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Maternity care and sociological aspects of pregnancy and childbirth

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  1. Exposure to secondhand smoke (SHS) during pregnancy can cause pregnancy complications and adverse birth outcomes. About 40% of Chinese expectant fathers are smokers and they rarely attempt to quit smoking. The...

    Authors: Wei Xia, William Ho Cheung Li, Wenzhi Cai, Peige Song, Laurie Long Kwan Ho, Ankie Tan Cheung, Yuan Hui Luo, Chunxian Zeng, Li He, Chao Gao and Ka Yan Ho

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:449

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  2. In Canada, several community-based, multi-service programs aimed at reaching vulnerable pregnant or parenting women with substance use and complex issues have emerged. These programs offer basic needs and soci...

    Authors: Deborah Rutman, Carol Hubberstey, Nancy Poole, Rose A. Schmidt and Marilyn Van Bibber

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:441

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  3. The explanation of epidural analgesia by anesthesiologist would often begin after the parturient is admitted to the hospital. Because of labor pain, the decision of receiving epidural analgesia would often be ...

    Authors: Wan-Jung Cheng, Kuo-Chuan Hung, Chung-Han Ho, Chia-Hung Yu, Yi-Chen Chen, Ming-Ping Wu, Chin-Chen Chu and Ying-Jen Chang

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:413

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  4. To examine the differences between pregnant women who underwent embryo transfer (ET) and those who conceived naturally, as well as differences in their respective babies, and to determine the causes for these ...

    Authors: Haiyan Pan, Xingshan Zhang, Jiawei Rao, Bing Lin, Jie Yun He, Xingjie Wang, Fengqiong Han and Jinfeng Zhang

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:422

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  5. Maternal childbirth dissatisfaction has short- and long-term negative effects on the mothers’ health and life, as well as on relation with her child and family. Due to lack of studies in Iran and other countie...

    Authors: Jila Nahaee, Sakineh Mohammad-Alizadeh-Charandabi, Fatemeh Abbas-Alizadeh, Colin R. Martin, Caroline J. Hollins Martin, Mojgan Mirghafourvand and Hadi Hassankhani

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:408

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  6. A growing Muslim population in the UK suggests the need for healthcare professionals (HCPs) to gain a better understanding of how the Islamic faith influences health related perceptions and healthcare seeking ...

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

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:400

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  7. Unplanned pregnancy is a public health issue with adverse consequences for maternal and neonatal health. In Japan, the prevalence of unplanned pregnancy was 46.2% in 2002. However, few studies have investigate...

    Authors: Son Trung Huynh, Hiroshi Yokomichi, Yuka Akiyama, Reiji Kojima, Sayaka Horiuchi, Tadao Ooka, Ryoji Shinohara and Zentaro Yamagata

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:397

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  8. The potential effects of pre-pregnancy body mass (BMI) and gestational weight gain (GWG) on pregnancy outcomes remain unclear. Thus, we investigated socio-demographic characteristics that affect pre-pregnancy ...

    Authors: Yin Sun, Zhongzhou Shen, Yongle Zhan, Yawen Wang, Shuai Ma, Suhan Zhang, Juntao Liu, Sansan Wu, Yahui Feng, Yunli Chen, Shuya Cai, Yingjie Shi, Liangkun Ma and Yu Jiang

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:390

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  9. Vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC) is a safe mode of birth for most women but internationally VBAC rates remain low. In Australia women planning a VBAC may experience different models of care including conti...

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

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:381

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  10. The objective of this study was to describe women’s processes for finding pregnancy-related nutrition information, their experiences seeking this information online and their ideas for improving internet sourc...

    Authors: Alexandra Snyder, Hannah Tait Neufeld and Laura Forbes

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:377

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Ending preventable maternal deaths remains a global priority and in the later stages of obstetric transition, identifying the social determinants of maternal health outcomes is essential to address stagnating ...

