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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. There is an increasing global trend towards the widespread over-medicalisation of labour and childbirth. The present study aimed to investigate pregnant women’s clinical characteristics, intrapartum interventi...

    Authors: Chunyi Gu, Xiaojiao Wang, Zhijie Zhang, Simone Schwank, Chunxiang Zhu, Zheng Zhang and Xu Qian

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:386

    Content type: Research article

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  2. More than 85% of women sustain different degrees of trauma during vaginal birth. Randomized controlled trials on childbirth pelvic floor trauma have reported a wide range of outcomes and used different outcome...

    Authors: Stergios K. Doumouchtsis, Maria Patricia Rada, Vasilios Pergialiotis, Gabriele Falconi, Jorge Milhem Haddad and Cornelia Betschart

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:376

    Content type: Study protocol

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  3. Research regarding support provided for poor maternal postnatal mental health (such as depression, anxiety disorders, and postpartum psychosis) is relatively common. Fathers appear to play an important role su...

    Authors: Andrew Mayers, Sarah Hambidge, Olivia Bryant and Emily Arden-Close

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:359

    Content type: Research article

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  4. In low-resource settings with few health workers, Fetal Heart Rate (FHR) monitoring in labour can be inconsistent and unreliable. An initiative to improve fetal monitoring was implemented in two public hospita...

    Authors: K. Borzie, N. Jasper, D. P. Southall, R. MacDonald, A. A. Kola, O. Dolo, A. Magnus, S. D. Watson, M. Casement, B. Dahn and W. Jallah

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:362

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Manual perineal protection (MPP) is an intrapartum intervention suggested to protect perineal integrity during childbirth. Proper execution of MPP is complex and evaluation of its true contribution is difficul...

    Authors: Vladimir Kalis, Zdenek Rusavy, Linda Havelkova, Tomas Zitka, David Tolar and Khaled M. Ismail

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:361

    Content type: Research article

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  6. The incidence of thromboembolic complications is highest in the immediate postpartum period, especially following caesarean delivery (CD). Ambulation following CD is important in their prevention. We examined ...

    Authors: Hadas Ganer Herman, Masha Ben Zvi, Daniel Tairy, Ilia Kleiner, Noa Gonen, Limor Kuper Sason, Jacob Bar and Michal Kovo

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:353

    Content type: Research article

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  7. It is discussed whether fetal scalp stimulation (FSS) test is a reliable complimentary tool to cardiotocography (CTG) to assess fetal wellbeing during labor. The test is based on the assumption that a well-oxy...

    Authors: Farzaneh Shakouri, Linda Iorizzo, Hellen Mc Kinnon Edwards, Christina Anne Vinter, Karl Kristensen, Per-Erik Isberg and Nana Wiberg

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:347

    Content type: Research article

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  8. The provision of epidural analgesia during labor is ideally a shared decision between the woman and her health care provider. However, immigrant characteristics such as maternal birthplace could affect decisio...

    Authors: Åsa Henning Waldum, Anne Flem Jacobsen, Mirjam Lukasse, Anne Cathrine Staff, Ragnhild Sørum Falk, Siri Vangen and Ingvil Krarup Sørbye

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:321

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Annually, 18 million babies are born to mothers 18 years or less. Two thirds of these births take place in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Due to social and biological factors, adolescent mothers have a hig...

    Authors: Rejina Gurung, Mats Målqvist, Zhou Hong, Pragya Gautam Poudel, Avinash K. Sunny, Srijana Sharma, Sangeeta Mishra, Nisso Nurova and Ashish KC

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:318

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Surgical site infection (SSI) affects nearly one third of patients who have undergone a surgical procedure. It is a significant and substantial cause of surgical patient morbidity and mortality later with huma...

    Authors: Temesgen Getaneh, Ayenew Negesse and Getenet Dessie

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:311

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Mothers’ satisfaction with care during childbirth is indicators of the quality care which affects skilled birth attendance. Negative client’s experiences at health facilities cause them to delay or avoid seeki...

    Authors: Gizachew Abdissa Bulto, Dereje Bayissa Demissie, Tefera Likasa Tasu and Getu Alemu Demisse

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:303

    Content type: Research article

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  12. To evaluate the perinatal status of neonates delivered by assisted vaginal delivery (AVD) versus second-stage caesarean birth (CS).

