaths occurred in 2013. Majority of these deaths occurred in sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia. Mobility of pastoralists is a well-recognized survival strategy in ar...

    Wako Golicha Wako and Dejene Hailu Kassa

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:144

    Published on: 15 May 2017

  9. Research article

    Ethnic differences in folic acid supplement use in a population-based cohort of pregnant women in Norway

    Peri-conceptional use of folic acid supplements is recommended to prevent neural tube defects. Correct supplement use seems to be less common among ethnic minorities. We examined ethnic differences in folic ac...

    Tarja I. Kinnunen, Line Sletner, Christine Sommer, Martine C. Post and Anne Karen Jenum

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:143

    Published on: 15 May 2017

  10. 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

  11. Research article

    Active delivery of the anterior arm and incidence of second-degree perineal tears: a clinical practice evaluation

    Evaluate the feasibility of active delivery of the anterior arm during spontaneous delivery. This maneuver could decrease incidence of second-degree perineal tears because it reduces fetal biacromial diameter.

    Nicolas Mottet, Marine Bonneaud, Astrid Eckman-Lacroix, Rajeev Ramanah and Didier Riethmuller

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:141

    Published on: 12 May 2017

  12. Research article

    Benefits of preparing for childbirth with mindfulness training: a randomized controlled trial with active comparison

    Childbirth fear is linked with lower labor pain tolerance and worse postpartum adjustment. Empirically validated childbirth preparation options are lacking for pregnant women facing this problem. Mindfulness a...

    Larissa G. Duncan, Michael A. Cohn, Maria T. Chao, Joseph G. Cook, Jane Riccobono and Nancy Bardacke

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:140

    Published on: 12 May 2017

  13. 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

  14. Research article

    Understanding coping strategies during pregnancy and the postpartum period: a qualitative study of women living with HIV in rural Uganda

    In sub-Saharan Africa, 58% of adults living with HIV are women. In Uganda, HIV prevalence is 8.3% for women compared to 6.1% for men. Access to antiretroviral therapy (ART) and prevention of mother to child tr...

    Scholastic Ashaba, Angela Kaida, Bridget Frances Burns, Kasey O’Neil, Emma Dunkley, Christina Psaros, Jasmine Kastner, Alexander C. Tsai, David R. Bangsberg and Lynn T. Matthews

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:138

    Published on: 8 May 2017

  15. Study protocol

    A description of the methods of the aspirin supplementation for pregnancy indicated risk reduction in nulliparas (ASPIRIN) study

    Preterm birth (PTB) remains the leading cause of neonatal mortality and long term disability throughout the world. Though complex in its origins, a growing body of evidence suggests that first trimester admini...

    Matthew K. Hoffman, Shivaprasad S. Goudar, Bhalachandra S. Kodkany, Norman Goco, Marion Koso-Thomas, Menachem Miodovnik, Elizabeth M. McClure, Dennis D. Wallace, Jennifer J. Hemingway-Foday, Antoinette Tshefu, Adrien Lokangaka, Carl L. Bose, Elwyn Chomba, Musaku Mwenechanya, Waldemar A. Carlo, Ana Garces…

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:135

    Published on: 3 May 2017

  16. Research article

    Risk factors for postpartum depression among Chinese women: path model analysis

    Postpartum depression causes harm to both mothers and infants. The purpose of this study was to find out several potential risk factors, and to identify the intrinsic interrelationships between factors and pos...

    Shiping Liu, Yan Yan, Xiao Gao, Shiting Xiang, Tingting Sha, Guangyu Zeng and Qiong He

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:133

    Published on: 2 May 2017

  17. Research article

    Evaluation of a quality improvement intervention for obstetric and neonatal care in selected public health facilities across six states of India

    While increase in the number of women delivering in health facilities has been rapid, the quality of obstetric and neonatal care continues to be poor in India, contributing to high maternal and neonatal mortal...

    Enisha Sarin, Subir K. Kole, Rachana Patel, Ankur Sooden, Sanchit Kharwal, Rashmi Singh, Mirwais Rahimzai and Nigel Livesley

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:134

    Published on: 2 May 2017

  18. 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

  19. Research article

    Comparison of rapid immunoassays for rupture of fetal membranes

    Rupture of membranes (ROM) before the onset of uterine contractions, particularly in pregnancies less than 37 weeks gestational age, is a common diagnostic problem in obstetrical practice. Timely detection of ...

    Irogue Igbinosa, Ferney A. Moore, Cheri Johnson and Jon E. Block

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:128

    Published on: 26 April 2017

  20. Research article

    Management of suspected primary Toxoplasma gondii infection in pregnant women in Norway: twenty years of experience of amniocentesis in a low-prevalence population

    Primary infection with Toxoplasma gondii during pregnancy may pose a threat to the fetus. Women infected prior to conception are unlikely to transmit the parasite to the fetus. If maternal serology indicates a po...

    Gry Findal, Anne Helbig, Guttorm Haugen, Pål A. Jenum and Babill Stray-Pedersen

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:127

    Published on: 26 April 2017

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