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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

    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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    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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. Content type: Research article

    Few studies have investigated physical activity (PA) and sedentary behavior (SB) in relation to fasting (FG) and 2-h postprandial plasma glucose (2hPG) levels and gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM); we invest...

    Authors: Natarajan Padmapriya, Jonathan Y. Bernard, Shen Liang, See Ling Loy, Shirong Cai, Iris Shen Zhe, Kenneth Kwek, Keith M. Godfrey, Peter D. Gluckman, Seang Mei Saw, Yap-Seng Chong, Jerry Kok Yen Chan and Falk Müller-Riemenschneider

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:364

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Maternal perception of decreased fetal movements and low awareness of fetal movements are associated with a negative birth outcome. Mindfetalness is a method developed for women to facilitate systematic observ...

    Authors: Anna Akselsson, Susanne Georgsson, Helena Lindgren, Karin Pettersson and Ingela Rådestad

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:359

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Caesarean delivery (CD) increases the risk of postpartum infection by 5 to 20 fold. Prevention of surgical site infection (SSI) is the goal of antibiotic prophylaxis. This study was carried out to assess the o...

    Authors: Chinta Annie Jyothirmayi, Ajay Halder, Bijesh Yadav, Santosh Thomas Samuel, Anil Kuruvilla and Ruby Jose

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:340

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  21. Content type: Research article

    The management of pregnancy-associated-cancer (PAC) requires epidemiological evaluation of the pathways of care. The aim of this study was to describe maternal and neonatal outcomes of PAC in Martinique.

    Authors: Kathleen Melan, Jean-Luc Volumenie, Gaël Wan-Ajouhu, Stephen Ulric-Gervaise, Jacqueline Veronique-Baudin and Clarisse Joachim

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:334

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Weight gain during pregnancy has an important impact on maternal and neonatal health. Unlike the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommendations for weight gain in singleton pregnancies, those for twin gestations ...

    Authors: Olha Lutsiv, Adam Hulman, Christy Woolcott, Joseph Beyene, Lucy Giglia, B. Anthony Armson, Linda Dodds, Binod Neupane and Sarah D. McDonald

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:330

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  23. Content type: Research article

    The aim of this study was to investigate the outcome of chiropractic management for a subgroup of pregnant women with dominating one-sided pelvic girdle pain (PGP).

    Authors: Anne Marie Gausel, Inger Kjærmann, Stefan Malmqvist, Knut Andersen, Ingvild Dalen, Jan Petter Larsen and Inger Økland

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:331

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Psychiatric illness before delivery increases the risk of giving birth by caesarean section on maternal request (CSMR) but little is known about these women’s mental health after childbirth. In this study we a...

    Authors: Louise Möller, Ann Josefsson, Marie Bladh, Caroline Lilliecreutz, Ellika Andolf and G. Sydsjö

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:326

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Recent policy and service provision recommends a woman-centred approach to maternity care. Midwife-led models of care are seen as one important strategy for enhancing women’s choice; a core element of woman-ce...

    Authors: Andrew Hunter, Declan Devane, Catherine Houghton, Annmarie Grealish, Agnes Tully and Valerie Smith

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:322

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Metformin is widely used to treat gestational diabetes (GDM), but many women remain hyperglycaemic and require additional therapy. We aimed to determine recruitment rate and participant throughput in a randomi...

    Authors: Rebecca M. Reynolds, Fiona C. Denison, Ed Juszczak, Jennifer L. Bell, Jessica Penneycard, Mark W. J. Strachan, Robert S. Lindsay, Claire I. Alexander, Corinne D. B. Love, Sonia Whyte, Fiona Mackenzie, Ben Stenson and Jane E. Norman

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:316

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  27. Content type: Case report

    The increase in serum estradiol (E2) concentrations during the follicular phase becomes the index of oocyte maturation in vivo. When ovarian stimulation is performed to hypogonadotropic hypogonadism (HH) patient...

    Authors: Kaori Matsumoto, Kazuhiko Imakawa and Chuyu Hayashi

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:312

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  28. Content type: Research article

    The relation between grand multiparity (GMP) and the possible adverse pregnancy outcomes is not well identified. GMP (parity ≥5 births) frequently occurs in the Arab nations; therefore, this study aimed to ide...

