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  1. Studies reveal that promoting the breastfeeding knowledge level help to improve breastfeeding behaviors. Promoting breastfeeding knowledge is a simple and economical way to increase breastfeeding rates. Howeve...

    Authors: Yan Wang, Hua-xuan You and Bi-ru Luo

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:723

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Although under-5 mortality has decreased in the last two decades, neonatal mortality remains a global health challenge. Despite achieving notable progress, Ethiopia has still one of the highest neonatal mortal...

    Authors: Francesco Cavallin, Teresa Bonasia, Desalegn Abebe Yimer, Fabio Manenti, Giovanni Putoto and Daniele Trevisanuto

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:722

    Content type: Research article

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  3. Community-based bilingual doula (CBD) services have been established to respond to migrant women’s needs and reduce barriers to high quality maternity care. The aim of this study was to compare birth outcomes ...

    Authors: Ulrika Byrskog, Rhonda Small and Erica Schytt

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:721

    Content type: Research article

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  4. Water immersion during labour can provide benefits including reduced need for regional analgesia and a shorter labour. However, in the United Kingdom a minority of women use a pool for labour or birth, with po...

    Authors: Sarah Milosevic, Susan Channon, Jacqueline Hughes, Billie Hunter, Mary Nolan, Rebecca Milton and Julia Sanders

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:719

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Receiving epidural analgesia during labor can possibly have negative consequences for mother and child. Yet, the use of epidural analgesia rapidly increased in the Netherlands over the last decade. Since anten...

    Authors: Lianne P Hulsbosch, Ivan Nyklíček, Eva S Potharst, Myrthe GBM Boekhorst and Victor JM Pop

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:718

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP) affect 5–10% of pregnant women. Women after HDP have 2–3 times increased risk of heart attack, stroke and diabetes, as soon as 5–10 years after pregnancy. Australian h...

    Authors: Heike Roth, Caroline S. E. Homer, Clare Arnott, Lynne Roberts, Mark Brown and Amanda Henry

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:717

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Our objective was to evaluate risks of adverse obstetric outcomes in pregnancies with myoma(s) or in pregnancies following myomectomy.

    Authors: Se Jin Lee, Hyun Sun Ko, Sunghun Na, Jin Young Bae, Won Joon Seong, Jong Woon Kim, Jaeeun Shin, Hae Joong Cho, Gyu Yeon Choi, Jinsil Kim, Geum Joon Cho and In Yang Park

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:716

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Few studies have focused on cesarean delivery (CD) trends among primipara under the one-child and the two-child policies. This study aimed to explore the trends in CD rates among primipara during 1995–2019 and...

    Authors: Guoqiang Sun, Ying Lin, Honglian Lu, Wenjing He, Ruyan Li, Lijun Yang, Xian Liu, Hongyan Wang, Xuewen Yang and Yao Cheng

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:715

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Vitamin D deficiency (VDD) has been related to vitamin D binding protein (GC) gene polymorphism, demographics and lifestyle factors in different populations. However, previous studies only focused on demographic ...

    Authors: Siew-Siew Lee, King-Hwa Ling, Maiza Tusimin, Raman Subramaniam, Kartini Farah Rahim and Su-Peng Loh

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:714

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Prenatal screening for chromosome aneuploidies have constantly been evolving, especially with the introduction of cell-free fetal DNA (cfDNA) screening in the most recent years. This study compares the perform...

    Authors: Tianhua Huang, Clare Gibbons, Shamim Rashid, Megan K. Priston, H. Melanie Bedford, Ellen Mak-Tam and Wendy S. Meschino

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:713

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Delays in accessing skilled delivery services are a major contributor to high maternal mortality in resource-limited settings. In 2015, the government of The Gambia initiated a results-based financing interven...

    Authors: Laura Ferguson, Rifat Hasan, Chantelle Boudreaux, Hannah Thomas, Mariama Jallow and Günther Fink

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:712

    Content type: Research article

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  12. The Medical Birth Registry of Norway (MBRN) provides national coverage of all births. While retrieval of most of the information in the birth records is mandatory, mothers may refrain to provide information on...

    Authors: Liv Grøtvedt, Grace M. Egeland, Liv Grimstvedt Kvalvik and Christian Madsen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:710

    Content type: Research article

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  13. To demonstrate that studies on induction of labour should be analyzed by parity as there is a significant difference in the labour outcome among induced nulliparous and multiparous women.

