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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: Study protocol

    Maternal obesity is associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes and has lifelong negative implications for offspring health. The Institute of Medicine recommends limited gestational weight gain (GWG) in obese w...

    Authors: Karaponi Okesene-Gafa, Minglan Li, Rennae S. Taylor, John M. D. Thompson, Caroline A. Crowther, Christopher J. D. McKinlay and Lesley M. E. McCowan

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:373

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Prenatal diagnosis involves methods used in early pregnancy as either screening tests or diagnostic methods. The aims of the study were to i) investigate guidelines on prenatal diagnosis in the counties of Sweden...

    Authors: Kerstin Petersson, Marie Lindkvist, Margareta Persson, Peter Conner, Annika Åhman and Ingrid Mogren

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:365

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    Clinically, once a woman has been identified as being at risk of spontaneous preterm birth (sPTB) due to a short cervical length, a decision regarding prophylactic treatment must be made. Three interventions h...

    Authors: Natasha L. Hezelgrave, Helena A. Watson, Alexandra Ridout, Falak Diab, Paul T Seed, Evonne Chin-Smith, Rachel M. Tribe and Andrew H. Shennan

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:358

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Domestic violence during pregnancy is a public health problem which violates human rights and causes an adverse effect on both maternal and fetal health. The objectives of the study were to assess the prevalen...

    Authors: Monika Shrestha, Sumina Shrestha and Binjwala Shrestha

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:360

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  5. Content type: Research article

    An accurate estimate of preconception weight is necessary for providing a gestational weight gain range based on the Institute of Medicine’s guidelines; however, an accurate and proximal preconception weight i...

    Authors: Rebecca A. Krukowski, Delia S. West, Marisha DiCarlo, Kartik Shankar, Mario A. Cleves, Marie E. Saylors and Aline Andres

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:357

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  6. Content type: Study protocol

    Obesity is a significant global health problem, with approximately 50% of women entering pregnancy having a body mass index greater than or equal to 25 kg/m2. Obesity during pregnancy is associated with a well-re...

    Authors: Jodie M. Dodd, Rosalie M. Grivell, Andrea R. Deussen, Gustaaf Dekker, Jennie Louise and William Hague

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:359

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Muscular weakness and severe vitamin D deficiency is prevalent in Somali (veiled) pregnant women, Sweden. The study aims here were to explore adherence to prescribed supplemental vitamin D in new mothers with ...

    Authors: Paul Kalliokoski, Nils Rodhe, Yngve Bergqvist and Monica Löfvander

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:353

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Midwives can play a key role in promoting the oral health of pregnant women and assessing their oral health status. A maternal oral assessment tool (MOS) was developed and pilot tested by the study investigato...

    Authors: Ajesh George, Hannah G. Dahlen, Anthony Blinkhorn, Shilpi Ajwani, Sameer Bhole, Sharon Ellis, Anthony Yeo, Emma Elcombe, Ayesha Sadozai and Maree Johnson

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:347

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Pregnancy-related dreams are often found in pregnant women but also the number of negatively toned dreams seems to be increased in this challenging phase of a woman’s life.

    Authors: Michael Schredl, Maria Gilles, Isabell Wolf, Verena Peus, Barbara Scharnholz, Marc Sütterlin and Michael Deuschle

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:346

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is glucose intolerance with first onset during pregnancy and is associated with serious maternal and fetal complications. The etiology of GDM is not well understood, but sys...

    Authors: Samuel A. Abariga and Brian W. Whitcomb

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:344

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  11. Content type: Research article

    The Baby Basket initiative was developed by Apunipima Cape York Health Council (ACYHC) to address poor maternal and child health (MCH) in Cape York, the northernmost region of Queensland. While positive outcom...

    Authors: Kim Edmunds, Andrew Searles, Johanna Neville, Rod Ling, Janya McCalman and Jacki Mein

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:337

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Most European and North American clinical practice guidelines recommend screening for asymptomatic bacteriuria (ASB) as a routine pregnancy test. Antibiotic treatment of ASB in pregnant women is supposed to re...

    Authors: Konstanze Angelescu, Barbara Nussbaumer-Streit, Wiebke Sieben, Fülöp Scheibler and Gerald Gartlehner

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:336

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Urinary incontinence is defined as a complaint of any involuntary leakage of urine. During pregnancy, the prevalence of urinary incontinence ranges from 32 to 64 %. Different factors like demographic factors, ...