    Authors: Ghadeer K. Al-Shaikh, Gehan H. Ibrahim, Amel A. Fayed and Hazem Al-Mandeel

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:310

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Pre-eclampsia is a pregnancy-specific hypertensive disorder usually occurs after 20 weeks of gestation. It is one of the leading causes of maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality worldwide. In Ethiopia,...

    Authors: Teklit Grum, Abiy Seifu, Mebrahtu Abay, Teklit Angesom and Lidiya Tsegay

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:307

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  30. Content type: Research article

    During pregnancy, the hyperdynamic physiology of circulation can exacerbate many cardiovascular disorders. Congestive heart failure (CHF) usually occurs during late pregnancy, which is significantly associated...

    Authors: Ying-Jen Chang, Chung-Han Ho, Jen-Yin Chen, Ming-Ping Wu, Chia-Hung Yu, Jhi-Joung Wang, Chia-Ming Chen and Chin-Chen Chu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:302

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Process evaluation is an essential part of designing and assessing complex interventions. The vitamin D and lifestyle intervention study (DALI) study is testing different strategies to prevent development of g...

    Authors: Judith G. M. Jelsma, David Simmons, Nina Gobat, Stephen Rollnick, Kinga Blumska, Goele Jans, Sander Galjaard, Gernot Desoye, Rosa Corcoy, Fabiola Juarez, Alexandra Kautzky-Willer, Jürgen Harreiter, Andre van Assche, Roland Devlieger, Dirk Timmerman, David Hill…

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:293

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Zambia’s maternal mortality ratio was estimated at 398/100,000 live births in 2014. Successful aversion of deaths is dependent on availability and usability of signal functions for emergency obstetric and neon...

    Authors: Tannia Tembo, Gershom Chongwe, Bellington Vwalika and Lungowe Sitali

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:288

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Our aims were to (1) describe the frequency of physical activity and prenatal healthcare provider advice about physical activity during pregnancy and (2) examine determinants and correlates of 3rd trimester ph...

    Authors: Eilann C. Santo, Peter W. Forbes, Emily Oken and Mandy B. Belfort

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:286

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  34. Content type: Research article

    In light of the adverse outcomes for mothers and offspring related to maternal obesity, identification of subgroups of women at risk of prepregnancy obesity and its related-adverse issues is crucial for optimi...

    Authors: Julie Boudet-Berquier, Benoit Salanave, Jean-Claude Desenclos and Katia Castetbon

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:273

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Sufficient iodine intake is needed during pregnancy to ensure proper fetal development. The iodine levels of women in their first trimester of pregnancy in Catalonia are currently unknown. This data would help...

    Authors: Maria Teresa Torres, Lidia Francés, Lluis Vila, Josep María Manresa, Gemma Falguera, Gemma Prieto, Roser Casamitjana and Pere Toran

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:249

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Presently, the matter of pregnancy outcomes of patients with pregnancy related AKI (PR-AKI) were disputed. Thus, we conducted a meta-analysis to evaluate the impact of PR-AKI on pregnancy outcomes.

    Authors: Youxia Liu, Xinxin Ma, Jie Zheng, Xiangchun Liu and Tiekun Yan

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:235

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Few studies have investigated the drug utilization patterns and factors predicting drug use in pregnant women with migraine. This longitudinal drug utilization study aimed to describe patterns of analgesic use...

    Authors: Gerd-Marie Eskerud Harris, Mollie Wood, Malin Eberhard-Gran, Christofer Lundqvist and Hedvig Nordeng

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:224

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  38. Content type: Study protocol

    Preterm birth (birth before 37 weeks of gestation) is a major problem in obstetrics and affects an estimated 15 million pregnancies worldwide annually. A history of previous preterm birth is the strongest risk...

    Authors: Laura Visser, Marjon A. de Boer, Christianne J. M. de Groot, Tobias A. J. Nijman, Marieke A. C. Hemels, Kitty W. M. Bloemenkamp, Judith E. Bosmans, Marjolein Kok, Judith O. van Laar, Marieke Sueters, Hubertina Scheepers, Joris van Drongelen, Maureen T. M. Franssen, J. Marko Sikkema, Hans J. J. Duvekot, Mireille N. Bekker…

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:223

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  39. Content type: Study protocol

    Preterm birth is in quantity and in severity the most important contributor of perinatal morbidity and mortality both in well- and low-resource countries. Cervical pessary and cervical cerclage are both consid...

