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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. To ascertain or disprove a correlation between suboptimal birth characteristics, breech position at delivery and development of Perthes’ disease.

    Authors: Maria Lindblad, Ann Josefsson, Marie Bladh, Gunilla Sydsjö and Torsten Johansson

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:192

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Antenatal cervical length measurement has paramount importance in the prediction of labor. It was compared to the Bishop Score and incorporated in the modified Bishop score due to its relevance and convenience...

    Authors: Omima T. Taha, Mohamed Elprince, Khaled A. Atwa, Asmaa M. Elgedawy, Amal A. Ahmed and Rasha E. Khamees

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:191

    Content type: Research article

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  3. Postpartum depression explains various groups of depressive symptoms and syndromes that can take place during the first 6 weeks following birth. The postpartum period is a critical time where both mild and sev...

    Authors: Abate Dargie Wubetu, Nigus Alemnew Engidaw and Kefyalew Dagne Gizachew

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:189

    Content type: Research article

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  4. The objective of our study was to evaluate the association between perinatal asphyxia and hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) with the presence of ante and intrapartum risk factors and/or abnormal fetal hear...

    Authors: Anna Locatelli, Laura Lambicchi, Maddalena Incerti, Francesca Bonati, Massimo Ferdico, Silvia Malguzzi, Ferruccio Torcasio, Patrizia Calzi, Tiziana Varisco and Giuseppe Paterlini

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:186

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Victimisation of women is encountered in all countries across the world, it damages the mental and physical health of women. During pregnancy and the postpartum period, women are at a greater risk of experienc...

    Authors: Hafrún Finnbogadóttir, Kathleen Baird and Li Thies-Lagergren

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:183

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Cesarean delivery rates are increasing globally with almost half of them occurring due to a previous Cesarean delivery. A trial of labor after Cesarean (TOLAC) is considered a safe procedure, but most eligible...

    Authors: Kaname Uno, Michinori Mayama, Masato Yoshihara, Takehiko Takeda, Sho Tano, Teppei Suzuki, Yasuyuki Kishigami and Hidenori Oguchi

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:170

    Content type: Research article

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  7. The study was conducted in public health centers of East Gojjam Zone, Amhara region, Ethiopia. The purpose of this study was to assess knowledge, and use of labour pain relief methods and associated factors among...

    Authors: Keralem Anteneh Bishaw, Endalew Gemechu Sendo and Workinesh Sinshaw Abebe

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:180

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Best practice in perinatal bereavement care suggests offering parents the opportunity to spend time with their baby. Cold cots facilitate this purpose by reducing the deterioration of the body and evidence ind...

    Authors: Paula Smith, Konstantina Vasileiou and Abbie Jordan

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:175

    Content type: Research article

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  9. The first 2 days after childbirth present the highest risk of dying for a mother. Providing postnatal care within the first 2 days after childbirth can help avert maternal mortality because it allows early det...

    Authors: Patricia Ndugga, Noor Kassim Namiyonga and Deogratious Sebuwufu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:163

    Content type: Research article

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  10. To evaluate the role of the quality improvement course (QIC) to reduce the caesarean section (CS) rate among nulliparas (Robson groups 1 and 2) and to find out which group of women have reduced the CS rate fol...

    Authors: Justina Kacerauskiene, Meile Minkauskiene, Tahir Mahmood, Egle Bartuseviciene, Dalia R. Railaite, Arnoldas Bartusevicius, Mindaugas Kliucinskas, Laima Maleckiene, Jonas Ulevicius, Laura Liubiniene, Kastytis Smigelskas, Kornelija Maciuliene, Grazina Drasutiene, Diana Ramasauskaite and Ruta J. Nadisauskiene

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:152

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Intravenous remifentanil patient-controlled analgesia (RPCA) is an alternative for epidural analgesia (EA) in labor pain relief. However, it remains unknown whether RPCA is superior to EA in decreasing the ris...

    Authors: Guolin Lu, Wenshui Yao, Xiaofen Chen, Sujing Zhang and Min Zhou

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:151

    Content type: Research article

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  12. As the rate of cesarean section delivery has increased, the incidence of severe maternal morbidity continues to increase. Severe maternal morbidity is associated with high medical costs, extended length of hos...

