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Maternity care and sociological aspects of pregnancy and childbirth

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  1. Content type: Research article

    China has made remarkable progress in maternal and child health (MCH) over the last thirty years, but socio-economic inequalities persist. Ethnicity has become an important determinant of poor MCH outcomes, bu...

    Authors: Juying Zhang, Yuchan Mou, Jiaqiang Liao, Huaying Xiong, Zhanqi Duan, Yuan Huang and Carine Ronsmans

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:250

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    In England, 27.8% of all pregnant women undergo caesarean sections (CS) to deliver their babies. Women undergoing CS are at risk of developing sepsis and post-natal infections, which not only contribute signif...

    Authors: Annalise Weckesser, Nicola Farmer, Rinita Dam, Amie Wilson, Victoria Hodgetts Morton and R. Katie Morris

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:245

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    Preterm birth is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in children under five and often requires a newborn to have an extended stay in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Maternal engagement, such as v...

    Authors: Todd P. Lewis, Kathryn G. Andrews, Elyse Shenberger, Theresa S. Betancourt, Günther Fink, Sunita Pereira and Margaret McConnell

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:227

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  4. Content type: Debate

    Globally, anxiety and depression are the most common complications of the perinatal period (conception to 1 year postpartum). It is now recognised that anxiety and depression are more commonly found antenatall...

    Authors: Sarah Khanlari, Bryanne Barnett AM, Felix Akpojene Ogbo and John Eastwood

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:221

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    In many Western countries, higher rates of cesarean have been described among migrant women compared to natives of receiving countries. We aimed to estimate this difference comparing women originating from Fra...

    Authors: Morgane Linard, Catherine Deneux-Tharaux, Dominique Luton, Thomas Schmitz, Laurent Mandelbrot, Candice Estellat, Priscille Sauvegrain and Elie Azria

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:217

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Following a miscarriage many women report feeling guilty and culpable for what has happened particularly when aspects of societal blame and stigma are involved. This research investigated the impact of cultura...

    Authors: Nadia Omar, Stella Major, Mona Mohsen, Halima Al Tamimi, Faten El Taher and Susie Kilshaw

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:215

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  7. Content type: Research article

    An adequate number of prenatal consultations is beneficial to the health of the mother and fetus. Guidelines recommend an average of 5–14 consultations. Daily practice, however, shows that some women attend th...

    Authors: Janneke T. Gitsels – van der Wal, Lisanne A. Gitsels, Angelo Hooker, Britte van Weert, Linda Martin and Esther I. Feijen – de Jong

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:203

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) is a rare complication of pregnancy that involves persistent nausea and extreme vomiting to an intensity that differentiates HG from nausea and vomiting commonly experienced during ...

    Authors: Danielle Groleau, Jessica Benady-Chorney, Alexandra Panaitoiu and Vania Jimenez

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:197

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  9. Content type: Research article

    The Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV programme in Zimbabwe has had remarkable success despite the country’s economic challenges. The aim of this study was to explore the challenges fac...

    Authors: Zibusiso Nyati-Jokomo, Inam Chitsike, Elizabeth Mbizvo and James January

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:191

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Worldwide, around 289,000 maternal mortalities occur each year from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. In Ethiopia, the maternal mortality rate is among the highest in the world. This is mainly...

    Authors: Zeray Baraki, Fthi Wendem, Hadgu Gerensea and Hafte Teklay

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:180

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    Majority of causes of maternal and newborn mortalities are preventable. However, poor access to and low utilization of health services remain major barriers to optimum health of the mothers and newborns. The o...

    Authors: Lelisa Sena Dadi, Melkamu Berhane, Yusuf Ahmed, Esayas Kebede Gudina, Tasew Berhanu, Kyung Hwan Kim, Masrie Getnet and Muluemabet Abera

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:178

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Perinatal depression and/or anxiety disorders are undertreated pregnancy complications. This is partly due to low rates of engagement by women. This study aimed to identify barriers and facilitators to women a...