    Authors: Bouchra Koullali, Liselotte E.M. van Kempen, Maud D. van Zijl, Christiana A. Naaktgeboren, Ewoud Schuit, Dick J. Bekedam, Maureen T.M. Franssen, Sebastiaan W.A. Nij Bijvank, Marieke Sueters, Marchien van Baal, Marjon A. de Boer, Angelo B. Hooker, Brenda B.J. Hermsen, Toon A.A.M. Toolenaar, Joost J. Zwart, David P. van der Ham…

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:215

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  40. Content type: Study protocol

    In this protocol we describe a mixed methods study in the province of South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo evaluating the effectiveness of different demand side strategies to increase maternal health servi...

    Authors: Mari Dumbaugh, Wyvine Bapolisi, Jennie van de Weerd, Michel Zabiti, Paula Mommers, Ghislain Bisimwa Balaluka and Sonja Merten

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:212

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Caesarean scar pregnancy (CSP) is a late serious complication of caesarean section. The incidence of CSP has increased worldwide in recent years. Early diagnosis and prompt therapy are crucial to avoid catastr...

    Authors: Zhi-Da Qian, Yue Weng, Yong-Jiang Du, Chun-Fen Wang and Li-Li Huang

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:208

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  42. Content type: Research article

    The Auckland Stillbirth study demonstrated a two-fold increased risk of late stillbirth for women who did not go to sleep on their left side. Two further studies have confirmed an increased risk of late stillb...

    Authors: Robin S. Cronin, Carol Chelimo, Edwin A. Mitchell, Kara Okesene-Gafa, John M. D. Thompson, Rennae S. Taylor, B. Lynne Hutchison and Lesley M. E. McCowan

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:190

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Low n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) has been linked to depression, but the preventive effect of n-3PUFAs supplementation on maternal depression needs further investigation. We aimed to evaluate the eff...

    Authors: Juliana dos Santos Vaz, Dayana Rodrigues Farias, Amanda Rodrigues Amorim Adegboye, Antonio Egidio Nardi and Gilberto Kac

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:180

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  44. Content type: Research article

    The effectiveness of prenatal lifestyle intervention to prevent gestational diabetes and improve maternal glucose metabolism remains to be established. The Norwegian Fit for Delivery (NFFD) randomized, control...

    Authors: Linda R. Sagedal, Ingvild Vistad, Nina C. Øverby, Elling Bere, Monica K. Torstveit, Hilde Lohne-Seiler, Elisabet R. Hillesund, Are Pripp and Tore Henriksen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:167

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Globally, the prevalence of post term pregnancy (PTP) is about 5-10%, but the rate varies considerably between and within countries. PTP is defined as a pregnancy ≥294 days, but the definition is arbitrary. Ma...

    Authors: Anna Wessberg, Ingela Lundgren and Helen Elden

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:162

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  46. Content type: Study protocol

    Adverse birth and neonatal outcomes disproportionately affect African American women and infants compared to those of other races/ethnicities. While significant research has sought to identify underlying facto...

    Authors: Elizabeth J. Corwin, Carol J. Hogue, Bradley Pearce, Cherie C. Hill, Timothy D. Read, Jennifer Mulle and Anne L. Dunlop

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:161

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:395

  47. Content type: Research article

    Ghana’s current Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) of 319 per 100,000 live births makes achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal of 70 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births or less by 2030 appear to be il...

    Authors: William Gudu and Bright Addo

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:159

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  48. Content type: Research article

    The World Health Organization (WHO) considers pregnant women to be a risk group for severe influenza disease. We conducted a systematic review to evaluate influenza disease incidence in pregnant women in order...

    Authors: Mark A. Katz, Bradford D. Gessner, Jeanene Johnson, Becky Skidmore, Marian Knight, Niranjan Bhat, Helen Marshall, David J. Horne, Justin R. Ortiz and Deshayne B. Fell

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:155

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:192