Labor, delivery, and postpartum health

Section edited by Valerie Smith

This section considers studies regarding all aspects of labor, delivery, and postpartum health, including labor induction, mode of delivery, fetal monitoring, hemorrhage, uterine rupture, obstetric fistula, perineal tears, and all other aspects of labor, delivery, and postpartum health.

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  1. Research article

    Progesterone in women with arrested premature labor, a report of a randomised clinical trial and updated meta-analysis

    Progesterone may be effective in prevention of premature birth in some high risk populations. Women with arrested premature labor are at risk of recurrent labor and maintenance therapy with standard tocolytics...

    Stephen Wood, Yacov Rabi, Selphee Tang, Rollin Brant and Susan Ross

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:258

    Published on: 2 August 2017

  2. Research article

    Adverse events in women and children who have received intrapartum antibiotic prophylaxis treatment: a systematic review

    Adverse events from intrapartum antibiotic prophylaxis (IAP) are poorly documented yet essential to inform clinical practice for neonatal group B Streptococcus (GBS) disease prevention. In this systematic review,...

    Farah Seedat, Chris Stinton, Jacoby Patterson, Julia Geppert, Bee Tan, Esther R. Robinson, Noel Denis McCarthy, Olalekan A. Uthman, Karoline Freeman, Samantha Ann Johnson, Hannah Fraser, Colin Stewart Brown, Aileen Clarke and Sian Taylor-Phillips

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:247

    Published on: 26 July 2017

  3. Case report

    Advanced abdominal pregnancy, with live fetus and severe preeclampsia, case report

    Abdominal pregnancy may account for up to 1.4% of all ectopic pregnancies. The incidence of abdominal pregnancy differs in various literatures and ranges between 1:10,000 pregnancies to 1:30, 000 pregnancies. ...

    Fekade Getachew Hailu, Getnet Tesfaye Yihunie, Ahmed Amdihun Essa and Walelign kindie Tsega

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:243

    Published on: 26 July 2017

  4. Research article

    Magnesium sulfate for 6 vs 24 hours post delivery in patients who received magnesium sulfate for less than 8 hours before birth: a randomized clinical trial

    To compare the benefits of magnesium sulfate for 24 h (h) postpartum versus 6 h postpartum in patients who received magnesium sulfate (Mg) for less than 8 h before birth.

    Paulino Vigil-De Gracia, Ricardo Ramirez, Yarelys Durán and Arelis Quintero

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:241

    Published on: 24 July 2017

  5. Research article

    Identification of barriers and facilitators for optimal cesarean section care: perspective of professionals

    The cesarean section (CS) rate has increased over recent decades with poor guideline adherence as a possible cause. The objective of this study was to explore barriers and facilitators for delivering optimal c...

    Sonja Melman, Rachel Hellen Petra Schreurs, Carmen Desiree Dirksen, Anneke Kwee, Jan Gerrit Nijhuis, Nicol Anna Cornelia Smeets, Hubertina Catharina Johanna Scheepers and Rosella Petronella Maria Gemma Hermens

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:230

    Published on: 14 July 2017

  6. Research article

    Satisfaction with caregivers during labour among low risk women in the Netherlands: the association with planned place of birth and transfer of care during labour

    The caregiver has an important influence on women’s birth experiences. When transfer of care during labour is necessary, care is handed over from one caregiver to the other, and this might influence satisfacti...

    Caroline C. Geerts, Jeroen van Dillen, Trudy Klomp, Antoine L. M. Lagro-Janssen and Ank de Jonge

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:229

    Published on: 14 July 2017

  7. Research article

    Lower mortality is observed among low birth weight young infants who have received home-based care by female community health volunteers in rural Nepal

    There has been little success in attempts to reduce the proportion of births with low birth weight (LBW). However, deaths associated with LBW may be prevented with extra attention to warmth, feeding, and preve...

    Dinesh Neupane, Penny Dawson, Robin Houston, Liladhar Dhakal, Jaganath Sharma, KC Gargi, Christina Lagos, Vishnu Khanal, Shiva Raj Mishra and Per Kallestrup

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:218

    Published on: 11 July 2017

  8. Research article

    Evidence of lower oxygen reserves during labour in the growth restricted human foetus: a retrospective study

    The aim of the present study is to test the hypothesis that Growth Restricted foetuses (FGR) have the tendency to develop more pathological cardiotocograpic tracings during labour than do appropriate for gesta...

    Silvia Parisi, Clara Monzeglio, Rossella Attini, Marilisa Biolcati, Bianca Masturzo, Manuela Mensa, Marina Mischinelli, Eleonora Pilloni and Tullia Todros

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:209

    Published on: 1 July 2017

  9. Research article

    The Raine study had no evidence of significant perinatal selection bias after two decades of follow up: a longitudinal pregnancy cohort study

    Cohort studies may increase or decrease their selection bias as they progress through time. The Western Australian Pregnancy Cohort (Raine) Study has followed 2868 children for over two decades; from fetal int...

    Scott W. White, Peter R. Eastwood, Leon M. Straker, Leon A. Adams, John P. Newnham, Stephen J. Lye and Craig E. Pennell

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:207

    Published on: 29 June 2017

  10. Research article

    Timing of delivery in a high-risk obstetric population: a clinical prediction model

    The efficacy of antenatal corticosteroid treatment for women with threatened preterm birth depends on timely administration within 7 days before delivery. We modelled the probability of delivery within 7 days ...

    Dane A. De Silva, Sarka Lisonkova, Peter von Dadelszen, Anne R. Synnes and Laura A. Magee

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:202

    Published on: 29 June 2017

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. Research article

    Is early intervention using Mansoura-VV uterine compression sutures an effective procedure in the management of primary atonic postpartum hemorrhage? : a prospective study

    Postpartum hemorrhage is the leading cause of maternal death, uterine atony accounts for 75-90% of primary postpartum hemorrhage. The efficacy of the Uterine compression suture in the treatment of atonic postp...

    Abd Elaziz A. El Refaeey, Hosam Abdelfattah, Alaa Mosbah, Anas M. Gamal, Emad Fayla, Waleed Refaie, Abdelhady Zaied, Rafik I. Barakat, Amal K. Seleem and Mohammed Maher

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:160

    Published on: 31 May 2017

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