    Authors: Abey Bekele, Mulat Adefris and Senait Demeke

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:333

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Physical activity (PA) during pregnancy has been shown to be associated with several positive effects for mother, fetus, and offspring. Heart rate variability (HRV) is a noninvasive and surrogate marker to det...

    Authors: Pavel Dietz, Estelle D. Watson, Matteo C. Sattler, Wolfgang Ruf, Sylvia Titze and Mireille van Poppel

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:326

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  15. Content type: Research article

    To date, several studies concerning the effects of induced abortion (IA) on women’s later psychosocial well-being and future delivery complications have been published. However, the lack of reports on woman’s ...

    Authors: Susanna Holmlund, Tommi Kauko, Jaakko Matomäki, Miia Tuominen, Juha Mäkinen and Päivi Rautava

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:325

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  16. Content type: Research article

    To analyse the maternal mortality ratio, demographic and pregnancy related details in women who suffered a fatal amniotic fluid embolism (AFE) in China.

    Authors: Yi Mu, Nolan McDonnell, Zhuoyang Li, Juan Liang, Yanping Wang, Jun Zhu and Elizabeth Sullivan

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:316

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  17. Content type: Research article

    The burden of pregnancy complications associated with well defined, already established systemic rheumatic diseases preexisting pregnancy such as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus or scleroder...

    Authors: Arsenio Spinillo, Fausta Beneventi, Elena Locatelli, Vèronique Ramoni, Roberto Caporali, Claudia Alpini, Giulia Albonico, Chiara Cavagnoli and Carlomaurizio Montecucco

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:313

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  18. Content type: Study protocol

    Intrauterine growth retardation (IUGR) is a major risk factor for perinatal mortality and morbidity. Thus, there is a compelling need to introduce sensitive measures to detect IUGR fetuses. Routine third trime...

    Authors: Jens Henrichs, Viki Verfaille, Laura Viester, Myrte Westerneng, Bert Molewijk, Arie Franx, Henriette van der Horst, Judith E. Bosmans, Ank de Jonge and Petra Jellema

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:310

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  19. Content type: Review article

    The maternal cardiovascular system adapts quickly when embryo implantation is recognized by the body. Those adaptations play an important role, as a normal cardiovascular adaptation is a requirement for a norm...

    Authors: Sharona Vonck, Anneleen Simone Staelens, Ine Bollen, Lien Broekx and Wilfried Gyselaers

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:302

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Cervical incompetence is an important cause of miscarriage and premature birth and polycystic ovary syndrome is a heterogeneous endocrine disorder that is the most common cause of anovulatory infertility and e...

    Authors: Yongqing Wang, Xunke Gu, Liyuan Tao and Yangyu Zhao

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:308

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Objectives: To determine whether the incidence of tuberculosis with pregnancy is more common than would be expected from the crude birth rate; to see whether there is significant delay in the diagnosis of tube...

    Authors: Graham H. Bothamley, Cordula Ehlers, Irina Salonka, Alena Skrahina, Angels Orcau, Luigi R. Codecasa, Maurizio Ferrarese, Dragica Pesut, Ivan Solovic, Andrii Dudnyk, Luis Anibarro, Claudia Denkinger, Lorenzo Guglielmetti, Inge Muylle and Marco Confalonieri

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:304

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Threatened miscarriage is a common complication of early pregnancy increasing the risk of miscarriage or premature labour. Currently there is limited evidence to recommend any biomedical pharmacological or sel...

    Authors: Debra Betts, Caroline A. Smith and Hannah G. Dahlen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:298

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:27

  23. Content type: Research article

    According to World Health Organization (WHO) estimates, 80 % of the population living in rural areas in developing countries depends on traditional medicine for their health needs, including use during pregnan...

    Authors: Richard Nyeko, Nazarius Mbona Tumwesigye and Abdullah Ali Halage

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:296

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Electronic health registries – eRegistries - can systematically collect relevant information at the point of care for reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH). However, a suite of process and outc...

