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BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth

Maternal health and pregnancy

Section edited by Asma Khalil

This section considers studies regarding all aspects of maternal health during pregnancy, including preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, obesity, anemia, hypertension, alcohol use, and all other aspects of maternal health.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    We assessed the impact of adopting the 2013 World Health Organization (WHO) diagnostic criteria on the rates of gestational diabetes (GDM), pregnancy outcomes and identification of women at future risk of type...

    Authors: Claudia Chi, See Ling Loy, Shiao-Yng Chan, Cherie Choong, Shirong Cai, Shu E. Soh, Kok Hian Tan, Fabian Yap, Peter D. Gluckman, Keith M. Godfrey, Lynette Pei-Chi Shek, Jerry Kok Yen Chan, Michael S. Kramer and Yap-Seng Chong

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:69

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  2. Content type: Study protocol

    Pre-eclampsia (PE) is related to an impaired endothelial function. Endothelial dysfunction accounts for altered vascular reactivity, activation of the coagulation cascade and loss of vascular integrity. Impair...

    Authors: Dominique Mannaerts, Ellen Faes, Jan Gielis, Emeline Van Craenenbroeck, Paul Cos, Marc Spaanderman, Wilfried Gyselaers, Jerome Cornette and Yves Jacquemyn

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:60

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  3. Content type: Research article

    The incidence of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) is rising in all developed countries. This study aimed at assessing the short-term economic burden of GDM from the Italian healthcare system perspective.

    Authors: Michela Meregaglia, Livia Dainelli, Helen Banks, Chiara Benedetto, Patrick Detzel and Giovanni Fattore

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:58

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Preeclampsia is among the leading causes of maternal mortality and morbidity worldwide, occurs in 2-8% of all pregnancies, and is estimated to account for at least 9 % of maternal deaths in Africa. Studies fro...

    Authors: Dorah Mrema, Rolv Terje Lie, Truls Østbye, Michael Johnson Mahande and Anne Kjersti Daltveit

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:56

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  5. Content type: Research article

    HFE hemochromatosis is an inborn error of iron metabolism linked to a defect in the regulation of hepcidin synthesis. This autosomal recessive disease typically manifests later in women than men. Although it is c...

    Authors: Virginie Scotet, Philippe Saliou, Marianne Uguen, Carine L’Hostis, Marie-Christine Merour, Céline Triponey, Brigitte Chanu, Jean-Baptiste Nousbaum, Gerald Le Gac and Claude Ferec

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:53

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  6. Content type: Research article

    We investigated the associations between vitamin D status in early and late pregnancy with neonatal small for gestational age (SGA), low birth weight (LBW) and preterm delivery. Furthermore, associations betwe...

    Authors: Linnea Bärebring, Maria Bullarbo, Anna Glantz, Lena Hulthén, Joy Ellis, Åse Jagner, Inez Schoenmakers, Anna Winkvist and Hanna Augustin

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:51

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Malignancy during pregnancy has become a significant cause of maternal death in developed countries, likely due to both an older pregnant population, and increases of cervical cancer in younger women. Our aim ...

    Authors: Masayuki Sekine, Yoshiyuki Kobayashi, Tsutomu Tabata, Tamotsu Sudo, Ryuichiro Nishimura, Koji Matsuo, Brendan H. Grubbs, Takayuki Enomoto and Tomoaki Ikeda

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:50

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Antenatal care (ANC) has the potential to identify and manage obstetric complications, educate women about risks during pregnancy and promote skilled birth attendance during childbirth. The aim of this study w...

    Authors: Ania Salem, Oriane Lacour, Stefano Scaringella, Josea Herinianasolo, Anne Caroline Benski, Giovanna Stancanelli, Pierre Vassilakos, Patrick Petignat and Nicole Christine Schmidt

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:46

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Experiencing a stillbirth can be a potent stressor for psychological distress in the subsequent pregnancy and possibly after the subsequent birth. The impact on women’s relationship with her partner in the sub...

    Authors: Ida Kathrine Gravensteen, Eva-Marie Jacobsen, Per Morten Sandset, Linda Bjørk Helgadottir, Ingela Rådestad, Leiv Sandvik and Øivind Ekeberg

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:41

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Although Ethiopia is scaling up Maternity Waiting Homes (MWHs) to reduce maternal and perinatal mortality, women’s use of MWHs varies markedly between facilities. To maximize MWH utilization, it is essential t...

