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Maternity care and sociological aspects of pregnancy and childbirth

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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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

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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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

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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. Women who receive negative results from non-invasive prenatal genetic testing (NIPT) may find that they later have mixed or ambivalent feelings, for example, feelings of accepting NIPT and regretting undergoin...

    Authors: Junko Yotsumoto, Akihiko Sekizawa, Satomi Inoue, Nobuhiro Suzumori, Osamu Samura, Takahiro Yamada, Kiyonori Miura, Hideaki Masuzaki, Hideaki Sawai, Jun Murotsuki, Haruka Hamanoue, Yoshimasa Kamei, Toshiaki Endo, Akimune Fukushima, Yukiko Katagiri, Naoki Takeshita…

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:112

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  32. Maternal behaviours during pregnancy have short- and long-term consequences for maternal and infant health. Pregnancy is an ideal opportunity to encourage positive behaviour change. Despite this, limited infor...

    Authors: Marion Murphy, Sheena McHugh, Linda M. O’Keeffe, Richard A. Greene, Paul Corcoran and Patricia M. Kearney

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:98

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  33. Preterm birth in the United States is associated with maternal clinical factors such as diabetes, hypertension and social factors including race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. In California, 8.7% of all...

    Authors: Brittany N. Edwards, Monica R. McLemore, Kimberly Baltzell, Allen Hodgkin, Olga Nunez and Linda S. Franck

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:91

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  34. In Ethiopia, approximately three-fourths of mothers do not deliver in health facilities. Disrespect and abuse during childbirth fallouts in underutilization of institutional delivery that upshots maternal morb...

    Authors: Agegnehu Bante, Kedir Teji, Berhanu Seyoum and Abera Mersha

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:86

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  35. Evidence suggests that cigarette smoking and alcohol consumption during pregnancy negatively impacts fetal health. Health agencies across countries have developed specific guidelines for health professionals i...

    Authors: Sakari Lemola, Anna Gkiouleka, Natalie Urfer-Maurer, Alexander Grob, Katharina Tritten Schwarz and Yvonne Meyer-Leu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:31

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  36. Excessive body weight induces the occurrence of arterial hypertension. The risk associated with irregularities during the perinatal period is increased in women with diagnosed hypothyroidism. Disorders of thyr...

    Authors: Wioletta Waksmańska, Rafał Bobiński, Izabela Ulman-Włodarz and Anna Pielesz

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:29

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  37. Traditional hierarchical approaches to research give privilege to small groups with decision-making power, without direct input from those with lived experience of illness who bear the burden of disease. A Res...

    Authors: Linda S. Franck, Monica R. McLemore, Shanell Williams, Kathryn Millar, Anastasia Y. Gordon, Schyneida Williams, Nakia Woods, Lisa Edwards, Tania Pacheco, Artie Padilla, Fanta Nelson and Larry Rand

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:10

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  38. Emotional distress following pregnancy loss and neonatal loss is common, with enduring grief occurring for many parents. However, little is known about men’s grief, since the majority of existing literature an...

    Authors: Kate Louise Obst, Clemence Due, Melissa Oxlad and Philippa Middleton

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:11

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  39. Recently, a growing body of literature has established that disrespect and abuse during delivery is prevalent around the world. This complex issue has not been well studied through the lens of behavioral scien...

    Authors: Jana Smith, Rachel Banay, Emily Zimmerman, Vivien Caetano, Maurice Musheke and Ameck Kamanga

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:26

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  40. Husbands’ involvement in maternal care is considered as a crucial step in scaling up women’s utilization of the services. However, the factors related with how husband’s involvement in maternal health care hav...

    Authors: Wondwosen Teklesilasie and Wakgari Deressa

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:21

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  41. The optimal dietary practice is a critical requisite for maternal nutrition. However, the majority of Ethiopian pregnant women have inadequate nutrient intakes. These may be due to their poor dietary habits. I...

    Authors: Yeshalem Mulugeta Demilew, Getu Degu Alene and Tefera Belachew

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:18

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  42. Quality maternal health reduces maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity. Healthcare professionals, including midwives, are significant agents for the promotion of quality maternal health. Frequents repor...

    Authors: Veronica Millicent Dzomeku, Adwoa Bemah Boamah Mensah, Emmanuel Kweku Nakua, Pascal Agbadi, Jody R. Lori and Peter Donkor

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:15

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  43. Decreased birth satisfaction has been associated with labor induction. Yet, there is a paucity of data evaluating risk factors for decreased satisfaction associated with labor induction. We aimed to determine ...

    Authors: Rebecca F. Hamm, Sindhu K. Srinivas and Lisa D. Levine

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:530

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  44. A growing body of evidence is beginning to highlight how mass incarceration shapes inequalities in population health. Non-Hispanic blacks are disproportionately affected by incarceration and criminal law enfor...

    Authors: Lauren Dyer, Rachel Hardeman, Dovile Vilda, Katherine Theall and Maeve Wallace

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:525

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  45. Abuse against women in labor starts with subtle forms of discrimination that can turn into overt violence. Therefore it is crucial to work towards prevention and elimination of disrespect and ill-treatment in ...

    Authors: Barbara Baranowska, Antonina Doroszewska, Urszula Kubicka-Kraszyńska, Joanna Pietrusiewicz, Iwona Adamska-Sala, Anna Kajdy, Dorota Sys, Urszula Tataj-Puzyna, Grażyna Bączek and Susan Crowther

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:520

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  46. Perinatal grief is a process that affects families in biological, psychological, social and spiritual terms. It is estimated that every year there are 2.7 million perinatal deaths worldwide and 4.43 deaths for...

    Authors: Marcos Camacho-Ávila, Cayetano Fernández-Sola, Francisca Rosa Jiménez-López, José Granero-Molina, Isabel María Fernández-Medina, Laura Martínez-Artero and José Manuel Hernández-Padilla

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:512

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  47. The Community-Based Newborn Care (CBNC) program is a comprehensive strategy designed to improve the health of newborns during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postnatal period through health extension workers at...

    Authors: Tsegaye Gebremedhin, Dawit Wolde Daka, Yibeltal Kiflie Alemayehu, Kiddus Yitbarek and Ayal Debie

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:492

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  48. Less evidence exists regarding the association of social determinants and delivery mode in Jiangsu, and if the trend is influenced by the type of residence. This study aims to identify the significant social d...

    Authors: Hong Fan, Hai Gu, Hua You, Xinpeng Xu, Yun Kou and Nichao Yang

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:473

    Content type: Research article

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