    Authors: Thilini Chanchala Agampodi, Nuwan Darshana Wickramasinghe, Rampathige Indika Ruwan Prasanna, Malawara Kankanamalage Lasandha Irangani, Jayasundara Mudiyanselage Samarakoon Banda, Pradana Mudiyanselage Bandula Jayathilake, Ayesh Hettiarachchi, Gayani Amarasinghe, Imasha Jayasinghe, Iresha Koralagedara, Sajaan Praveena Gunarathne, Sujanthi Wickramage, Janith Warnasekara, Niroshan Lokunarangoda, Vasana Mendis, Ajith Kumara Dissanayaka…

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:374

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  12. The prevalence of perinatal depression in China ranges from 15 to 20% and the vast majority of prenatally depressed women do not receive the intervention they require. Recent research evidence shows that evide...

    Authors: Anum Nisar, Juan Yin, Nan Yiping, Huo Lanting, Jingjun Zhang, Duolao Wang, Atif Rahman and Xiaomei Li

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:368

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  13. There are differences in antenatal care (ANC) utilization between urban and rural areas of Pakistan. Although multiple factors have been studied affecting the utilization of general health care services, the e...

    Authors: Sumera Aziz Ali, Savera Aziz Ali, Anam Feroz, Sarah Saleem, Zafar Fatmai and Muhammad Masood Kadir

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:355

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  14. The purpose of this systematic review (PROSPERO Ref: CRD42017053264) was to describe and interpret the qualitative research on parent’s decision-making and informed choice about their pregnancy and birth care....

    Authors: Cassandra Yuill, Christine McCourt, Helen Cheyne and Nathalie Leister

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:343

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  15. Psychological birth trauma (PBT), mainly due to overlooking maternal mental health, is a common and high prevalence public health problem in low-resource settings. Preventing PBT is a good indicator of the rea...

    Authors: Mahshid Taheri, Ziba Taghizadeh, Nahid Jafari and Amirhossein Takian

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:350

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  16. Women with congenital heart defects (CHDs) experiencing pregnancies require specialized delivery care and extensive monitoring that may not be available at all birthing hospitals. In this study, we examined pr...

    Authors: Lauren E. Schlichting, Tabassum Insaf, George Lui, Ali Zaidi and Alissa Van Zutphen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:338

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  17. The UK does not currently have guidelines on gestational weight gain owing to gaps in the evidence base. Reintroducing routine weighing of women throughout pregnancy would begin to provide the evidence needed ...

    Authors: V. Allen-Walker, A. J. Hunter, V. A. Holmes and M. C. McKinley

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:328

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  18. Adverse pregnancy outcomes can be prevented through the early detection and treatment of anaemia, HIV and syphilis during the antenatal period. Rates of testing for anaemia, HIV and syphilis among women attend...

    Authors: C. Baker, R. Limato, P. Tumbelaka, B. B. Rewari, S. Nasir, R. Ahmed and M. Taegtmeyer

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:326

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  19. With more than 20,000 asylum seekers arriving every year, healthcare for this population has become an important issue. Pregnant asylum seekers seem to be at risk of poor pregnancy outcomes. This study aimed t...

    Authors: A. E. H. Verschuuren, I. R. Postma, Z. M. Riksen, R. L. Nott, E. I. Feijen-de Jong and J. Stekelenburg

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:320

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  20. Incidences of unassisted home birthing practices have been increasing in Malaysia despite the accessibility to safe and affordable child birthing facilities. We aimed to explore the reasons for women to make s...

    Authors: Nur Amani Natasha Ahmad Tajuddin, Julia Suhaimi, Siti Nurkamilla Ramdzan, Khasnur Abd Malek, Ilham Ameera Ismail, Nurainul Hana Shamsuddin, Ahmad Ihsan Abu Bakar and Sajaratulnisah Othman

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:309

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  21. Fathers may affect expectant mothers’ daily living situations, which in turn might influence pregnancy outcomes. We investigated the association between paternal violent criminality and risk of preterm birth (...

    Authors: Can Liu, Niklas Långström, Cecilia Ekéus, Thomas Frisell, Sven Cnattingius and Anders Hjern

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:307

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  22. Although compassion is considered to be of prime importance in nursing and midwifery, there is no clear understanding of what compassionate care in childbirth entails, and how midwives perceive compassionate c...

    Authors: Samantha Salome Krausé, Catharina Susanna Minnie and Siedine Knobloch Coetzee

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:304

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  23. Maternity Waiting Homes (MWHs) have been advocated to improve the utilization of skilled birth attendants. Nevertheless, delivery attended by skilled personnel is low in Ethiopia and may indicate that the util...