    Authors: Jin Young Nam and Eun-Cheol Park

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:148

    Content type: Research article

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  13. Despite evidence supporting the safety of vaginal birth after caesarean section (VBAC), rates are low in many countries.

    Authors: Mike Clarke, Declan Devane, Mechthild M. Gross, Sandra Morano, Ingela Lundgren, Marlene Sinclair, Koen Putman, Beverley Beech, Katri Vehviläinen-Julkunen, Marianne Nieuwenhuijze, Hugh Wiseman, Valerie Smith, Deirdre Daly, Gerard Savage, John Newell, Andrew Simpkin…

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:143

    Content type: Research article

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  14. This study investigated the effectiveness of brief midwife-led counseling based on Gamble and colleagues’ approach in decreasing post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and anxiety symptoms among a group o...

    Authors: Leila Asadzadeh, Elham Jafari, Roghieh Kharaghani and Farhad Taremian

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:142

    Content type: Research article

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  15. Placenta percreta is associated with high hemorrhagic risk and can be complicated with fatal thromboembolic events. Involving a multidisciplinary team in the treatment of these patients is mandatory to reduce ...

    Authors: David Atallah, Hicham Abou Zeid, Malak Moubarak, Maya Moussa, Nadine Nassif and Victor Jebara

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:135

    Content type: Case report

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  16. Congenital malformations are structural, functional, and metabolic defects that develop during the organogenesis period and present at birth or later in life. There has been little research on congenital malfo...

    Authors: Alemayehu Gonie Mekonnen, Alemu Girma Hordofa, Tamiru Tesfaye Kitila and Adem Sav

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:129

    Content type: Research article

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  17. The increasing rate of caesarean deliveries (CD) has become a serious concern for public health experts globally. Despite this health concern, research on factors associated CD in many low- and -middle countri...

    Authors: Abdul-Aziz Seidu, John Elvis Hagan Jr., Wonder Agbemavi, Bright Opoku Ahinkorah, Edmond Banafo Nartey, Eugene Budu, Francis Sambah and Thomas Schack

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:114

    Content type: Research article

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  18. Postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) remains a leading cause of maternal mortality. Many trials assessing interventions to prevent PPH base their data on low risk women. It is important to consider the impact data col...

    Authors: Lydia Hawker and Andrew Weeks

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:107

    Content type: Research article

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  19. The prevalence of both placenta previa and cesarean are on the rise. Multiple adverse outcomes are critically increased when placenta previa is subsequent to prior cesarean. The purpose of the present study is...

    Authors: Bin Liu, Songqing Deng, Meifang Lin, Yimin Chen, Jian Cai, Jianbo Yang, Jinxin Zhang, Jianjian Cui, Lixia Shen, Hongning Xie and Zilian Wang

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:81

    Content type: Research article

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  20. Guidelines regarding management of prelabor rupture of membranes (PROM) at term vary between immediate induction and expectant management. A long interval between PROM and delivery increases the risk for perin...

    Authors: Maren Mynarek, Solveig Bjellmo, Stian Lydersen, Kristin Melheim Strand, Jan Egil Afset, Guro L. Andersen and Torstein Vik

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:67

    Content type: Research article

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  21. An antifibrinolytic agent that blocks lysine-binding sites on plasminogen molecules, tranexamic acid reduces bleeding-related mortality in women with postpartum hemorrhage (PPH), especially administered fairly...

    Authors: Loïc Sentilhes, Valérie Daniel and Catherine Deneux-Tharaux

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:63

    Content type: Study protocol

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  22. Women with spinal cord injuries (SCI) represent a high risk population during pregnancy with comparatively few studies in the literature regarding their management and pregnancy outcomes, due to the relative r...

    Authors: Katherine Robertson, Rehana Dawood and Felicity Ashworth

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:56

    Content type: Research article

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  23. Partograph is cost effective and affordable tool designed to provide a continuous pictorial overview and labour progress used to prevent prolonged and obstructed labour. It consists of key information about pr...

    Authors: Azeb Abrham Hagos, Eshetu Cherinet Teka and Genet Degu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:49

    Content type: Research article

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  24. Twin pregnancy has a high risk for developing uterine atony (UA). This study aimed to evaluate efficacy and clinical outcomes of prophylactic compression sutures to treat UA during twin cesarean section (CS).

