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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

    Knowledge of danger signs of obstetric complications during pregnancy, labour, and postnatal period is the first essential step for appropriate and timely referral. This study aimed to investigate predictors o...

    Authors: Nigus Bililign and Tesfahun Mulatu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:70

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Clinical fetal weight estimation is a common practice in obstetrics. This study aims to evaluate the accuracy of fetal weight estimation by midwives, and to identify factors that may lead to overestimation or ...

    Authors: Assaad Kesrouani, Chady Atallah, Ramzi AbouJaoude, Norma Assaf, Hanaa Khaled and Elie Attieh

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:59

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Vaginal delivery, especially operative assisted vaginal delivery, seems to be a major stressor for the neonate. The objective of this study was to evaluate the stress response after metal cup versus Kiwi Omnic...

    Authors: E. A. Huhn, E. Visca, D. R. Vogt, S. von Felten, E. M. Tinner Oehler, C. Bührer, D. Surbek, R. Zimmermann and I. Hoesli

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:47

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  4. Content type: Research article

    The partograph (or partogram) is recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO), for monitoring labour wellbeing and progress. Concerns about limitations in the way the partograph is used in the clinical c...

    Authors: Carol Bedwell, Karen Levin, Celia Pett and Dame Tina Lavender

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:31

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  5. Content type: Research article

    In high-income countries, the incidence of severe postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) has increased. This has important public health relevance because severe PPH is a leading cause of major maternal morbidity. Howeve...

    Authors: Lill Trine Nyfløt, Irene Sandven, Babill Stray-Pedersen, Silje Pettersen, Iqbal Al-Zirqi, Margit Rosenberg, Anne Flem Jacobsen and Siri Vangen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:17

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  6. Content type: Research article

    How women experience childbirth is acknowledged as critical to the postnatal wellbeing of mother and baby. However there is a knowledge deficit in identifying the important elements of these experiences in ord...

    Authors: Patricia Larkin, Cecily M. Begley and Declan Devane

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:19

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  7. Content type: Research article

    This secondary analysis for the Twin Birth Study, an international, multicenter trial, aimed to compare the cesarean section rates and safety between methods of induction of labor in twin pregnancies.

    Authors: Elad Mei-Dan, Elizabeth V. Asztalos, Andrew R. Willan and Jon F. R. Barrett

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:9

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Maternal ethnicity is a recognized risk factor for stillbirth, such that South Asian women have higher rates than their Caucasian counterparts. However, whether maternal ethnicity is a risk factor for intrapar...

    Authors: Maya Reddy, Euan M. Wallace, Joanne C. Mockler, Lynne Stewart, Michelle Knight, Ryan Hodges, Sasha Skinner and Miranda Davies-Tuck

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:3

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  9. Content type: Research Article

    To investigate perinatal decision-making and the use of obstetric interventions, we examined the effects of antenatal steroids, tocolysis, and delivery mode on birth in a good condition (defined as presence of...

    Authors: Andrei S. Morgan, Neil Marlow, Elizabeth S. Draper, Zarko Alfirević, Enid M. Hennessy and Kate Costeloe

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:390

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Retained placenta is associated with severe postpartum hemorrhage. Its etiology is unknown and its biochemistry has not been studied. We aimed to assess whether levels of the antioxidative enzyme Glutathione P...

    Authors: Margit Endler, Sissel Saltvedt, Mohamed Eweida and Helena Åkerud

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:384

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  11. Content type: Study protocol

    During the year following the birth of a child, 40% of women are estimated to have an unmet need for contraception. The copper IUD provides safe, effective, convenient, and long-term contraceptive protection t...

    Authors: David Canning, Iqbal H. Shah, Erin Pearson, Elina Pradhan, Mahesh Karra, Leigh Senderowicz, Till Bärnighausen, Donna Spiegelman and Ana Langer

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:362

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Caesarean section (CS) rates are increasing worldwide and the most common reason is repeat CS following previous CS. For most women a vaginal birth after a previous CS (VBAC) is a safe option. However, the rat...

    Authors: Ingela Lundgren, Patricia Healy, Margaret Carroll, Cecily Begley, Andrea Matterne, Mechthild M. Gross, Susanne Grylka-Baeschlin, Jane Nicoletti, Sandra Morano, Christina Nilsson and Joan Lalor

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:350

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  13. Content type: Research article

    India accounts for 27 % of world’s neonatal deaths. Although more Indian women deliver in facilities currently than a decade ago, early neonatal mortality has not declined, likely because of insufficient quali...

    Authors: Somesh Kumar, Vikas Yadav, Sudharsanam Balasubramaniam, Yashpal Jain, Chandra Shekhar Joshi, Kailash Saran and Bulbul Sood

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:345

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  14. Content type: Research article

    The increase rates of cesarean section (CS) occurred at the same period as the dramatic increase of childhood overweight/obesity. In China, cesarean section rates have exponentially increased in the last 20 ye...

    Authors: Erigene Rutayisire, Xiaoyan Wu, Kun Huang, Shuman Tao, Yunxiao Chen and Fangbiao Tao

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:338

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  15. Content type: Research article

    McRoberts’ and suprapubic pressure are often recommended as the initial choices of manoeuvres to manage shoulder dystocia, as they are believed to be less invasive compared to other manoeuvres. However, their ...

    Authors: Zara Lin Zau Lok, Yvonne Kwun Yue Cheng and Tak Yeung Leung

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:334

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  16. Content type: Research article

    The use of interventions in childbirth has increased the past decades. There is concern that some women might receive more interventions than they really need. For low-risk women, midwife-led birth settings ma...

    Authors: N. Bolten, A. de Jonge, E. Zwagerman, P. Zwagerman, T. Klomp, J. J. Zwart and C. C. Geerts

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:329

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Women, who have been subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM), can suffer serious and irreversible physical, psychological and psychosexual complications. They have more adverse obstetric outcomes as compa...

    Authors: Nesrin Varol, Angela Dawson, Sabera Turkmani, John J. Hall, Susie Nanayakkara, Greg Jenkins, Caroline S. E. Homer and Kevin McGeechan

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:328

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  18. Content type: Research article

    By increased concerns about the accuracy of the traditional methods to predict outcomes after induction of labor, developing new standards has a great clinical importance. Here, we compared the predictive valu...

    Authors: Soghra Khazardoost, Fahimeh Ghotbizadeh Vahdani, Sahar Latifi, Sedighe Borna, Maryam Tahani, Mohammad Ali Rezaei and Masoomeh Shafaat

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:330

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