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BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth

Biomedical aspects of pregnancy

This section considers studies regarding biomedical and therapeutic aspects of pregnancy.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    Current recommendations do not support the use of continuous electronic fetal monitoring (EFM) for low risk women during labour, yet EFM remains widespread in clinical practice. Consideration of the views, per...

    Authors: Valerie Smith, Cecily M Begley, Mike Clarke and Declan Devane

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:166

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  2. Content type: Correspondence

    Clean birth practices can prevent sepsis, one of the leading causes of both maternal and newborn mortality. Evidence suggests that clean birth kits (CBKs), as part of package that includes education, are assoc...

    Authors: Vanora A Hundley, Bilal I Avan, Haris Ahmed and Wendy J Graham

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:158

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  3. Content type: Research article

    In the United States, an estimated 70 stillbirths occur each day, on average 25,000 each year. Research into the prevalence and causes of stillbirth is ongoing, but meanwhile, many parents suffer this devastat...

    Authors: Maureen C Kelley and Susan B Trinidad

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:137

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  4. Content type: Research article

    The incidence of severe maternal morbidity is increasing in high-income countries as a consequence, in part, of increased obstetric intervention and increasingly complex medical needs of women who become pregn...

    Authors: Marie Furuta, Jane Sandall and Debra Bick

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:125

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  5. Content type: Case report

    Spontaneous coronary and vertebral artery dissections are rare events occurring most commonly in otherwise healthy women during pregnancy or the post-partum period.

    Authors: Marta Cenkowski, Megan daSilva, Kimberly-Ann Bordun, Farrukh Hussain, Iain DC Kirkpatrick and Davinder S Jassal

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:122

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Many stillbirths show evidence of fetal growth restriction, and most occur at preterm gestational age. The objective of this study is to compare birth weights at preterm gestational ages between live births an...

    Authors: Xun Zhang, KS Joseph, Sven Cnattingius and Michael S Kramer

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:119

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Postpartum hemorrhage, a major cause of maternal death and severe maternal morbidity, increased in frequency in Canada between 1991 and 2004. We carried out a study to describe the epidemiology of postpartum h...

    Authors: Azar Mehrabadi, Jennifer A Hutcheon, Lily Lee, Robert M Liston and KS Joseph

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:108

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  8. Content type: Study protocol

    Instrumental deliveries are commonly performed in the United Kingdom and Ireland, with rates of 12 – 17% in most centres. Knowing the exact position of the fetal head is a pre-requisite for safe instrumental d...

    Authors: Deirdre J Murphy, Gerard Burke, Alan A Montgomery and Meenakshi Ramphul

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:95

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  9. Content type: Study protocol

    Pain relief during labour is a topic of major interest in the Netherlands. Epidural analgesia is considered to be the most effective method of pain relief and recommended as first choice. However its uptake by...

    Authors: Liv M Freeman, Kitty WM Bloemenkamp, Maureen TM Franssen, Dimitri NM Papatsonis, Petra J Hajenius, Marloes E van Huizen, Henk A Bremer, Eline SA van den Akker, Mallory D Woiski, Martina M Porath, Erik van Beek, Nico Schuitemaker, Paulien CM van der Salm, Bianca F Fong, Celine Radder, Caroline J Bax…

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:63

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Smoking paradoxically increases the risk of small-for-gestational-age (SGA) birth but protects against preeclampsia. Some studies have reported a "U-shaped" distribution of fetal growth in preeclamptic pregnan...

    Authors: Susan R Kahn, Nisha D Almeida, Helen McNamara, Gideon Koren, Jacques Genest Jr, Mourad Dahhou, Robert W Platt and Michael S Kramer

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2011 11:91

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