    Authors: Mi-La Kim, Yoon-Mi Hur, Hyejin Ryu, Min Jin Lee, Seok Ju Seong and Joong Sik Shin

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:40

    Content type: Research article

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  25. A large literature search suggests a relationship between hospital/surgeon caseload volume and surgical complications. In this study, we describe associations between post-operative maternal complications foll...

    Authors: Philip S. J. Leonard, Dan L. Crouse, Jonathan G. Boudreau, Neeru Gupta and James T. McDonald

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:37

    Content type: Research article

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  26. Women with a migration background are reportedly at a higher risk of emergency caesarean section. There is evidence that this is due in part to suboptimal antenatal care use and quality of care. Despite the fa...

    Authors: C. Miani, A. Ludwig, J. Breckenkamp, O. Sauzet, I-M Doyle, C. Hoeller-Holtrichter, J. Spallek and O. Razum

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:32

    Content type: Research article

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  27. Maternal mental health including postpartum mental health is essential to women’s health. This study aimed to develop a specific measure for assessing postpartum depression literacy and consequently evaluate i...

    Authors: Fatemeh Mirsalimi, Fazlollah Ghofranipour, Azita Noroozi and Ali Montazeri

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:13

    Content type: Research article

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  28. Childbirth remains a uniquely multifaceted, mental-cognitive and a major life experience to women. It is composed of a variety of psycho social and emotional aspects and creates memories, sometimes bad experie...

    Authors: Agani Afaya, Veronica Millicent Dzomeku, Elizabeth A. Baku, Richard Adongo Afaya, Mavis Ofori, Samuel Agyeibi, Frederick Boateng, Rosemond Ohwui Gamor, Elsie Gyasi-Kwofie and Prudence P. Mwini Nyaledzigbor

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:8

    Content type: Research article

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  29. The 90% effective dose (ED90) of oxytocin infusion has been previously estimated to be 16.2 IU h− 1. However, bolus administration of oxytocin prior to the infusion may decrease the infusion dose required. The ai...

    Authors: Xiao Wei Qian, Dan M. Drzymalski, Chang Cheng Lv, Fei He Guo, Lu Yang Wang and Xin Zhong Chen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 20:6

    Content type: Research article

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  30. The early postpartum period is the most stressful period for a new mother, who is assuming new roles and responsibilities in life, and must deal with the demands from her newborn baby and her own care needs. L...

    Authors: Xiao Xiao, Fei-wan Ngai, She-ning Zhu and Alice Yuen Loke

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 20:5

    Content type: Research article

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  31. Given the sudden and unexpected nature of an emergency caesarean section (EmCS) coupled with an increased risk of psychological distress, it is particularly important to understand the psychosocial outcomes fo...

    Authors: Madeleine Benton, Amy Salter, Nicole Tape, Chris Wilkinson and Deborah Turnbull

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:535

    Content type: Research article

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  32. Pain control and the stress associated with labor and delivery are among the most important issues of health care system. Use of distraction techniques during childbirth is reported to reduce pain and stress o...

    Authors: Paria Amiri, Mojgan Mirghafourvand, Khalil Esmaeilpour, Mahin Kamalifard and Reyhaneh Ivanbagha

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:534

    Content type: Research article

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  33. To systematically review the literature on clinical interventions that influence vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) rates.

    Authors: Aireen Wingert, Lisa Hartling, Meghan Sebastianski, Cydney Johnson, Robin Featherstone, Ben Vandermeer and R. Douglas Wilson

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:529

    Content type: Research article

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  34. We report a process to identify and prioritise research questions in preterm birth that are most important to people affected by preterm birth and healthcare practitioners in the United Kingdom and Republic of...

    Authors: Sandy Oliver, Seilin Uhm, Lelia Duley, Sally Crowe, Anna L. David, Catherine P. James, Zoe Chivers, Gill Gyte, Chris Gale, Mark Turner, Bev Chambers, Irene Dowling, Jenny McNeill, Fiona Alderdice, Andrew Shennan and Sanjeev Deshpande

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:528

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  35. In Syria, there are no previous studies on postpartum depression. The aim of this study is was identify the prevalence of postpartum depression and investigate its risk factors among Syrian women seen at the P...