    Authors: Paul Eze, Lucky Osaheni Lawani, Raphael Ugochukwu Chikezie, Chukwuemeka Ikechi Ukaegbe and Chukwuemeka Anthony Iyoke

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:298

    Content type: Research article

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  13. The Majority (99%) of maternal deaths occur in low and middle-income countries. The three most important causes of maternal deaths in these regions are postpartum hemorrhage, pre-eclampsia and puerperal sepsis...

    Authors: Samina Bakhtawar, Sana Sheikh, Rahat Qureshi, Zahra Hoodbhoy, Beth Payne, Iqbal Azam, Peter von Dadelszen and Laura Magee

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:297

    Content type: Research article

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  14. Birth satisfaction represents a complex construct of implicit and profound relevance to a woman’s perceived birth experience. It correlates with the childbearing woman’s experience of the quality of care recei...

    Authors: Mohd Noor Norhayati, Adnan Fatin Imtithal and Mat Junoh Nor Akma

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:295

    Content type: Research article

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  15. The Support and Control in Birth (SCIB) scale primarily measures the perceived support and control of expectant mothers during childbirth, thereby obtaining an understanding of their birth experiences. The adv...

    Authors: Shu-Yu Liu, Yu-Ying Lu, Meei-Ling Gau and Chieh-Yu Liu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:293

    Content type: Research article

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  16. The continue increase of interventions during labour in low risk population is a controversial issue of the current obstetric literature, given the lack of evidence demonstrating the benefits of unnecessary in...

    Authors: Alessandro Svelato, Antonio Ragusa and Piero Manfredi

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:279

    Content type: Research article

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  17. The attendance to the gynecological-emergency-room (GER) of women only a few weeks following previous discharge after birth comprises a medical as well as social problem. The objective of the study was to char...

    Authors: Alina Weissmann-Brenner, Ishai Heusler, Renana Manteka, Mordechai Dulitzky and Micha Baum

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:278

    Content type: Research article

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  18. Visual estimation of blood loss following delivery often under-reports actual bleed volume. To improve accuracy, quantitative blood loss measurement was introduced for all births in the 12 hospitals providing ...

    Authors: Sarah F. Bell, Adam Watkins, Miriam John, Elinore Macgillivray, Thomas L. Kitchen, Donna James, Cerys Scarr, Christopher M. Bailey, Kevin P. Kelly, Kathryn James, Jenna L. Stevens, Tracey Edey, Rachel E. Collis and Peter W. Collins

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:271

    Content type: Research article

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  19. Guidelines and description about the achievement of the McRoberts manoeuvre are discordant, particularly concerning the need for abduction before the beginning of the manoeuvre. We sought to compare the biomec...

    Authors: David Desseauve, Laetitia Fradet, Robert B. Gherman, Yosra Cherni, Bertrand Gachon and Fabrice Pierre

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:264

    Content type: Research article

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  20. The debate surrounding the management of term breech presentation has excessively focused on the mode of delivery. Indeed, a steady decline in the rate of vaginal breech delivery has been observed over the las...

    Authors: Lionel Carbillon, Amelie Benbara, Ahmed Tigaizin, Rouba Murtada, Marion Fermaut, Fatma Belmaghni, Alexandre Bricou and Jeremy Boujenah

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:263

    Content type: Debate

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  21. The continuum of maternal care has been one of the effective approaches for improving the health of mothers and newborns. Although large numbers of Ethiopian women do not use maternal health services, points o...

    Authors: Amanu Aragaw Emiru, Getu Degu Alene and Gurmesa Tura Debelew

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:258

    Content type: Research article

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  22. Radical tracheletomy (RT) with pelvic lymphadenectomy has become an option for young patients with early invasive uterine cervical cancer who desire to maintain their fertility. However, this operative method ...

    Authors: Shota Shinkai, Shinichi Ishioka, Tasuku Mariya, Yuya Fujibe, Miseon Kim, Masayuki Someya and Tsuyoshi Saito

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:248

    Content type: Research article

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  23. The association between the number of vaginal examinations (VEs) performed during labor and the risk of infection is unclear. The literature regarding this issue is not consensual, and the available studies ar...

    Authors: Ohad Gluck, Yossi Mizrachi, Hadas Ganer Herman, Jacob Bar, Michal Kovo and Eran Weiner

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:246

    Content type: Research article

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  24. Bimanual clot evacuation (BCE) is a simple clinical manoeuvre that may reduce need for surgical intervention in the management of severe postpartum haemorrhage (PPH). We sought to determine whether performing ...

