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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. Content type: Research article

    The World Health Organization estimates the prevalence of preterm birth to be 5–18% across 184 countries of the world. Statistics from countries with reliable data show that preterm birth is on the rise. About...

    Authors: Peter Wagura, Aggrey Wasunna, Ahmed Laving, Dalton Wamalwa and Paul Ng’ang’a

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:107

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    Evidence suggests that home birth is as safe as hospital birth for low risk multiparous women, and is associated with reduced intervention rates and increased rates of normal birth. However the home birth rate...

    Authors: Jo Naylor Smith, Beck Taylor, Karen Shaw, Alistair Hewison and Sara Kenyon

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:105

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    At present, the maternity care system in the Netherlands is being reorganized into an integrated model of care, shifting the focus of midwives to include increasing numbers of births in hospital settings and c...

    Authors: Suzanne M. Thompson, Marianne J. Nieuwenhuijze, Luc Budé, Raymond de Vries and Lisa Kane Low

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:100

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Having high-quality data available by 2020, disaggregated by income, is one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SGD). We explored how well coverage with skilled birth attendance (SBA) is predicted by asset-b...

    Authors: Gary Joseph, Inácio C. M. da Silva, Günther Fink, Aluisio J. D. Barros and Cesar G. Victora

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:104

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  5. Content type: Research article

    The Doppler is thought to be more comfortable and effective compared to the fetoscope for assessing the fetal heart rate (FHR) during labor. However, in a rural Tanzanian hospital, midwives who had easy access...

    Authors: Paschal Francis Mdoe, Hege Langli Ersdal, Estomih Mduma, Robert Moshiro, Hussein Kidanto and Columba Mbekenga

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:103

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  6. Content type: Study protocol

    Epidural analgesia during labor can provide effective pain relief, but can also lead to adverse effects. The practice of moderate exercise during pregnancy is associated with an increased level of endorphins i...

    Authors: Araceli Navas, Catalina Artigues, Alfonso Leiva, Elena Portells, Aina Soler, Antonia Cladera, Silvia Ortas, Margarita Alomar, Marina Gual, Concepción Manzanares, Marina Brunet, Magdalena Julià, Lidia López, Lorena Granda, Miquel Bennasar-Veny and Mari Carmen Carrascosa

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:94

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Pregnancy, birth and adjusting to a new baby is a potentially stressful time that can negatively affect women’s mental and physical health. Expressive writing, where people write about a stressful event for at...

    Authors: Rosalind Crawley, Susan Ayers, Susan Button, Alexandra Thornton, Andy P. Field, Suzanne Lee, Andrew Eagle, Robert Bradley, Donna Moore, Gill Gyte and Helen Smith

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:75

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  8. Content type: Research article

    The use of synthetic oxytocin for augmentation of labor is rapidly increasing worldwide. Hyper-stimulation is the most significant side effect, which may cause fetal distress and operative delivery. We perform...

    Authors: L. C. Gaudernack, K. F. Frøslie, T. M. Michelsen, N. Voldner and M. Lukasse

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:76

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Prior to the advent of modern obstetric services, traditional birth attendants (TBAs) have rendered services to pregnant women and women in labour for a long time. Although it is anticipated that women in cont...

    Authors: Lydia Aziato and Cephas N. Omenyo

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:64

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Although pregnancy-related laparotomy is a major intervention, literature is limited to small case-control or single center studies. We aimed to identify national incidence rates for postpartum laparotomy rela...

    Authors: Tom Witteveen, Athanasios Kallianidis, Joost J. Zwart, Kitty W. Bloemenkamp, Jos van Roosmalen and Thomas van den Akker

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:61

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    Despite the introduction of evidence based guidelines and practical courses, the incidence of postpartum hemorrhage shows an increasing trend in developed countries. Substandard care is often found, which impl...

    Authors: Suzan M. de Visser, Mallory D. Woiski, Richard P. Grol, Frank P. H. A. Vandenbussche, Marlies E. J. L. Hulscher, Hubertina C. J. Scheepers and Rosella P. M. G. Hermens

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:49

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Active management of the third stage of labor (AMTSL) describes interventions with the common goal to prevent postpartum hemorrhage (PPH). In low- and middle-income countries, implementation of AMTSL is hamper...

    Authors: Tessa M. Raams, Joyce L. Browne, Verena J. M. M. Festen-Schrier, Kerstin Klipstein-Grobusch and Marcus J. Rijken

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:47

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  13. Content type: Study protocol

    Reducing stillbirth and early neonatal death is a national priority in the UK. Current evidence indicates this is potentially achievable through application of four key interventions within routine maternity c...

    Authors: Kate Widdows, Holly E. Reid, Stephen A. Roberts, Elizabeth M. Camacho and Alexander E. P. Heazell

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:43

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  14. Content type: Research article

    The stillbirth rate is an indicator of quality of care during pregnancy and delivery. Good quality care is supported by a functional heath system. The objective of this study was to explore the risk factors fo...

    Authors: Sutapa Bandyopadhyay Neogi, Jyoti Sharma, Preeti Negandhi, Monika Chauhan, Siddharth Reddy and Ghanashyam Sethy

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:33

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    There is a gap in knowledge and understanding relating to the experiences of women exposed to the opportunity of waterbirth. Our aim was to explore the perceptions and experiences of women who achieved or did ...

    Authors: Lucy Lewis, Yvonne L. Hauck, Caroline Crichton, Courtney Barnes, Corrinne Poletti, Helen Overing, Louise Keyes and Brooke Thomson

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:23

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Caesarean delivery carries a risk of major intra-operative blood loss and its performance is often delayed by non-availability of blood and blood products. Unnecessary cross-matching and reservation of blood l...

    Authors: Fatimat M. Akinlusi, Kabiru A. Rabiu, Idayat A. Durojaiye, Adeniyi A. Adewunmi, Tawaqualit A. Ottun and Yusuf A. Oshodi

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:24

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  17. Content type: Research article

    To compare experienced continuity of care among women who received midwife-led versus obstetrician-led care. Secondly, to compare experienced continuity of care with a. experienced quality of care during labor...

    Authors: Hilde Perdok, Corine J. Verhoeven, Jeroen van Dillen, Tjerk Jan Schuitmaker, Karla Hoogendoorn, Jolanda Colli, François G. Schellevis and Ank de Jonge

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:13

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  18. Content type: Research article

    The primary aim was to investigate if supervised exercise training during pregnancy could reduce postpartum weight retention (PPWR) three months after delivery in overweight and obese women. We also measured c...

    Authors: Kirsti K. Garnæs, Siv Mørkved, Kjell Å. Salvesen, Øyvind Salvesen and Trine Moholdt

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:18

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Since Misoprostol Vaginal Insert (MVI - Misodel ®) was approved for labor induction in Europe in 2013, to date, no study has been published comparing MVI to Misoprostol vaginal tablets (MVT). The aim of this s...

    Authors: Kjersti Engen Marsdal, Ingvil Krarup Sørbye, Lise C. Gaudernack and Mirjam Lukasse

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:11

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