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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

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

    Despite numerous publications stating the importance of multidisciplinary care for women with pre-existing medical conditions, there is a lack of evidence regarding structure or processes of multidisciplinary ...

    Authors: Cath Taylor, David R. McCance, Lucy Chappell, Catherine Nelson-Piercy, Sara A. Thorne, Khaled M. K. Ismail, James S. A. Green and Debra Bick

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:434

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  9. 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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  10. Content type: Research article

    Hypertensive disorders in pregnancy are a leading cause of maternal and fetal morbidity worldwide. Raised blood pressure (BP) affects 10% of pregnancies worldwide, of which almost half develop pre-eclampsia. T...

    Authors: Lisa Hinton, Katherine L. Tucker, Sheila M. Greenfield, James A. Hodgkinson, Lucy Mackillop, Christine McCourt, Trisha Carver, Carole Crawford, Margaret Glogowska, Louise Locock, Mary Selwood, Kathryn S. Taylor and Richard J. McManus

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:427

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Unmet need for family planning has implications for women and their families, such as unsafe abortion, physical abuse, and poor maternal health. Contraceptive knowledge has increased across low-income settings...

    Authors: Joseph K. Wulifan, Albrecht Jahn, Hervé Hien, Patrick Christian Ilboudo, Nicolas Meda, Paul Jacob Robyn, T. Saidou Hamadou, Ousmane Haidara and Manuela De Allegri

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:426

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Maternal vitamin D status has been associated with both gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) and fetal growth restriction, however, the evidence is inconsistent. In Finland, maternal vitamin D status has improv...

    Authors: Helena H. Hauta-alus, Heli T. Viljakainen, Elisa M. Holmlund-Suila, Maria Enlund-Cerullo, Jenni Rosendahl, Saara M. Valkama, Otto M. Helve, Timo K. Hytinantti, Outi M. Mäkitie and Sture Andersson

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:420

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Birth preparedness and complication readiness (BP/CR) is a strategy to promote use of skilled maternal and neonatal care so that they can get timely skilled care, particularly during child birth. There is mini...

    Authors: Eshetu Andarge, Aderajew Nigussie and Mekitie Wondafrash

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:412

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Decision delivery interval (DDI) is the time line between a decision to conduct an emergency caesarean section and actual delivery of the baby. Prolong DDI constitute a third phase delay in provision of emerge...

    Authors: Birjna A. Hirani, Bariki L. Mchome, Nicholaus S. Mazuguni and Michael J. Mahande

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:411

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Depression during pregnancy is associated with higher maternal morbidity and mortality, and subsequent possible adverse effects on the cognitive, emotional and behavioral development of the child. The aim of t...

    Authors: Matteo C. Sattler, Judith G. M. Jelsma, Annick Bogaerts, David Simmons, Gernot Desoye, Rosa Corcoy, Juan M. Adelantado, Alexandra Kautzky-Willer, Jürgen Harreiter, Frans A. van Assche, Roland Devlieger, Goele Jans, Sander Galjaard, David Hill, Peter Damm, Elisabeth R. Mathiesen…

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:404

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Today, scientific evidence has supported the popular belief that physical activity is associated with biological health in pregnant women. A randomized controlled trial was used to assess the benefits of physi...

    Authors: Robinson Ramírez-Vélez, Felipe Lobelo, Ana C. Aguilar-de Plata, Mikel Izquierdo and Antonio García-Hermoso

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:396

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Worldwide, pertussis remains a major health problem among children. During the recent outbreaks of pertussis, maternal antenatal immunisation was introduced in several industrial countries. This systematic rev...

    Authors: Marie Furuta, Jacqueline Sin, Edmond S. W. Ng and Kay Wang

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:390

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Pre-pregnancy obesity and postpartum mental disorders are prevalent health risks to both the mother and the offspring. The objective of our study was to examine whether a history of childhood maltreatment is a...

    Authors: Michaela Nagl, Franziska Lehnig, Holger Stepan, Birgit Wagner and Anette Kersting

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:391

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Hypertensive disorders in pregnancy remain a major global health issue not only because of the associated high adverse maternal outcomes but there is a close accompaniment of significant perinatal morbidity an...

    Authors: Kwame Adu-Bonsaffoh, Michael Y. Ntumy, Samuel A. Obed and Joseph D. Seffah

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:388

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Maternal critical illness occurs in 1.2 to 4.7 of every 1000 live births in the United States and approximately 1 in 100 women who become critically ill will die. Patient characteristics and comorbid condition...

    Authors: Kazuyoshi Aoyama, Rohan D’Souza, Eiichi Inada, Stephen E. Lapinsky and Robert A. Fowler

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:372

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