    Authors: Branko Denona, Michael Foley, Rhona Mahony and Michael Robson

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:709

    Content type: Research article

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  14. Poor women in hard-to-reach areas are least likely to receive healthcare and thus carry the burden of maternal and perinatal mortality from complications of childbirth. This study evaluated the effect of an en...

    Authors: Duncan N. Shikuku, Geofrey Tanui, Mercy Wabomba, Dennis Wanjala, Josephine Friday, Taphroze Peru, Evelyne Atamba and Kenneth Sisimwo

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:708

    Content type: Research article

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  15. Maternal undernutrition is highly prevalent in underdeveloped countries. Hence, this study was intended to determine the prevalence and associated factors of undernutrition among pregnant women visiting ANC cl...

    Authors: Mohammed Muze, Mubarek Yesse, Shemsu Kedir and Abdilmejid Mustefa

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:707

    Content type: Research article

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  16. The reactivity of the pulmonary vascular bed to the administration of oxygen is well established in the post-natal circulation. The vasoreactivity demonstrated by the fetal pulmonary artery Doppler waveform in...

    Authors: Ann McHugh, Colm Breatnach, Neidin Bussmann, Orla Franklin, Afif El-Khuffash and Fionnuala M. Breathnach

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:706

    Content type: Research article

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  17. During pregnancy, about 10 to 20% of women experience depressive symptoms. Subclinical depression increases the risk of peripartum depression, maternal neuro-endocrine dysregulations, and adverse birth and inf...

    Authors: Anke B. Witteveen, Jens Henrichs, Annika L. Walker, Ernst T. Bohlmeijer, Huibert Burger, Yvonne Fontein-Kuipers, Francois G. Schellevis, Claire A.I. Stramrood, Miranda Olff, Corine J. Verhoeven and Ank de Jonge

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:705

    Content type: Study protocol

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  18. Trauma, natural and man-made catastrophic events can be predictors of postpartum psychological distress. In a public health response due to coronavirus disease 2019 outbreak, the Italian government imposed a l...

    Authors: Luca Ostacoli, Stefano Cosma, Federica Bevilacqua, Paola Berchialla, Marialuisa Bovetti, Andrea Roberto Carosso, Francesca Malandrone, Sara Carletto and Chiara Benedetto

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:703

    Content type: Research article

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  19. In the Twin Birth Study, women at 320/7–386/7 weeks of gestation, in whom the first twin was in cephalic presentation, were randomized to planned vaginal delivery or cesarean section. The study found no significa...

    Authors: C Dougan, L Gotha, N Melamed, A Aviram, EV Asztalos, S Anabusi, AR Willan, JFR Barrett and E Mei-Dan

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:702

    Content type: Research article

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  20. There is an unquestionable need to adapt health care to the needs of each woman, to foster her self-confidence and provide her with the autonomy to manage her own maternity. This involves empowering her to cho...

    Authors: Carmen Paz-Pascual, Isabel Artieta-Pinedo, Maite Espinosa and Paola Bully

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:701

    Content type: Study protocol

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  21. The annual rate of stillbirth in Sweden has remained largely unchanged for the past 30 years. In Sweden, there is no national audit system for stillbirths. The aim of the study was to determine if a regional m...

    Authors: I. Sterpu, J. Bolk, S. Perers Öberg, I. Hulthén Varli and E. Wiberg Itzel

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:700

    Content type: Research article

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  22. Adolescent pregnancy is a public health concern in Malawi as it is associated with high risks of adverse pregnancy outcomes. Almost 29% of adolescent women aged 15–19 years are already mothers and adolescent f...

    Authors: Lucy Ida Kululanga, Alice Kadango, Gaily Lungu, Diana Jere, Matthews Ngwale and Lily Caroline Kumbani

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:699

    Content type: Research article

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  23. Full dilatation caesarean sections are associated with recurrent early spontaneous preterm birth and late miscarriage. The risk following first stage caesarean sections, are less well defined, but appears to b...