    Authors: Kindie Mitiku Kebede and Kebadnew Mulatu Mihrete

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:296

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  24. Neonatal mortality rate in Kenya continues to be unacceptably high. In reducing newborn deaths, inequality in access to care and quality care have been identified as current barriers. Contributing to these bar...

    Authors: Ian A. Ocholla, Nathan O. Agutu, Paul O. Ouma, Daniel Gatungu, Felistas O. Makokha and Jesse Gitaka

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:287

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  25. High quality maternity care is increasingly understood to represent a continuum of care. As well as ensuring a positive experience for mothers and families, integrated maternity care is responsive to mental he...

    Authors: L. Corscadden, E. J. Callander, S. M. Topp and D. E. Watson

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:286

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  26. The physical place and environment has a profound influence on experiences, health and wellbeing of birthing women. An alternatively designed delivery room, inspired by the principles of healing architecture a...

    Authors: Jane Hyldgaard Nielsen and Charlotte Overgaard

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:283

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  27. Mothers’ reports about pregnancy, maternity and their experiences during the perinatal period have been associated with infants’ later quality of attachment and development. Yet, there has been little research...

    Authors: Joana L. Gonçalves, Marina Fuertes, Maria João Alves, Sandra Antunes, Ana Rita Almeida, Rute Casimiro and Margarida Santos

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:276

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  28. An estimated 96% of registered refugees in Iran are Afghan. Almost half of them are young women at the reproductive age. The adequate maternity care is crucial for healthy pregnancy. There is limited knowledge...

    Authors: Omid Dadras, Ziba Taghizade, Fateme Dadras, Leyla Alizade, Seyedahmad Seyedalinaghi, Masako Ono-Kihara, Masahiro Kihara and Takeo Nakayama

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:274

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  29. Over the last decade, a trend towards high utilisation of primary maternity care was observed in high-income countries. There is limited research with contradictory results regarding frequent attendance (FA) a...

    Authors: Janneke T. Gitsels-van der Wal, Lisanne A. Gitsels, Angelo Hooker, Paula Scholing, Linda Martin and Esther I. Feijen-de Jong

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:269

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  30. The health care-seeking behaviour among Somali women is different from Swedish women’s behaviour, and this may have consequences for birth giving. The aim of the study was to identify and describe Somali women...

    Authors: Susanne Wallmo, Karin Allgurin and Carina Berterö

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:262

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  31. Childbirth in Australia occurs predominantly in a biomedical context, with 97% of births occurring in hospital. A small percentage of women choose to birth outside the system – that is, to have a midwife attended...

    Authors: Melanie K Jackson, Virginia Schmied and Hannah G Dahlen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:254

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  32. The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) has been shown to have positive effects in promoting healthy birth outcomes in the United States. We explored whether such effe...

    Authors: Erin L. Blakeney, Jerald R. Herting, Brenda Kaye Zierler and Betty Bekemeier

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:252

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  33. South Sudan has one of the highest maternal mortality ratios in the world, at 789 deaths per 100,000 live births. The majority of these deaths are due to complications during labor and delivery. Institutional ...

    Authors: Pontius Bayo, Loubna Belaid, Elijo Omoro Tahir, Emmanuel Ochola, Alexander Dimiti, Donato Greco and Christina Zarowsky

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:250

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  34. Quality and respect are increasingly recognized as critical aspects of the provision of health care, and poor quality may be an essential driver of low health care utilization, especially for maternal and neon...

    Authors: Emma Sacks and Emily Peca

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:249

    Content type: Commentary

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  35. Preterm birth is the leading cause of perinatal mortality and neonatal morbidity worldwide. Many factors have been associated with preterm birth, including parity. The aim of the present study was to investiga...

    Authors: Bouchra Koullali, Maud D. van Zijl, Brenda M. Kazemier, Martijn A. Oudijk, Ben W. J. Mol, Eva Pajkrt and Anita C. J. Ravelli

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:233

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  36. Women’s fertility intentions, their desired number of children and desired inter-pregnancy interval (IPI) are related to micro (personal) and macro (socio-cultural) level factors. We investigated factors that ...