    Authors: Mayada Roumieh, Hyam Bashour, Mayada Kharouf and Salah Chaikha

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:519

    Content type: Research article

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  36. Intrapartum fetal mortality can be prevented by quality emergency obstetrics and newborn care (EmONC) during pregnancy and childbirth. This study evaluated the effectiveness of a low-dose high-frequency onsite...

    Authors: Duncan N. Shikuku, Rita Mukosa, Taphroze Peru, Alice Yaite, Janerose Ambuchi and Kenneth Sisimwo

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:518

    Content type: Research article

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  37. To scale up a comprehensive way of implementation to reduce neonatal mortality evaluation of factors for neonatal near-miss cases is very important. Certain studies were done in assessing near-miss cases, but ...

    Authors: Abera Mersha, Agegnehu Bante and Shitaye Shibiru

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:516

    Content type: Research article

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  38. In New South Wales (NSW) Australia, women at low risk of complications can choose from three birth settings: home, birth centre and hospital. Between 2000 and 2012, around 6.4% of pregnant women planned to giv...

    Authors: Vanessa L. Scarf, Rosalie Viney, Serena Yu, Maralyn Foureur, Chris Rossiter, Hannah Dahlen, Charlene Thornton, Seong Leang Cheah and Caroline S. E. Homer

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:513

    Content type: Research article

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  39. Unplanned out-of-hospital birth is generally assumed to occur for women who are multiparous, have a history of a short pushing phase of labour or are experiencing a precipitate birth. However, there is little ...

    Authors: Belinda Flanagan, Bill Lord, Rachel Reed and Gail Crimmins

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:490

    Content type: Research article

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  40. Early postpartum facility discharge negatively impacts mothers’ proper and effective use postnatal care. Cognizant of these facts, home-based postnatal care practices have been promoted to complement facility-...

    Authors: Gizachew Tadele Tiruneh, Chalachew Bekele Shiferaw and Alemayehu Worku

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:507

    Content type: Research article

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  41. Maternal heart rate artefact is a signal processing error whereby the fetal heart rate is masked by the maternal pulse, potentially leading to danger by failure to recognize an abnormal fetal heart rate or a p...

    Authors: Daniel J. Kiely, Lawrence W. Oppenheimer and James C. Dornan

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:501

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  42. The technique used in the repair of a perineal injury resulting from childbirth could avoid discomfort and morbidity during the postpartum period. Recent studies show inconsistent results and support the need ...

    Authors: Juan Miguel Martínez-Galiano, Beatriz Arredondo-López, Leticia Molina-Garcia, Ana Maria Cámara-Jurado, Eva Cocera-Ruiz and Miguel Rodríguez-Delgado

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:499

    Content type: Research article

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  43. The trial of labor after cesarean section (TOLAC) is a relatively new technique in mainland of China, and epidural analgesia is one of the risk factors for uterine rupture. This study aimed to evaluate the eff...

    Authors: Jing Sun, Xuetao Yan, Aiwu Yuan, Xiaolei Huang, Yuci Xiao, Liwei Zou, Danyong Liu, Ting Huang, Zhao Zheng and Yuantao Li

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:498

    Content type: Research article

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  44. As a quality marker and a tool for benchmarking between units, a visual analogue scale (VAS) (ranging from 1 to 10) to estimate woman’s satisfaction with childbirth was introduced in 2014. This study aimed to ...

    Authors: Maja Falk, Marie Nelson and Marie Blomberg

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:494

    Content type: Research article

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  45. Prolonged latent phase of labor is associated with adverse maternal and neonatal outcomes. Preliminary data indicate that labor induction for prolonged latent phase may reduce cesarean delivery. We performed a...

    Authors: Patrick Naveen Sargunam, Lindy Li Mei Bak, Peng Chiong Tan, Narayanan Vallikkannu, Mat Adenan Noor Azmi, Syeda Nureena Zaidi, Sandar Tin Win and Siti Zawiah Omar

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:493

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  46. Obstetric hemorrhage is one of the most common causes of obstetrical morbidity and mortality, and transfusion is the most important management for hemorrhage. The aim of our study was to investigate the pre-pr...

    Authors: Yung-Taek Ouh, Kyu-Min Lee, Ki Hoon Ahn, Soon-Cheol Hong, Min-Jeong Oh, Hai-Joong Kim, Sung Won Han and Geum Joon Cho

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:477

    Content type: Research article

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