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

    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

  2. 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

  3. Research article

    Intermittent auscultation versus continuous fetal monitoring: exploring factors that influence birthing unit nurses’ fetal surveillance practice using theoretical domains framework

    Intermittent Auscultation (IA) is the recommended method of fetal surveillance for healthy women in labour. However, the majority of women receive continuous electronic monitoring. We used the Theoretical Doma...

    Andrea M. Patey, Janet A. Curran, Ann E. Sprague, Jill J. Francis, S. Michelle Driedger, France Légaré, Louise Lemyre, Marie-Pascale A. Pomey and Jeremy M. Grimshaw

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:320

    Published on: 25 September 2017

  4. Research article

    Variation in clinical decision-making for induction of labour: a qualitative study

    Unexplained variation in induction of labour (IOL) rates exist between hospitals, even after accounting for casemix and hospital differences. We aimed to explore factors that influence clinical decision-making...

    Tanya A. Nippita, Maree Porter, Sean K. Seeho, Jonathan M. Morris and Christine L. Roberts

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:317

    Published on: 22 September 2017

  5. Research article

    The design and implementation of an obstetric triage system for unscheduled pregnancy related attendances: a mixed methods evaluation

    No standardised system of triage exists in Maternity Care and local audit identified this to be problematic. We designed, implemented and evaluated an Obstetric Triage System in a large UK maternity unit. This...

    Sara Kenyon, Alistair Hewison, Sophie-Anna Dann, Jolene Easterbrook, Catherine Hamilton-Giachritsis, April Beckmann and Nina Johns

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:309

    Published on: 18 September 2017

  6. Study protocol

    THISTLE: trial of hands-on Interprofessional simulation training for local emergencies: a research protocol for a stepped-wedge clustered randomised controlled trial

    Many adverse pregnancy outcomes in the UK could be prevented with better intrapartum care. Training for intrapartum emergencies has been widely recommended but there are conflicting data about their effectiven...

    Erik Lenguerrand, Catherine Winter, Karen Innes, Graeme MacLennan, Dimitrios Siassakos, Pauline Lynch, Alan Cameron, Joanna Crofts, Alison McDonald, Kirsty McCormack, Mark Forrest, John Norrie, Siladitya Bhattacharya and Tim Draycott

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:294

    Published on: 7 September 2017

  7. Research article

    Vaginal delivery: how does early hospital discharge affect mother and child outcomes? A systematic literature review

    There is an international trend to shorten the postpartum length of stay in hospitals, driven by cost containment, hospital bed availability and a movement toward the ‘demedicalization’ of birth. The aim of th...

    Nadia Benahmed, Lorena San Miguel, Carl Devos, Nicolas Fairon and Wendy Christiaens

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:289

    Published on: 6 September 2017

  8. Research article

    Health professional’s knowledge and use of the partograph in public health institutions in eastern Ethiopia: a cross-sectional study

    The partograph is a vital tool for health professionals who need to be able to identify pathological labor. It is used to recognize complications in childbirth on time and to take appropriate actions. We aimed...

    Haymanot Mezmur, Agumasie Semahegn and Balewgizie Sileshi Tegegne

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:291

    Published on: 6 September 2017

  9. Study protocol

    Pessary or Progesterone to Prevent Preterm delivery in women with short cervical length: the Quadruple P randomised controlled trial

    Preterm birth is in quantity and in severity the most important topic in obstetric care in the developed world. Progestogens and cervical pessaries have been studied as potential preventive treatments with con...

    Maud D. van Zijl, Bouchra Koullali, Christiana A. Naaktgeboren, Ewoud Schuit, Dick J. Bekedam, Etelka Moll, Martijn A. Oudijk, Wilhelmina M. van Baal, Marjon A. de Boer, Henricus Visser, Joris van Drongelen, Flip W. van de Made, Karlijn C. Vollebregt, Moira A. Muller, Mireille N. Bekker, Jozien T. J. Brons…

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:284

    Published on: 4 September 2017

  10. Research article

    The Birth Satisfaction Scale-Revised Indicator (BSS-RI)

    The current study sought to develop a short birth satisfaction indicator utilising items from the Birth Satisfaction Scale-Revised (BSS-R) for use as a brief measure of birth satisfaction and as a possible key...

    Colin R. Martin, Caroline Hollins Martin and Maggie Redshaw

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:277

    Published on: 29 August 2017

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

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