    Authors: Vicki Flenady, Aleena M. Wojcieszek, Ingvild Fjeldheim, Ingrid K. Friberg, Victoria Nankabirwa, Jagrati V. Jani, Sonja Myhre, Philippa Middleton, Caroline Crowther, David Ellwood, David Tudehope, Robert Pattinson, Jacqueline Ho, Jiji Matthews, Aurora Bermudez Ortega, Mahima Venkateswaran…

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:293

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  25. Content type: Study protocol

    During pregnancy, a sedentary lifestyle may have negative consequences on maternal and foetal health status. The main objective of this project is to assess the effects of an exercise intervention in overweigh...

    Authors: Virginia A. Aparicio, Olga Ocón, Carmen Padilla-Vinuesa, Alberto Soriano-Maldonado, Lidia Romero-Gallardo, Milkana Borges-Cósic, Irene Coll-Risco, Pilar Ruiz-Cabello, Pedro Acosta-Manzano, Fernando Estévez-López, Inmaculada C. Álvarez-Gallardo, Manuel Delgado-Fernández, Jonatan R. Ruiz, Mireille N. Van Poppel and Julio J. Ochoa-Herrera

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:290

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  26. Content type: Research article

    We aimed to determine whether the association between obesity and a range of adverse maternal and perinatal outcomes differed in South Asian and Australian and New Zealand born women.

    Authors: Miranda Davies-Tuck, Joanne C. Mockler, Lynne Stewart, Michelle Knight and Euan M. Wallace

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:288

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  27. Content type: Research article

    This study aimed to investigate the percentage of the needs and expectations of pregnant women with Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) about the best sources of information on GDM, their satisfaction with the...

    Authors: Padaphet Sayakhot and Mary Carolan-Olah

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:287

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Anxiety is associated with preterm deliveries in general (before week 37 of pregnancy), but is that also true for late preterm (weeks 34/0–36/6) and early term deliveries (weeks 37/0–38/6)? We aim to examine t...

    Authors: Margarete Erika Vollrath, Verena Sengpiel, Markus A. Landolt, Bo Jacobsson and Beatrice Latal

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:286

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Although respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) is considered a disease of prematurity, there is evidence to suggest heterogeneity between early and late gestation RDS. We examined the epidemiologic features of R...

    Authors: Azar Mehrabadi, Sarka Lisonkova and K.S. Joseph

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:281

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Worldwide maternal perception of fetal movements has been used for many years to evaluate fetal wellbeing. It is intuitively regarded as an expression of fetal well-being as pregnancies in which women consiste...

    Authors: R. M. D. Smyth, W. Taylor, A. E. Heazell, C. Furber, M. Whitworth and T. Lavender

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:280

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  31. Content type: Research article

    The limited availability of maternal and child health data has limited progress in reducing mortality and morbidity among pregnant women and children. Global health agencies, leaders, and funders are prioritiz...

    Authors: Sonja L. Myhre, Jane Kaye, Lee A. Bygrave, Margunn Aanestad, Buthaina Ghanem, Patricia Mechael and J. Frederik Frøen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:279

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Stretch marks (Striae gravidarum) are a cutaneous change occurring commonly during pregnancy. A variety of products are available and promoted as ways to prevent or reduce their development, but it is not clea...

    Authors: Miriam Brennan, Mike Clarke and Declan Devane

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:276

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) contributes to the epidemic of diabetes and obesity in mothers and their offspring. The primary objective of this pilot study was to: 1) refine the GDM Management System (Go...

    Authors: Wanda K. Nicholson, A. Jenna Beckham, Karen Hatley, Molly Diamond, La-Shell Johnson, Sherri L. Green and Deborah Tate

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:277

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Stillbirth is a major contributor to perinatal mortality and it is particularly common in low- and middle-income countries, where annually about three million stillbirths occur in the third trimester. This stu...

    Authors: Gbenga A. Kayode, Diederick E. Grobbee, Mary Amoakoh-Coleman, Ibrahim Taiwo Adeleke, Evelyn Ansah, Joris A. H. de Groot and Kerstin Klipstein-Grobusch

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:274

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Babies born to adolescent mothers have been shown to have poorer outcomes compared to those born to adults. Nutritional status may have an important role to play in improving the health of pregnant adolescents...

    Authors: Katie Marvin-Dowle, Victoria Jane Burley and Hora Soltani

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:268

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Smoking cessation has been reported to be associated with high total gestational weight gain (GWG), which itself is a risk factor for adverse maternal-infant outcomes. Recent studies have criticized convention...