    Authors: Heidi Preis, Selen Tovim, Pnina Mor, Sorina Grisaru-Granovsky, Arnon Samueloff and Yael Benyamini

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:228

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  37. Postpartum depression (PPD) is prevalent and may present major adverse impacts on mother and child health. According to previous studies, mostly from the western society, PPD may have complicated etiologies, s...

    Authors: Qing Li, Shunyu Yang, Ming Xie, Xiaoming Wu, Liping Huang, Weiqing Ruan and Yungang Liu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:226

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  38. The reduction in maternal mortality worldwide has increased the interest in studying more frequent severe events such as maternal near miss. The Human Development Index is a sociodemographic country-specific v...

    Authors: Santiago García-Tizón Larroca, Francisco Amor Valera, Esther Ayuso Herrera, Ignacio Cueto Hernandez, Yolanda Cuñarro Lopez and Juan De Leon-Luis

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:224

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  39. Smoking is the most important preventable cause of adverse pregnancy outcomes, but provision of smoking cessation support (SCS) to pregnant women is poor. We examined the association between midwives’ implemen...

    Authors: Megan E. Passey, Jo M. Longman, Catherine Adams, Jennifer J. Johnston, Jessica Simms and Margaret Rolfe

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:219

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  40. Given the relevance of paternal involvement in maternal care, there is a need to prepare first-time fathers to participate in pregnancy and childbirth actively. This study explores the experiences and needs of...

    Authors: Chiemeka Onyeze-Joe and Isabelle Godin

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:213

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  41. A recent systematic review identified very few studies on women’s views on how to improve the quality of maternal and newborn care (QMNC). This study aimed at exploring the suggestions provided by women, after...

    Authors: Marzia Lazzerini, Chiara Semenzato, Jaspreet Kaur, Benedetta Covi and Giorgia Argentini

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:200

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  42. An accurate assessment of the adequacy of prenatal care utilization is critical to inform the relationship between prenatal care and pregnancy outcomes. This systematic review critically appraises the evidence...

    Authors: Stewart Rowe, Zahra Karkhaneh, Isaiah MacDonald, Thane Chambers, Sana Amjad, Alvaro Osornio-Vargas, Radha Chari, Manoj Kumar and Maria B. Ospina

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:171

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  43. To improve the utilization of maternal and newborn health (MNH) care and to improve the quality of care, the World Health Organization (WHO) has strongly recommended men’s involvement in pregnancy, childbirth,...

    Authors: Ahmed Ehsanur Rahman, Janet Perkins, Shumona Sharmin Salam, Shema Mhajabin, Aniqa Tasnim Hossain, Tapas Mazumder and Shams EL Arifeen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:169

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  44. Antenatal care (ANC) is essential to improve maternal and newborn health and wellbeing. Antenatal care coverage is improving in Africa since over two-thirds of pregnant women have at least one ANC contact. How...

    Authors: Zemenu Tadesse Tessema and Yaregal Animut

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:137

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  45. Studies comparing the outcome of spontaneous versus assisted reproductive technologies (ART) pregnancies report heterogeneous results. Despite the success of ART to overcome infertility, concern is growing reg...

    Authors: Shana Ginar da Silva, Mariângela Freitas da Silveira, Andréa Dâmaso Bertoldi, Marlos Rodrigues Domingues and Iná da Silva dos Santos

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:106

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  46. In Denmark, 13% of all children are born by non-Western immigrant women. The public antenatal care has not adapted to this increased diversity of women. Compared to women coming from Western countries, non-Wes...

    Authors: Helle Johnsen, Nazila Ghavami Kivi, Cecilie H. Morrison, Mette Juhl, Ulla Christensen and Sarah F. Villadsen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:118

    Content type: Research article

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  47. This review aimed to identify and synthesise evidence of Muslim women’s experiences of maternity services in the UK. A systematic review and thematic synthesis of qualitative evidence, unrestricted by type of ...

    Authors: Tasneema Firdous, Zoe Darwin and Shaima M. Hassan

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:115

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  48. Perinatal health-seeking behaviours are influenced by various factors, including personal beliefs. South Asian women, who often live within a wide kinship system, can be influenced by the advice and guidance o...

    Authors: Sujane Kandasamy, Rebecca Anglin, Leila Gaind, Dipika Desai, Gita Wahi, Milan Gupta and Sonia S. Anand

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:113

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