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BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth

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

    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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Content type: Research article

    Intrapartum fetal death, the death of a fetus during labour, is a tragic outcome of pregnancy. The intrapartum death rate of a country is reflective of the care received by mothers and babies in labour and it ...

    Authors: K. McNamara, K. O’Donoghue and R. A. Greene

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:9

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Since 2010, intensive care can be offered in the Netherlands at 24+0 weeks gestation (with parental consent) but the Dutch guideline lacks recommendations on organization, content and preferred decision-making of...

    Authors: Ms Rosa Geurtzen, Arno Van Heijst, Rosella Hermens, Hubertina Scheepers, Mallory Woiski, Jos Draaisma and Marije Hogeveen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:7

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Maternal total weight gain during pregnancy influences adverse obstetric outcomes in singleton pregnancies. However, its impact in twin gestation is less understood. Our objective was to estimate the influence...

    Authors: Paola Algeri, Francesca Pelizzoni, Davide Paolo Bernasconi, Francesca Russo, Maddalena Incerti, Sabrina Cozzolino, Salvatore Andrea Mastrolia and Patrizia Vergani

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:6

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Women’s views are critical for informing the planning and delivery of maternity care services. ST segment analysis (STan) is a promising method to more accurately detect when unborn babies are at risk of brain...

    Authors: Kate Bryson, Chris Wilkinson, Sabrina Kuah, Geoff Matthews and Deborah Turnbull

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:446

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  10. Content type: Case report

    Placenta percreta is a rare obstetric condition associated with the risk of massive intraoperative hemorrhage. Recently, conservative management of placenta percreta has been performed to reduce maternal morbi...

    Authors: Shinya Matsuzaki, Kiyoshi Yoshino, Masayuki Endo, Takuji Tomimatsu, Tsuyoshi Takiuchi, Kazuya Mimura, Keiichi Kumasawa, Yutaka Ueda and Tadashi Kimura

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:443

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Few data are available to guide biological sample collection around the time of birth for large-scale birth cohorts. We are designing a large UK birth cohort to investigate the role of infection and the develo...

    Authors: S. R. Bailey, C. L. Townsend, H. Dent, C. Mallet, E. Tsaliki, E. M. Riley, M. Noursadeghi, T. D. Lawley, A. J. Rodger, P. Brocklehurst and N. Field

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:439

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Unplanned out-of-hospital birth is often perceived as precipitate in nature, ‘infrequent’, ‘normal’ and ‘uncomplicated’. However, international studies report unplanned out-of-hospital birth is associated with...

    Authors: Belinda Flanagan, Bill Lord and Margaret Barnes

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:436

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  13. Content type: Research article

    To determine the cesarean section (CS) rate in Lithuania, identify the groups of women that influence it using the Robson classification and to determine the impact of implementing the use of the Robson classi...

    Authors: Justina Kacerauskiene, Egle Bartuseviciene, Dalia Regina Railaite, Meile Minkauskiene, Arnoldas Bartusevicius, Mindaugas Kliucinskas, Renata Simoliuniene and Ruta J. Nadisauskiene

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:432

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  14. Content type: Study protocol

    Acute post-partum anaemia can be associated with significant morbidity including a predisposition for postnatal depression. Lack of clear practice guidelines means a number of women are treated with multiple b...

    Authors: Seng Chua, Sarika Gupta, Jennifer Curnow, Beata Gidaszewski, Marjan Khajehei and Hayley Diplock

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:424

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Neonatal encephalopathy (NE) affects 2–4/1000 live births with outcomes ranging from negligible neurological deficits to severe neuromuscular dysfunction, cerebral palsy and death. Hypoxic ischemic encephalopa...

    Authors: Vanessa E. Torbenson, Mary Catherine Tolcher, Kate M. Nesbitt, Christopher E. Colby, Sherif A. EL-Nashar, Bobbie S. Gostout, Amy L. Weaver, Michaela E. Mc Gree and Abimbola O. Famuyide

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:415

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Breast milk is known to contain many bioactive hormones and peptides, which can influence infant growth and development. In this context, the purpose of this study was to evaluate the influence of different cl...

    Authors: Marina Nunes, Clécio Homrich da Silva, Vera Lucia Bosa, Juliana Rombaldi Bernardi, Isabel Cristina Ribas Werlang and Marcelo Zubaran Goldani

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:410

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Caesarean delivery rate is increasing gradually in China and there is no doubt that delivery mode is closely associated with the maternal health and infant development.This study examined the independent effec...

    Authors: Yabin Hu, Kun Huang, Yuanfang Sun, Jianqing Wang, Yeqing Xu, Shuangqin Yan, Peng Zhu and Fangbiao Tao

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:407

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Up to now, there is controversy over the effect of delivery mode cesarean delivery and spontaneous vaginal delivery on sexual function. Therefore, we did a systematic review and meta-analysis in postpartum wom...

    Authors: Dazhi Fan, Song Li, Wen Wang, Guo Tian, Li Liu, Song Wu, Xiaoling Guo and Zhengping Liu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:408

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Training healthcare providers in Emergency Obstetric Care (EmOC) has been shown to be effective in improving their capacity to provide this critical care package for mothers and babies. However, little is know...

    Authors: Aduragbemi Banke-Thomas, Megan Wilson-Jones, Barbara Madaj and Nynke van den Broek

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:403

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Risks of severe, avoidable maternal and neonatal complications at birth are increased if the birth occurs before arrival at the health facility and in the absence of skilled birth attendants. Birth Before Arri...

    Authors: Sikhulile Khupakonke, Andy Beke and Donald H. A. Amoko

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:401

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