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  1. Research article

    Associations of physical activity and sedentary behavior during pregnancy with gestational diabetes mellitus among Asian women in Singapore

    Few studies have investigated physical activity (PA) and sedentary behavior (SB) in relation to fasting (FG) and 2-h postprandial plasma glucose (2hPG) levels and gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM); we invest...

    Natarajan Padmapriya, Jonathan Y. Bernard, Shen Liang, See Ling Loy, Shirong Cai, Iris Shen Zhe, Kenneth Kwek, Keith M. Godfrey, Peter D. Gluckman, Seang Mei Saw, Yap-Seng Chong, Jerry Kok Yen Chan and Falk Müller-Riemenschneider

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:364

    Published on: 18 October 2017

  2. Research article

    Fetal heart rate abnormalities during and after external cephalic version: Which fetuses are at risk and how are they delivered?

    Fetal heart rate abnormalities (FHR) during and after external cephalic version (ECV) are relatively frequent. They may raise concern about fetal wellbeing. Only occasionally they may lead to an emergency cesa...

    Simone M. Kuppens, Ida Smailbegovic, Saskia Houterman, Ingrid de Leeuw and Tom H. Hasaart

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:363

    Published on: 17 October 2017

  3. Research article

    Do mobile clinics provide high-quality antenatal care? A comparison of care delivery, knowledge outcomes and perception of quality of care between fixed and mobile clinics in central Haiti

    Antenatal care (ANC) is an important health service for women in developing countries, with numerous proven benefits. Global coverage of ANC has steadily increased over the past 30 years, in part due to increa...

    Erica Phillips, Rebecca J. Stoltzfus, Lesly Michaud, Gracia Lionel Fils Pierre, Francoise Vermeylen and David Pelletier

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:361

    Published on: 16 October 2017

  4. Research article

    Multidisciplinary consensus on screening for, diagnosis and management of fetal growth restriction in the Netherlands

    Screening for, diagnosis and management of intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) is often performed in multidisciplinary collaboration. However, variation in screening methods, diagnosis and management of IUG...

    Viki Verfaille, Ank de Jonge, Lidwine Mokkink, Myrte Westerneng, Henriëtte van der Horst, Petra Jellema and Arie Franx

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:353

    Published on: 16 October 2017

  5. Research article

    Maternal and fetal blood lipid concentrations during pregnancy differ by maternal body mass index: findings from the ROLO study

    Pregnancy is a time of altered metabolic functioning and maternal blood lipid profiles change to accommodate the developing fetus. While these changes are physiologically necessary, blood lipids concentrations...

    Aisling A. Geraghty, Goiuri Alberdi, Elizabeth J. O’Sullivan, Eileen C. O’Brien, Brenda Crosbie, Patrick J. Twomey and Fionnuala M. McAuliffe

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:360

    Published on: 16 October 2017

  6. Research article

    A ten-year study of midwife-led care at an Austrian tertiary care center: a retrospective analysis with special consideration of perineal trauma

    In contrast to other countries, Austria rarely offers alternative models to medical led-care. In an attempt to improve the facilities, a midwife-led care service was incorporated within the Department of Obste...

    Barbara Bodner-Adler, Oliver Kimberger, Julia Griebaum, Peter Husslein and Klaus Bodner

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:357

    Published on: 16 October 2017

  7. Research article

    Women’s attitudes, experiences and compliance concerning the use of Mindfetalness- a method for systematic observation of fetal movements in late pregnancy

    Maternal perception of decreased fetal movements and low awareness of fetal movements are associated with a negative birth outcome. Mindfetalness is a method developed for women to facilitate systematic observ...

    Anna Akselsson, Susanne Georgsson, Helena Lindgren, Karin Pettersson and Ingela Rådestad

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:359

    Published on: 16 October 2017

  8. Research article

    The MOVE-trial: Monocryl® vs. Vicryl Rapide™ for skin repair in mediolateral episiotomies: a randomized controlled trial

    Previous studies have shown that complaints after episiotomy repair depend on the method and material used for repair. The objective of our study was to determine which of two frequently used suture materials,...

    Roeland Odijk, Bernadette Hennipman, Melek Rousian, Khadija Madani, Marja Dijksterhuis, Jan Willem de Leeuw and Arjan van Hof

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:355

    Published on: 16 October 2017

  9. Research article

    Association between very advanced maternal age and adverse pregnancy outcomes: a cross sectional Japanese study

    While several studies have demonstrated the increased risk of pregnancy complications for women of advanced age, few studies have focused on women with very advanced age (≥ 45), despite the increasing rate of ...

    Kohei Ogawa, Kevin Y. Urayama, Shinji Tanigaki, Haruhiko Sago, Shoji Sato, Shigeru Saito and Naho Morisaki

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:349

    Published on: 10 October 2017

  10. Research article

    The impact of a referral card-based intervention on intimate partner violence, psychosocial health, help-seeking and safety behaviour during pregnancy and postpartum: a randomized controlled trial

    We aimed to investigate the impact of a referral-based intervention in a prospective cohort of women disclosing intimate partner violence (IPV) on the prevalence of violence, and associated outcomes psychosoci...

    An-Sofie Van Parys, Ellen Deschepper, Kristien Roelens, Marleen Temmerman and Hans Verstraelen

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:346

    Published on: 6 October 2017

  11. Research article

    Factors influencing the clinical decision-making of midwives: a qualitative study

    Although midwives make clinical decisions that have an impact on the health and well-being of mothers and babies, little is known about how they make those decisions. Wide variation in intrapartum decisions to re...