    Authors: Naomi Carlisle, Agnieszka Glazewska-Hallin, Lisa Story, Jenny Carter, Paul T. Seed, Natalie Suff, Lucie Giblin, Jana Hutter, Raffaele Napolitano, Mary Rutherford, Daniel C. Alexander, Nigel Simpson, Amrita Banerjee, Anna L. David and Andrew H. Shennan

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:698

    Content type: Study protocol

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  24. Under the Children Act 1989, local authorities in Wales, UK, can issue care proceedings if they are concerned about the welfare of a child, which can lead to removal of a child from parents. For mothers at ris...

    Authors: L. J. Griffiths, R. D. Johnson, K. Broadhurst, S. Bedston, L. Cusworth, B. Alrouh, D. V. Ford and A. John

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:697

    Content type: Research article

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  25. The World Health Organization does not recommend dilatation and sharp curettage (D&C) for the surgical treatment of miscarriage during the first trimester because this may cause Asherman’s syndrome due to endo...

    Authors: Toshiyuki Kakinuma, Kaoru Kakinuma, Yuuka Sakamoto, Yoshimasa Kawarai, Koyomi Saito, Motomasa Ihara, Yoshio Matsuda, Ikuo Sato, Michitaka Ohwada, Kaoru Yanagida and Hirokazu Tanaka

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:695

    Content type: Research article

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  26. In 2015, the stillbirth rate after 28 weeks (late gestation) in Australia was 35% higher than countries with the lowest rates globally. Reductions in late gestation stillbirth rates have steadily improved in A...

    Authors: C. J. Andrews, D. Ellwood, P. F. Middleton, A. Gordon, M. Nicholl, C. S. E. Homer, J. Morris, G. Gardener, M. Coory, M. Davies-Tuck, F. M. Boyle, E. Callander, A. Bauman and V. J. Flenady

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:694

    Content type: Study protocol

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  27. Iodine deficiency is the most common cause of preventable brain harm and cognitive impairment in children. Portuguese women of childbearing age, pregnant women and their progeny were shown to have inadequate i...

    Authors: Maria Lopes-Pereira, Susana Roque, Patrício Costa, Anna Quialheiro, Nadine Correia Santos, Ana Goios, Laura Vilarinho, Margarida Correia-Neves and Joana Almeida Palha

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:693

    Content type: Study protocol

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  28. Exposure to environmental stressors can lead to shorter leukocyte telomere length and increase the risk of chronic diseases. Preservation of leukocyte telomere length by reducing oxidative stress exposure and ...

    Authors: Etienne Nsereko, Aline Uwase, Claude Mambo Muvunyi, Stephen Rulisa, David Ntirushwa, Patricia Moreland, Elizabeth J. Corwin, Nicole Santos, Jue Lin, Jyu-Lin Chen, Manasse Nzayirambaho and Janet M. Wojcicki

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:692

    Content type: Research article

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  29. Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) is an iatrogenic condition characterized by capillary hyperpermeability which can be predicted by preovulatory ovarian responses such as number of follicles. A variety ...

    Authors: Miaad Jabbar Alhilali, Abbas Parham, Armin Attaranzadeh, Malihe Amirian and Mohammad Azizzadeh

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:691

    Content type: Research article

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  30. This study aims to explore the relationships between pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI), gestational weight gain (GWG), rate of GWG during the second and third trimesters (GWGrate) and birth weight among Chinese...

    Authors: Yawen Wang, Haihui Ma, Yahui Feng, Yongle Zhan, Sansan Wu, Shuya Cai, Yingjie Shi, Yunli Chen, Liangkun Ma and Yu Jiang

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:690

    Content type: Research article

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  31. Propionic acidemia (PA) is a severe monogenic disorder characterized by a deficiency of the mitochondrial protein propionyl-CoA carboxylase (PCC) enzyme, which is caused by mutations in the PCCA or PCCB gene. Pre...

    Authors: Ye Tian, Guojie Wang, Wujuan Shi and Xiaohong Bai

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:689

    Content type: Case report

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  32. The prenatal diagnosis of microhydranencephaly is important and needs to be distinguished from anencephaly, because unlike anencephaly, fetuses with microhydranencephaly can survive after birth. Herein, we rep...

    Authors: Takahiro Omoto, Toshifumi Takahashi, Keiya Fujimori and Shogo Kin

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:688

    Content type: Case report

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  33. To identify risk factors associated with a composite adverse maternal outcomes in women undergoing intrapartum cesarean birth.

