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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

    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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. Content type: Research article

    Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is predominantly transmitted through mother-to-child transmission (MTCT). To date, it remains unclear whether the method of parturition affects MTCT of HBV. In order to clarify whether ...

    Authors: Mei Yang, Qin Qin, Qiong Fang, Lixin Jiang and Shaofa Nie

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:303

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  12. Content type: Study protocol

    Many adverse pregnancy outcomes in the UK could be prevented with better intrapartum care. Training for intrapartum emergencies has been widely recommended but there are conflicting data about their effectiven...

    Authors: Erik Lenguerrand, Catherine Winter, Karen Innes, Graeme MacLennan, Dimitrios Siassakos, Pauline Lynch, Alan Cameron, Joanna Crofts, Alison McDonald, Kirsty McCormack, Mark Forrest, John Norrie, Siladitya Bhattacharya and Tim Draycott

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:294

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  13. Content type: Research article

    There is an international trend to shorten the postpartum length of stay in hospitals, driven by cost containment, hospital bed availability and a movement toward the ‘demedicalization’ of birth. The aim of th...

    Authors: Nadia Benahmed, Lorena San Miguel, Carl Devos, Nicolas Fairon and Wendy Christiaens

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:289

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  14. Content type: Research article

    The partograph is a vital tool for health professionals who need to be able to identify pathological labor. It is used to recognize complications in childbirth on time and to take appropriate actions. We aimed...

    Authors: Haymanot Mezmur, Agumasie Semahegn and Balewgizie Sileshi Tegegne

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:291

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  15. Content type: Study protocol

    Preterm birth is in quantity and in severity the most important topic in obstetric care in the developed world. Progestogens and cervical pessaries have been studied as potential preventive treatments with con...

    Authors: Maud D. van Zijl, Bouchra Koullali, Christiana A. Naaktgeboren, Ewoud Schuit, Dick J. Bekedam, Etelka Moll, Martijn A. Oudijk, Wilhelmina M. van Baal, Marjon A. de Boer, Henricus Visser, Joris van Drongelen, Flip W. van de Made, Karlijn C. Vollebregt, Moira A. Muller, Mireille N. Bekker, Jozien T. J. Brons…

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:284

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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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