    Darie O. A. Daemers, Evelien B. M. van Limbeek, Hennie A. A. Wijnen, Marianne J. Nieuwenhuijze and Raymond G. de Vries

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:345

    Published on: 6 October 2017

  12. Research article

    Cesarean deliveries and maternal weight retention

    Cesarean delivery accounts for nearly one-third of all births in the U.S. and contributes to an additional $38 billion in healthcare costs each year. Although Cesarean delivery has a long record of improving m...

    Kandice A. Kapinos, Olga Yakusheva and Marianne Weiss

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:343

    Published on: 4 October 2017

  13. Debate

    Implementing non-invasive prenatal testing into publicly funded antenatal screening services for Down syndrome and other conditions in Aotearoa New Zealand

    Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) is a relatively new screen for congenital conditions – specifically, common fetal aneuploidies including Down Syndrome. The test is based on isolating freely circulating fr...

    Sara Filoche, Fiona Cram, Bev Lawton, Angela Beard and Peter Stone

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:344

    Published on: 4 October 2017

  14. Research article

    A qualitative inquiry on pregnant women’s preferences for mental health screening

    Approaches to screening can influence the acceptance of and comfort with mental health screening. Qualitative evidence on pregnant women’s comfort with different screening approaches and disclosure of mental h...

    Hamideh Bayrampour, Deborah A. McNeil, Karen Benzies, Charleen Salmon, Karen Gelb and Suzanne Tough

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:339

    Published on: 3 October 2017

  15. Research article

    A randomized controlled double blind trial comparing the effects of the prophylactic antibiotic, Cefazolin, administered at caesarean delivery at two different timings (before skin incision and after cord clamping) on both the mother and newborn

    Caesarean delivery (CD) increases the risk of postpartum infection by 5 to 20 fold. Prevention of surgical site infection (SSI) is the goal of antibiotic prophylaxis. This study was carried out to assess the o...

    Chinta Annie Jyothirmayi, Ajay Halder, Bijesh Yadav, Santosh Thomas Samuel, Anil Kuruvilla and Ruby Jose

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:340

    Published on: 3 October 2017

  16. Research article

    Pregnancy-associated-cancer in the French West Indies (Martinique): maternal and neonatal outcomes

    The management of pregnancy-associated-cancer (PAC) requires epidemiological evaluation of the pathways of care. The aim of this study was to describe maternal and neonatal outcomes of PAC in Martinique.

    Kathleen Melan, Jean-Luc Volumenie, Gaël Wan-Ajouhu, Stephen Ulric-Gervaise, Jacqueline Veronique-Baudin and Clarisse Joachim

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:334

    Published on: 2 October 2017

  17. Research article

    Learning from deaths: Parents’ Active Role and ENgagement in The review of their Stillbirth/perinatal death (the PARENTS 1 study)

    Following a perinatal death, a formal standardised multi-disciplinary review should take place, to learn from the death of a baby and facilitate improvements in future care. It has been recommended that bereav...

    Danya Bakhbakhi, Dimitrios Siassakos, Christy Burden, Ffion Jones, Freya Yoward, Maggie Redshaw, Samantha Murphy and Claire Storey

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:333

    Published on: 2 October 2017

  18. Research article

    Examining the provisional guidelines for weight gain in twin pregnancies: a retrospective cohort study

    Weight gain during pregnancy has an important impact on maternal and neonatal health. Unlike the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommendations for weight gain in singleton pregnancies, those for twin gestations ...

    Olha Lutsiv, Adam Hulman, Christy Woolcott, Joseph Beyene, Lucy Giglia, B. Anthony Armson, Linda Dodds, Binod Neupane and Sarah D. McDonald

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:330

    Published on: 29 September 2017

  19. Research article

    Chiropractic management of dominating one-sided pelvic girdle pain in pregnant women; a randomized controlled trial

    The aim of this study was to investigate the outcome of chiropractic management for a subgroup of pregnant women with dominating one-sided pelvic girdle pain (PGP).

    Anne Marie Gausel, Inger Kjærmann, Stefan Malmqvist, Knut Andersen, Ingvild Dalen, Jan Petter Larsen and Inger Økland

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:331

    Published on: 29 September 2017

  20. Research article

    Mental health after first childbirth in women requesting a caesarean section; a retrospective register-based study

    Psychiatric illness before delivery increases the risk of giving birth by caesarean section on maternal request (CSMR) but little is known about these women’s mental health after childbirth. In this study we a...

    Louise Möller, Ann Josefsson, Marie Bladh, Caroline Lilliecreutz, Ellika Andolf and G. Sydsjö

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:326

    Published on: 29 September 2017

  21. Research article

    Maspin impairs the function of endothelial cells: an implying pathway of preeclampsia

    Widespread endothelial injury contributes to the occurrence of preeclampsia. Maspin, first identified as a tumor suppressor, plays a critical role in cell invasion and angiogenesis. Our previous studies found ...

    Ying Zhang, Hao Liu, Xinwei Shi, Fuyuan Qiao, Wanjiang Zeng, Ling Feng, Dongrui Deng, Haiyi Liu and Yuanyuan Wu

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:328

    Published on: 29 September 2017

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