    Authors: Margo S. Harrison, Ana Pilar Betrán, Krithika Suresh, Joshua P. Vogel, Robert L. Goldenberg and A. Metin Gülmezoglu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:687

    Content type: Research article

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  34. The current maternal mortality ratio in Uganda is 336 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births. Infant mortality is 43 deaths per 1000 live births, with 42% of the mortality occurring during the neonatal period...

    Authors: Geoffrey Babughirana, Sanne Gerards, Alex Mokori, Elisha Nangosha, Stef Kremers and Jessica Gubbels

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:686

    Content type: Research article

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  35. Preeclampsia is associated with increased arterial stiffness during pregnancy. However, data on the longitudinal change in arterial stiffness after delivery in women with preeclampsia are lacking. In this pilo...

    Authors: Sehun KIM, Hyun Ja LIM, Jeung-Ran KIM, Kyung Joon OH, Joon-Seok HONG and Jung-Won SUH

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:685

    Content type: Research article

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  36. Pregnancy among adolescents, whether intended or not, is a public health concern as it is generally considered high risk for both mothers and their newborns. In Zambia, where many women engage in early sexual ...

    Authors: Tannia Tembo, Aybüke Koyuncu, Haoran Zhuo, Martha Mwendafilumba and Albert Manasyan

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:684

    Content type: Research article

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  37. Adequate antenatal care (ANC) services are key for early identification of pregnancy related risk factors and maintaining women’s health during pregnancy. This study aimed to assess the influence of ANC provid...

    Authors: G. K. Baldewsingh, B. C. Jubitana, E. D. van Eer, A. Shankar, A. D. Hindori-Mohangoo, H. H. Covert, L. Shi, M. Y. Lichtveld and C. W. R. Zijlmans

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:683

    Content type: Research article

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  38. sub-Saharan African Low and Lower-Middle Income Countries (sSA LLMICs) have the highest burden of maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality in the world. Timely and appropriate maternal referral to a suit...

    Authors: Edward Kwabena Ameyaw, Carolyne Njue, Nguyen Toan Tran and Angela Dawson

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:682

    Content type: Research article

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  39. Downstream remodeling of the spiral arteries (SpA) decreases utero-placental resistance drastically, allowing sustained and increased blood flow to the placenta under all circumstances. We systematically evalu...

    Authors: Veronique Schiffer, Laura Evers, Sander de Haas, Chahinda Ghossein-Doha, Salwan Al-Nasiry and Marc Spaanderman

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:680

    Content type: Research article

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  40. To date, the rates of potentially life-threatening condition (PTLC), maternal near miss (MNM) and maternal deaths in pregnant patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) and variables associated to it have n...

    Authors: Luiza Russo de Morais, Beatriz Costa Patz, Felipe Favorette Campanharo, Patricia Médici Dualib, Sue Yazaki Sun and Rosiane Mattar

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:679

    Content type: Research article

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  41. Reduction of maternal mortality and morbidity is a major global health priority. However, much remains unknown regarding factors associated with postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) among childbearing women in the Rwan...

    Authors: Oliva Bazirete, Manassé Nzayirambaho, Aline Umubyeyi, Marie Chantal Uwimana and Marilyn Evans

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:678

    Content type: Research article

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  42. In developing countries, abortion is often unsafe and a significant cause of maternal morbidity and mortality accounting for about 8% (4.7–13.2%) of maternal mortality worldwide. Internationally, safe abortion...

    Authors: Mihretu Molla Enyew

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:676

    Content type: Research article

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  43. COVID-19 may predispose pregnant women to higher risks of severe disease and poorer neonatal outcome. Psychological sequalae of this pandemic may pose a greater conundrum than its clinical aspects. It is curre...

    Authors: Ryan Wai Kheong Lee, See Ling Loy, Liying Yang, Jerry Kok Yen Chan and Lay Kok Tan

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:675

    Content type: Research article

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  44. Instrumental deliveries are an unavoidable part of obstetric practice. Dedicated training is needed for each instrument. To identify when a trainee resident can be entrusted with instrumental deliveries by Suz...

    Authors: Perrine COSTE MAZEAU, Nedjma BOUKEFFA, Nathalie TICAUD BOILEAU, Samantha HUET, Maud TRAVERSE, Jean-Luc EYRAUD, Alexine LAGUERRE, Cyrille CATALAN and Cécilia RIEDL

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:674

    Content type: Research article

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