    Authors: Pui Ru Koh, Daria Di Filippo, Andrew Bisits and Alec W. Welsh

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:245

    Content type: Research article

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  25. Data linking labor pain and postpartum depression are emerging. Robust, prospective evaluations of this relationship while factoring other important variables are lacking. We assessed perinatal pain and other ...

    Authors: Grace Lim, Kelsea R. LaSorda, Lia M. Farrell, Ann M. McCarthy, Francesca Facco and Ajay D. Wasan

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:240

    Content type: Research article

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  26. Research focusing on paternal mental health is limited, especially regarding the impact of the experience of poor mental health in the perinatal period. For example, little is known about the experiences of fa...

    Authors: Emily Daniels, Emily Arden-Close and Andrew Mayers

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:236

    Content type: Research article

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  27. Induction of labor by Oxytocin is a routine obstetric procedure. However, little is known regarding the optimal dose of oxytocin so as to bring successful induction. This study was aimed at comparing the effec...

    Authors: Melese Gezahegn Tesemma, Demisew Amenu Sori and Desta Hiko Gemeda

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:232

    Content type: Research article

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  28. Many South Korean women stay in specialized postpartum care centers called Sanhujoriwon for 2 weeks after childbirth, a time which is widely recognized as a critical period for maternal role adjustment. Mothers’ ...

    Authors: Ju-Eun Song, Hyun-Ju Chae, Jung Mi Ko, Jeong In Yang and Tiffany Kim

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:227

    Content type: Research article

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  29. Twin pregnancies with uterine fibroid(s) (UFs) may not be at increased risk for obstetric complications compared to those without UFs. However, there was no reported comparison study with obstetric outcomes an...

    Authors: Mi-La Kim, Kirim Hong, Sohyun Kim, Min Jin Lee, Sung Shin Shim, Yoon-Mi Hur and Joong Sik Shin

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:222

    Content type: Research article

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  30. Sick neonates can be early readmitted if and only if their mothers have good knowledge of the key neonatal danger signs at first discharge. Thus, it was aimed to assess the level and determinants of maternal k...

    Authors: Wubet Alebachew Bayih, Biniam Minuye Birhan, Abebaw Yeshambel and Molla Asfaw

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:218

    Content type: Research article

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  31. Postpartum haemorrhage from vaginal lacerations can occasionally be refractory to suturing and vaginal packing. Bakri uterine balloon has been widely adopted to stop uterine bleeding, but its use to stop bleed...

    Authors: Choi Wah Kong and William Wing Kee To

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:214

    Content type: Case report

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  32. To determine the effects of previous placenta previa on the maternal and neonatal outcomes of the next pregnancy.

    Authors: Lizi Zhang, Shilei Bi, Lili Du, Jingjin Gong, Jingsi Chen, Wen Sun, Xinyang Shen, Jingman Tang, Luwen Ren, Guolu Chai, Zhijian Wang and Dunjin Chen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:212

    Content type: Research article

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  33. Variation exists regarding perinatal depression screening. A two-step screening method has been recommended. According to a maternity-focused core outcome set developed by the International Consortium for Heal...

    Authors: Valerie Slavin, Debra K. Creedy and Jenny Gamble

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:211

    Content type: Research article

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  34. The rate of cesarean section is increasing in all over the world with different drafts in various countries. This growth increases unpleasant outcomes of delivery. Recent studies explained the benefits of date...

    Authors: Alireza Bagherzadeh Karimi, Asghar Elmi, Mojgan Mirghafourvand and Roghaiyeh Baghervand Navid

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:210

    Content type: Research article

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  35. Induction of labor refers to iatrogenic stimulation of uterine contractions before the onset of spontaneous labor as a therapeutic option when benefits of expeditious delivery outweigh the risks of continuing ...

    Authors: Garang Dakjur Lueth, Angesom Kebede and Araya Abrha Medhanyie

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:203

    Content type: Research article

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  36. Women’s experiences of labour and birth can have both short- and long-term effects on their physical and psychological health. The original Swedish version of the Childbirth Experience Questionnaire (CEQ) has ...

    Authors: Anna Dencker, Liselotte Bergqvist, Marie Berg, Josephine T. V. Greenbrook, Christina Nilsson and Ingela Lundgren

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:199

    Content type: Research article

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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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