    Authors: Alice Ayres, Renee Chen, Tracey Mackle, Emma Ballard, Sue Patterson, George Bruxner and Alka Kothari

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:170

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    As maternity services evolve and the population of women served also changes, there is a continuing need to effectively document the views of women with recent experience of care. A woman’s maternity experienc...

    Authors: Maggie Redshaw, Colin R. Martin, Emily Savage-McGlynn and Sian Harrison

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:167

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    Muslim women of child-bearing age make up a fair part of the UK society, however, literature addressing their health needs or experiences of health services have not been extensively researched. The term ‘Musl...

    Authors: Shaima Mohamed Hassan, Conan Leavey and Jane S. Rooney

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:156

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    Globally, an increasing number of women give birth in a healthcare facility. Improvement in the quality of care is crucial if preventable maternal mortality and morbidity are to be reduced. A Patient Reported ...

    Authors: Fiona Dickinson, Mary McCauley, Helen Smith and Nynke van den Broek

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:155

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Most women who have a caesarean can safely have a vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC) for their next birth, but more women have an elective repeat caesarean than a VBAC.

    Authors: Hazel Keedle, Virginia Schmied, Elaine Burns and Hannah Grace Dahlen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:142

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Many countries offer screening programmes to unborn and newborn babies (antenatal and newborn screening) to identify those at risk of certain conditions to aid earlier diagnosis and treatment. Technological ad...

    Authors: Caroline M. Vass, Susanne Georgsson, Fiona Ulph and Katherine Payne

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:131

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Pregnant women infected with brucellosis have been shown to have higher odds of having been exposed to goats and raw goat products and adverse pregnancy outcomes. However, information on these associations in ...

    Authors: Kan Kledmanee, Tippawan Liabsuetrakul and Somporn Sretrirutchai

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:118

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    Utilization of antenatal care (ANC) in Ethiopia was low. There was also a variation of this underutilization of ANC service from region to region in the country. Therefore, this study aimed at providing a comp...

    Authors: Kassahun Tiruaynet and Kindie Fentahun Muchie

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:115

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Maternal Death Surveillance and Response (MDSR) system was established to provide information that effectively guides actions to eliminate preventable maternal mortality. In 2016, Hwange district sent six mate...

    Authors: Mpumelelo Maphosa, Tsitsi P. Juru, Nyasha Masuka, More Mungati, Notion Gombe, Peter Nsubuga and Mufuta Tshimanga

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:103

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Pregnant women who request a cesarean section in the absence of obstetric indication have become a highly debated issue in academic as well as popular literature. In order to find adequate, targeted treatment ...

    Authors: Kristiane Tislevoll Eide, Nils-Halvdan Morken and Kristine Bærøe

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:102

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Husbands’ knowledge and awareness of pregnancy complications have a positive impact on their wives’ utilization of maternal health care services. In this study, we examined whether husbands’ knowledge and awarene...

    Authors: Suresh Jungari and Balram Paswan

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:70

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Pregnant women who gain weight in accordance with guidelines have the lowest risk of pregnancy and birth-related complications. However, evidence-practice gaps often exist. To address pregnancy weight manageme...

    Authors: Shelley Wilkinson, Michael Beckmann, Elin Donaldson and Sally McCray

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:19

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  24. Content type: Research article

    General practitioners can play an important role in addressing smoking among pregnant women but studies suggest they rarely do so. The aim of this study was to explore general practitioners perceptions about t...

    Authors: Yael Bar-Zeev, Eliza Skelton, Billie Bonevski, Maree Gruppetta and Gillian S. Gould

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:61

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Perinatal mental health problems such as mood disorders are common. We propose a new multidisciplinary health service intervention program providing continuous support to women and their children from the star...

