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Maternity care and sociological aspects of pregnancy and childbirth

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  1. Content type: Debate

    Globally, complications of prematurity are the leading cause of death in children under five. Preterm infants who survive their first month of life are at greater risk for various diseases and impairments in i...

    Authors: Adriano Cattaneo, Adidja Amani, Nathalie Charpak, Socorro De Leon-Mendoza, Sarah Moxon, Somashekhar Nimbalkar, Giorgio Tamburlini, Julieta Villegas and Anne-Marie Bergh

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:170

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Eating Disorders (ED) are mental health disorders that typically effect women of childbearing age and are associated with adverse maternal and infant outcomes. UK healthcare guidance recommends routine enquiry...

    Authors: Amanda Bye, Jill Shawe, Debra Bick, Abigail Easter, Megan Kash-Macdonald and Nadia Micali

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:114

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    Residential instability during pregnancy has been linked to poor health outcomes. As a first step toward providing better health care to pregnant migrant women, the size and characteristics of this population ...

    Authors: Ying Ji, Xiaoping Zhao, Zhili Wang, Shenglan Liu, Yang Shen and Chun Chang

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:165

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  4. Content type: Research article

    The first child’s birth is for most mothers a profound experience carrying the potential to change life orientations and values. However, little is known of how becoming a mother influences the existential dim...

    Authors: Christina Prinds, Ole Mogensen, Niels Christian Hvidt and Mette Bliddal

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:157

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Excessive gestational weight gain (GWG) is common and contributes to the development of obesity in women and their offspring. Electronic or e-health interventions have the potential to reach large groups of wo...

    Authors: Christine M. Olson, Susan W. Groth, Meredith L. Graham, Jennifer E. Reschke, Myla S. Strawderman and Isabel Diana Fernandez

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:148

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Population-based prenatal screening has become a common and widely available obstetrical practice in majority of developed countries. Under the patient autonomy principle, women should understand the screening...

    Authors: An Chen, Henni Tenhunen, Paulus Torkki, Antti Peltokorpi, Seppo Heinonen, Paul Lillrank and Vedran Stefanovic

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:119

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Social network characteristics influence a wide range of health behaviors but few studies examine the relationship between social network characteristics and pregnancy-related outcomes.

    Authors: Leanne Dougherty, Emily Stammer and Thomas W. Valente

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:97

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  8. Content type: Research article

    We apply Intersectional Theory to examine how compounded disadvantage affects the odds of women having a cesarean in U.S.-Mexico border hospitals and in non-border hospitals. We define U.S. Latinas with compou...

    Authors: Theresa Morris, Amanda Gomez, Miriam Naiman-Sessions and Christine H. Morton

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:82

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are among the most common bacterial infections in pregnant women due to anatomic and physiologic changes in the female urinary tract during pregnancy, and antepartum UTIs can ca...

    Authors: Jui-Ming Liu, Feng-Hsiang Chiu, Yueh-Ping Liu, Shu-Pin Chen, Hsun-Hao Chan, Jing-Jung Yang, Fung-Wei Chang and Ren-Jun Hsu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:79

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  10. Content type: Research article

    A healthy start predicts better health in later life. Many remote-living Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian families lack access to consistent, culturally-safe health services. This paper present...

    Authors: Sandra Campbell, Janya McCalman, Michelle Redman-MacLaren, Karla Canuto, Kristina Vine, Jenny Sewter and Malcolm McDonald

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:73

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  11. Content type: Research article

    In China, increases in both the caesarean section (CS) rates and delivery costs have raised questions regarding the reform of the medical insurance payment system. Case payment is useful for regulating the beh...

    Authors: Shuang Liu, Jing Wang, Liang Zhang and Xiang Zhang

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:66

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  12. Content type: Research article

    It is estimated that 5-15% of all couples in industrialised nations are infertile. A perceived unfulfilled desire for a child or self-identification as infertile can lead to psychological strain and social iso...

    Authors: Eva Münster, Stephan Letzel, Jasmin Passet-Wittig, Norbert F. Schneider, Bettina Schuhrke, Rudolf Seufert and Ulrike Zier

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:62

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    This study aims to investigate the association between social capital (SC) and depressive symptoms among Chinese primiparas at different time-points from their late pregnancy to postpartum.

    Authors: Chi Zhou, Weijun Zheng, Qi Yuan, Baodan Zhang, Hao Chen, Weijue Wang, Liu Huang, Liangwen Xu and Lei Yang

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:45

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC) is an alternative option for women who have had a previous caesarean section (CS); however, uptake is limited because of concern about the risks of uterine rupture. The aim...

    Authors: Shu-Wen Chen, Alison M. Hutchinson, Cate Nagle and Tracey K. Bucknall

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:31

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is an increasingly common condition of pregnancy. It is associated with adverse fetal, infant and maternal outcomes, as well as an increased risk of GDM in future pregnancie...

    Authors: Judith Parsons, Katherine Sparrow, Khalida Ismail, Katharine Hunt, Helen Rogers and Angus Forbes

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:25

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Women approach birth using various methods of preparation drawing from conventional healthcare providers alongside informal information sources (IIS) outside the professional healthcare context. An investigati...

    Authors: Ruth A. Sanders and Kenda Crozier

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:21

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Current clinical guidelines and national policy in England support offering ‘low risk’ women a choice of birth setting. Options include: home, free-standing midwifery unit (FMU), alongside midwifery unit (AMU)...

    Authors: Lisa Hinton, Carol Dumelow, Rachel Rowe and Jennifer Hollowell

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:12

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