    Authors: Tienke Vermeiden, Floris Braat, Girmay Medhin, Asheber Gaym, Thomas van den Akker and Jelle Stekelenburg

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:38

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  11. Content type: Research article

    The major causes of maternal and neonatal mortality in the Philippines are hemorrhages and obstructed labor due to placental implantation abnormalities (PIAs), twin pregnancies and fetal malpresentations. All ...

    Authors: Godofreda V. Dalmacion, Ramon T. Reyles, Antonia E. Habana, Lalaine Mae V. Cruz, Maricelle C. Chua, Analyn T. Ngo, Milagros J. Tia-Jocson and Emmanuel S. Baja

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:32

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Although hypertensive disorders of pregnancy are the leading cause of poor perinatal outcomes in Ethiopia, there is no study that shows the national prevalence. Therefore, the aim of this study was to estimate...

    Authors: Abadi Kidanemariam Berhe, Getachew Mullu Kassa, Gedefaw Abeje Fekadu and Achenef Asmamaw Muche

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:34

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Expectant fathers consider the second-trimester obstetric ultrasound examination as an important step towards parenthood, but are ill prepared for a detection of a fetal anomaly. Inductive research is scarce c...

    Authors: Tommy Carlsson and Elisabet Mattsson

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:26

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Fear of Childbirth (FOC) is a common problem affecting women’s health and wellbeing, and a common reason for requesting caesarean section. The aims of this review were to summarise published research on preval...

    Authors: C. Nilsson, E. Hessman, H. Sjöblom, A. Dencker, E. Jangsten, M. Mollberg, H. Patel, C. Sparud-Lundin, H. Wigert and C. Begley

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:28

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Probiotics are living microorganisms that, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit. It has been speculated that probiotics might help prevent preterm birth, but in two previous systemati...

    Authors: Alexander Jarde, Anne-Mary Lewis-Mikhael, Paul Moayyedi, Jennifer C. Stearns, Stephen M. Collins, Joseph Beyene and Sarah D. McDonald

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:14

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Although the onset of gestational diabetes (GDM) is known to be a significant risk factor for the future development of type 2 diabetes, this risk specifically in women with GDM diagnosed by the International ...

    Authors: Yukari Kugishima, Ichiro Yasuhi, Hiroshi Yamashita, So Sugimi, Yasushi Umezaki, Sachie Suga, Masashi Fukuda and Nobuko Kusuda

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:19

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Cancer during pregnancy is relatively rare but may lead to maternal mortality. We aimed to assess the incidence of cancer related maternal mortality and the neonatal outcome in these patients. Also, doctor- an...

    Authors: Jorine de Haan, Christianne A. R. Lok, Joke S. Schutte, Lia van Zuylen and Christianne J. M. de Groot

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:10

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  18. Content type: Study protocol

    Severe, early-onset fetal growth restriction due to placental insufficiency is associated with a high risk of perinatal mortality and morbidity with long-lasting sequelae. Placental insufficiency is the result...

    Authors: A. Pels, L. C. Kenny, Z. Alfirevic, P. N. Baker, Peter von Dadelszen, C. Gluud, C. T. Kariya, B. W. Mol, A. T. Papageorghiou, A. G. van Wassenaer-Leemhuis, W. Ganzevoort and K. M. Groom

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:440

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Raised blood pressure (BP) affects approximately 10% of pregnancies worldwide, and a high proportion of affected women develop pre-eclampsia. This study aimed to evaluate the feasibility of self-monitoring of ...

    Authors: Katherine L. Tucker, Kathryn S. Taylor, Carole Crawford, James A. Hodgkinson, Clare Bankhead, Tricia Carver, Elizabeth Ewers, Margaret Glogowska, Sheila M. Greenfield, Lucy Ingram, Lisa Hinton, Khalid S. Khan, Louise Locock, Lucy Mackillop, Christine McCourt, Alexander M. Pirie…

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:442

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  20. Content type: Research article

    The purpose of this study was to quantify spontaneous first trimester miscarriage rates per woman among parous women. A vast amount of data has accumulated regarding miscarriage rates per recognized pregnancy ...

    Authors: Judy Slome Cohain, Rina E. Buxbaum and David Mankuta

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:437

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