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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: 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Content type: Research article

    Postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) is a major cause of maternal mortality and morbidity worldwide. Experimental and clinical studies indicate that prolonged oxytocin exposure in the first or second stage of labour m...

    Authors: Karin Bischoff, Monika Nothacker, Cornelius Lehane, Britta Lang, Joerg Meerpohl and Christine Schmucker

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:399

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Given the controversy around mode of delivery, our objective was to assess the evidence regarding the safest mode of delivery for actively resuscitated extremely preterm cephalic/non-cephalic twin pairs before...

    Authors: Catherine Dagenais, Anne-Mary Lewis-Mikhael, Marinela Grabovac, Amit Mukerji and Sarah D. McDonald

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:397

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Supporting early mother-infant relationships to ensure infants’ future health has been recommended. The aim of this study was to investigate whether video feedback using the Marte Meo method promotes a healthy...

    Authors: Ingeborg Hedegaard Kristensen, Marianne Simonsen, Tea Trillingsgaard and Hanne Kronborg

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:379

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  11. Content type: Research article

    To examine the impact of occiput posterior position, compared to occiput anterior position, on neonatal outcomes in a setting where delayed pushing is practiced. The specific aim was to estimate the risk of ac...

    Authors: Kristina Dahlqvist and Maria Jonsson

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:377

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  12. Content type: Study protocol

    The increasing rate of intrapartum cesarean sections is subject of attention and concern as it is associated with adverse outcomes. Labor dystocia is one of the most frequent indications for cesarean sections ...

    Authors: Stine Bernitz, Rebecka Dalbye, Pål Øian, Jun Zhang, Torbjørn Moe Eggebø and Ellen Blix

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:370

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) is the leading cause of maternal deaths worldwide. This study sought to quantify the potential health impact (morbidity and mortality reductions) that a low-cost uterine balloon tam...

    Authors: Tara Herrick, Mercy Mvundura, Thomas F. Burke and Elizabeth Abu-Haydar

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:374

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  14. Content type: Research article

    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,...

    Authors: Roeland Odijk, Bernadette Hennipman, Melek Rousian, Khadija Madani, Marja Dijksterhuis, Jan Willem de Leeuw and Arjan van Hof

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:355

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  15. Content type: Research article

    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...

    Authors: Kandice A. Kapinos, Olga Yakusheva and Marianne Weiss

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:343

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  16. Content type: Research article

    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...

    Authors: 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

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:320

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  17. Content type: Research article

    In childbirth, most deliveries are low-risk, defined as spontaneous labor at full term without special high-risk facts or complications, especially in high-resource countries where maternal and perinatal morta...

    Authors: Kayo Ueda, Shosuke Ohtera, Misato Kaso and Takeo Nakayama

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:315

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  18. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:317

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  19. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:309

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Obstetric anal sphincter injury (OASI) is a rare but serious outcome of vaginal birth. Based on concerns about the increasing number of women who commence childbearing later than previous generation, this stud...

    Authors: Ulla Waldenström and Cecilia Ekéus

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:306

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