    Authors: Yoshiyuki Tachibana, Noriaki Koizumi, Chikako Akanuma, Hiromi Tarui, Eizaburo Ishii, Tomomi Hoshina, Ayuko Suzuki, Akiko Asano, Shiho Sekino and Hiroto Ito

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:58

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  26. Content type: Research article

    The Parent Infant Feeding Initiative (PIFI) was a factorial, randomised controlled trial that aimed to prolong exclusive breastfeeding by targeting expecting fathers. One of the intervention strategies evaluat...

    Authors: Lesley Kuliukas, Yvonne L. Hauck, Anita Jorgensen, Kelly Kneebone, Sharyn K. Burns, Bruce R. Maycock and Jane A. Scott

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:48

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  27. Content type: Research article

    The concern of all maternal health stakeholders is to improve maternal health and reduce maternal deaths to the barest minimum. This remains elusive in low and middle-income countries as the majority of factor...

    Authors: Lily Yarney

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:47

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  28. Content type: Research article

    U.S. mortality rate of term infants is higher than most other developed countries. Term infant mortality is associated with exogenous socio-environmental factors. Previous research links low socioeconomic stat...

    Authors: Yousra A. Mohamoud, Russell S. Kirby and Deborah B. Ehrenthal

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:40

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Smart wristbands enable the continuous monitoring of health parameters, for example, in maternity care. Understanding the feasibility and acceptability of these devices in an authentic context is essential. Th...

    Authors: Kirsi Grym, Hannakaisa Niela-Vilén, Eeva Ekholm, Lotta Hamari, Iman Azimi, Amir Rahmani, Pasi Liljeberg, Eliisa Löyttyniemi and Anna Axelin

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:34

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Midwives are the main providers of routine antenatal care services including the routine ultrasound examination in Norway. The ultrasound examination can be perceived by expectant parents not only as a medical...

    Authors: Annika Åhman, Kristina Edvardsson, Tove Anita Fagerli, Elisabeth Darj, Sophia Holmlund, Rhonda Small and Ingrid Mogren

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:33

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) can be used to accurately detect fetal chromosomal anomalies early in pregnancy by assessing cell-free fetal DNA present in maternal blood. The rapid diffusion of NIPT, as ...

    Authors: Alexandra Cernat, Chante De Freitas, Umair Majid, Forum Trivedi, Caroline Higgins and Meredith Vanstone

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:27

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Maternal depression and anxiety have distinct constellations of symptom trajectories, which are associated with factors that may vary between different groups of women. The aim of this study was to identify su...

    Authors: Asma Ahmed, Angela Bowen, Cindy Xin Feng and Nazeem Muhajarine

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:26

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Canadian policies regarding the implementation and public coverage of non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) are heterogeneous and shifting, with NIPT being publicly covered for high-risk pregnancies in some pro...

    Authors: Stanislav Birko, Vardit Ravitsky, Charles Dupras, Jessica Le Clerc-Blain, Marie-Eve Lemoine, Aliya O. Affdal, Hazar Haidar and Anne-Marie Laberge

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:22

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Disadvantaged pregnant women and new mothers are at increased risk of psychosocial stress, anxiety and depression. As well as affecting birth outcomes and child development, poor maternal emotional wellbeing c...

    Authors: Jenny McLeish and Maggie Redshaw

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:21

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  35. Content type: Research article

    This qualitative study aimed to investigate the health seeking behaviour of rural women in northern Tajikistan, with specific focus on antenatal and obstetric complications as a result of delayed access to hea...

    Authors: Jamila Nabieva and Aurélia Souares

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:7

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Migrant women’s overall increased risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes is well known. The aim of this study was to investigate possible associations between stillbirth and maternal country of birth and other mig...

    Authors: Eline S. Vik, Vigdis Aasheim, Erica Schytt, Rhonda Small, Dag Moster and Roy M. Nilsen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:5

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  37. Content type: Study protocol

    The postpartum period is an important period for preventive strategies as common maternal and child health risks may become manifest. Women with a lower socioeconomic status tend to have lower maternal empower...