    Authors: Adam Hulman, Olha Lutsiv, Christina K. Park, Lynette Krebs, Joseph Beyene and Sarah D. McDonald

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:263

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Nonclinical studies indicate that the hormone relaxin is a good candidate for a safe cervical ripening agent that does not cause uterine contractions.

    Authors: Gerson Weiss, Sam Teichman, Dennis Stewart, David Nader, Susan Wood, Peter Breining and Elaine Unemori

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:260

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Eclampsia is the main cause of maternal death in Brazil. Magnesium sulfate is the drug of choice for seizure prevention and control in the management of severe preeclampsia and eclampsia. Despite scientific ev...

    Authors: Fátima Aparecida Lotufo, Mary Angela Parpinelli, Maria José Osis, Fernanda Garanhani Surita, Maria Laura Costa and José Guilherme Cecatti

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:254

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Small-for-gestational-age in infancy is a known risk factor not only for short-term prognosis but also for several long-term outcomes, such as neurological and metabolic disorders in adulthood. Previous resear...

    Authors: Seiichi Morokuma, Mototsugu Shimokawa, Kiyoko Kato, Masafumi Sanefuji, Eiji Shibata, Mayumi Tsuji, Ayako Senju, Toshihiro Kawamoto and Koichi Kusuhara

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:247

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Mood disorders in pregnancy and post-partum period are common and considered as a public health issue. Researchers have studied the relationship between low serum vitamin D concentration and perinatal depressi...

    Authors: Farideh Vaziri, Samira Nasiri, Zohreh Tavana, Mohammad Hossein Dabbaghmanesh, Farkhondeh Sharif and Peyman Jafari

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:239

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Domestic violence during pregnancy is not only a severe public health issue that jeopardizes maternal and foetal health but also violates human rights. The aim was to explore the prevalence and incidence of domes...

    Authors: Hafrún Finnbogadóttir, Anna-Karin Dykes and Christine Wann-Hansson

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:228

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Estimating the true risk of fetal malformations attributable to the use of medications is difficult and perception of risk by health professionals will impact their counseling and treatment of patients who nee...

    Authors: Charlotte Gils, Anton Pottegård, Zandra Nymand Ennis and Per Damkier

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:226

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) is associated with perinatal morbidity and mortality. Several clinical trials have reported L-arginine and sildenafil citrate had effect on intrauterine growth restrictio...

    Authors: Juncao Chen, Xiaoyuan Gong, Pingyang Chen, Kaiju Luo and Xiuquan Zhang

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:225

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  44. Content type: Research article

    The aim of our study was to examine maternal weight gain as well as nutrient intake in pregnancy throughout each trimester compared to current recommendations in a low-risk population and its correlation to bi...

    Authors: Anke Diemert, Susanne Lezius, Mirja Pagenkemper, Gudula Hansen, Alina Drozdowska, Kurt Hecher, Petra Arck and Birgit C. Zyriax

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:224

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Treatment of maternal iron-deficiency anaemia can reduce risks of prematurity and low birth weight; hence a reliable diagnosis of maternal iron needs is critical. However, erythrocyte indices and serum ferriti...

    Authors: Cristiane Campello Bresani Salvi, Maria Cynthia Braga, José Natal Figueirôa and Malaquias Batista Filho

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:218

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  46. Content type: Research article

    The Finnish Pre-eclampsia Consortium (FINNPEC) case-control cohort consisting of 1447 pre-eclamptic and 1068 non-pre-eclamptic women was recruited during 2008–2011 to study genetic background of pre-eclampsia ...

    Authors: Jenni Kallela, Tiina Jääskeläinen, Eija Kortelainen, Seppo Heinonen, Eero Kajantie, Juha Kere, Katja Kivinen, Anneli Pouta and Hannele Laivuori

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:221

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  47. Content type: Research article

    Vaginal infections are a risk factor for preterm delivery. In this study, we sought to evaluate the vaginal flora of pregnant women receiving opioid maintenance therapy (OMT) in comparison to non-dependent, no...

    Authors: Alex Farr, Herbert Kiss, Michael Hagmann, Iris Holzer, Verena Kueronya, Peter W. Husslein and Ljubomir Petricevic

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:206

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