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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

    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...

    Authors: Colin R. Martin, Caroline Hollins Martin and Maggie Redshaw

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:277

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  2. Content type: Research article

    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...

    Authors: Stephen Wood, Yacov Rabi, Selphee Tang, Rollin Brant and Susan Ross

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:258

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  3. Content type: Research article

    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,...

    Authors: 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

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:247

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  4. Content type: Research article

    The safety, efficacy, and cost-effectiveness of external cephalic version (ECV) for term breech presentation has been demonstrated. Clinical guidelines recommend ECV for all eligible women, but the uptake of t...

    Authors: Yu Sun Bin, Christine L. Roberts, Michael C. Nicholl and Jane B. Ford

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:244

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  5. Content type: 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. ...

    Authors: Fekade Getachew Hailu, Getnet Tesfaye Yihunie, Ahmed Amdihun Essa and Walelign kindie Tsega

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:243

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  6. Content type: Research article

    To investigate the utility of vaginal placental alpha microglobulin-1 (PAMG-1) protein as a predictor of preterm delivery within 7 days in pregnancies at risk of premature birth.

    Authors: Yasemin Çekmez, Gürkan Kıran, Esra Tuştaş Haberal and Merve Dizdar

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:246

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  7. Content type: Research article

    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.

    Authors: Paulino Vigil-De Gracia, Ricardo Ramirez, Yarelys Durán and Arelis Quintero

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:241

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  8. Content type: Research article

    The cesarean section (CS) rate has increased over recent decades with poor guideline adherence as a possible cause. The objective of this study was to explore barriers and facilitators for delivering optimal c...

    Authors: Sonja Melman, Rachel Hellen Petra Schreurs, Carmen Desiree Dirksen, Anneke Kwee, Jan Gerrit Nijhuis, Nicol Anna Cornelia Smeets, Hubertina Catharina Johanna Scheepers and Rosella Petronella Maria Gemma Hermens

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:230

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  9. Content type: Research article

    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...

    Authors: Caroline C. Geerts, Jeroen van Dillen, Trudy Klomp, Antoine L. M. Lagro-Janssen and Ank de Jonge

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:229

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Obesity is increasing among primipara women. We aimed to describe the association between body mass index (BMI) during early-pregnancy and duration of labour in nulliparous women.

    Authors: Karen Louise Ellekjaer, Thomas Bergholt and Ellen Løkkegaard

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:222

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  11. Content type: Research article

    There has been little success in attempts to reduce the proportion of births with low birth weight (LBW). However, deaths associated with LBW may be prevented with extra attention to warmth, feeding, and preve...

    Authors: Dinesh Neupane, Penny Dawson, Robin Houston, Liladhar Dhakal, Jaganath Sharma, KC Gargi, Christina Lagos, Vishnu Khanal, Shiva Raj Mishra and Per Kallestrup

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:218

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  12. Content type: Research article

    The aim of the present study is to test the hypothesis that Growth Restricted foetuses (FGR) have the tendency to develop more pathological cardiotocograpic tracings during labour than do appropriate for gesta...

    Authors: Silvia Parisi, Clara Monzeglio, Rossella Attini, Marilisa Biolcati, Bianca Masturzo, Manuela Mensa, Marina Mischinelli, Eleonora Pilloni and Tullia Todros

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:209

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Cohort studies may increase or decrease their selection bias as they progress through time. The Western Australian Pregnancy Cohort (Raine) Study has followed 2868 children for over two decades; from fetal int...

    Authors: Scott W. White, Peter R. Eastwood, Leon M. Straker, Leon A. Adams, John P. Newnham, Stephen J. Lye and Craig E. Pennell

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:207

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  14. Content type: Research article

    The efficacy of antenatal corticosteroid treatment for women with threatened preterm birth depends on timely administration within 7 days before delivery. We modelled the probability of delivery within 7 days ...

    Authors: Dane A. De Silva, Sarka Lisonkova, Peter von Dadelszen, Anne R. Synnes and Laura A. Magee

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:202

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Women’s childbirth experience can have immediate as well as long-term positive or negative effects on their life, well-being and health. When evaluating and drawing conclusions from research results, women’s e...

    Authors: Helena Nilvér, Cecily Begley and Marie Berg

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:203

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Obstetricians are often reluctant to grant requests for an elective cesarean section (ECS) due to childbirth fear. To date, it is unknown if an ECS on request improves mental well-being in the mother in the pe...

    Authors: Renske M. Olieman, Femke Siemonsma, Margaux A. Bartens, Susan Garthus-Niegel, Fedde Scheele and Adriaan Honig

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:195

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Postpartum hemorrhage remains the leading cause of maternal morbidity and mortality worldwide. Few population-based studies have examined the epidemiology of massive transfusion for postpartum hemorrhage. The ...

    Authors: Paul I. Ramler, Thomas van den Akker, Dacia D. C. A. Henriquez, Joost J. Zwart and Jos van Roosmalen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:197

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  18. Content type: Case report

    Sheehan’s syndrome occurs because of severe postpartum hemorrhage causing ischemic pituitary necrosis. Sheehan’s syndrome is a well-known condition that is generally diagnosed several years postpartum. However...

    Authors: Shinya Matsuzaki, Masayuki Endo, Yutaka Ueda, Kazuya Mimura, Aiko Kakigano, Tomomi Egawa-Takata, Keiichi Kumasawa, Kiyoshi Yoshino and Tadashi Kimura

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:188

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Labor that progresses faster than anticipated may lead to unplanned out-of-hospital births. With the aim to improve planning of transportation to birthing institutions, this study investigated predictors of ti...

    Authors: Björn Gunnarsson, Eirik Skogvoll, Ingibjörg Hanna Jónsdóttir, Jo Røislien and Alexander Kr Smárason

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:183

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  20. Content type: Research article

    To compare the mode of delivery between planned home versus planned hospital births and to determine if differences in intervention rates could be interpreted as over- or undertreatment.

    Authors: Jacoba van der Kooy, Erwin Birnie, Semiha Denktas, Eric A.P Steegers and Gouke J. Bonsel

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:177

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