    Authors: J. Lagendijk, J. V. Been, H. E. Ernst-Smelt, G. J. Bonsel, L. C. M. Bertens and E. A. P. Steegers

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:4

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Use of ultrasound scans early in pregnancy is increasing, but we have limited knowledge about the actual prevalence, associated decision-making and impact on expectant women/couples in a general population. Th...

    Authors: Kristine Flo Halle, Maria Fjose, Hildur Kristjansdottir, Amalia Bjornsdottir, Linn Getz, Margret Olafia Tomasdottir and Johann Agust Sigurdsson

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:512

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Research suggests that collaboratively delivered maternity care can positively impact health outcomes. However, women’s perspectives on models of care involving interprofessional collaboration between midwives...

    Authors: Maria Raisa Jessica V. Aquino, Ellinor K. Olander and Rosamund M. Bryar

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:505

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Despite advocating for male involvement in antenatal education, there is unmet need for antenatal education information for expectant couples. The objective of this study was to gain a deeper understanding of ...

    Authors: Maria Chifuniro Chikalipo, Ellen Mbweza Chirwa and Adamson Sinjani Muula

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:497

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  41. Content type: Research article

    One of the essential components of antenatal care (ANC) is birth preparedness and complication readiness (BP/CR). Strengthening BP/CR measures is one of the principal strategies to reduce maternal mortality an...

    Authors: Amanual Getnet Mersha

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:493

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Cleansing the umbilical cord with chlorhexidine reduces neonatal morbidity and mortality, particularly in communities where newborn deaths and home births are common. As a result, the World Health Organization...

    Authors: David Mukunya, Marte E. S. Haaland, James K. Tumwine, Grace Ndeezi, Olive Namugga, Josephine Tumuhamye, Halvor Sommerfelt, Joseph Rujumba, Thorkild Tylleskar, Karen Marie Moland and Victoria Nankabirwa

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:476

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Prenatal diagnosis of fetal congenital heart disease (CHD) is becoming widely available but there is a lack of understanding on such expectant mothers’ experiences during pregnancy. This was the first study to...

    Authors: Yu-Mi Im, Tae-Jin Yun, Il-Young Yoo, Sanghee Kim, Juhye Jin and Sue Kim

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:467

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Lifestyle interventions for obese pregnant women have been widely researched but little is known about predictors of low adherence or poor outcomes. This study evaluated the prospective associations between el...

    Authors: Emma Molyneaux, Shahina Begum, Annette L. Briley, Paul T. Seed, Louise M. Howard and Lucilla Poston

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:378

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  45. Content type: Study protocol

    Cohort studies have public health importance as they effectively provide evidence on determinants of health from a life course perspective. Researchers often confront the poor follow-up rates as a major challe...

    Authors: Giridhara R Babu, Maithili Karthik, Deepa Ravi, Yamuna Ana, Prafulla Shriyan, Kiran Kumar Hasige, Keerti Deshpande, Lokesh Bangalore Siddlingaiah, Sanjay Kinra and Gudlavalleti Venkata Satyanarayana Murthy

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:369

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  46. Content type: Research article

    Tanzania has ratified and abides to legal treaties indicating the obligation of the state to provide essential maternal health care as a basic human right. Nevertheless, the quality of maternal health care is ...

    Authors: Thomas Wiswa John, Dickson Ally Mkoka, Gasto Frumence and Isabel Goicolea

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:352

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  47. Content type: Research article

    Hypertensive disorders in pregnancy (HDP) are the most common medical disorders in pregnancy and the greatest single cause of maternal mortality worldwide. Ethnicity appears to be a significant risk factor for...

    Authors: Fatima Ouasmani, Bernice Engeltjes, Bouchra Haddou Rahou, Ouafae Belayachi and Corine Verhoeven

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:344

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  48. Content type: Research article

    The perinatal period precipitates significant intra- and inter- personal changes. How heterosexual couples understand and account for such changes, however, has received relatively little attention.

    Authors: Damien W. Riggs, Anna Worth and Clare Bartholomaeus

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:342

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