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Maternity care and sociological aspects of pregnancy and childbirth

This section considers studies regarding all facets of care during preconception, pregnancy, birth, and postpartum in relation to psychosocial and demographic aspects, including but not limited to quality of care, health inequalities, deprivation, migration, race, and ethnicity.

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  1. Risk perception is based on collective indicators, but it is influenced by the individual’s self-perception of his health-disease process. This study aims to investigate the risk perception of pregnant women w...

    Authors: Thaís V Silva, Silvana F Bento, Leila Katz and Rodolfo C Pacagnella

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:633

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  2. To examine disparities by maternal place of birth in the opportunity to make an informed choice about Down syndrome screening, in France, where the national guidelines recommend that physicians offer it to all...

    Authors: Olivia Anselem, Marie-Josèphe Saurel-Cubizolles, Babak Khoshnood, Béatrice Blondel, Priscille Sauvegrain, Nathalie Bertille and Elie Azria

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:590

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  3. Mistreatment of women during facility-based childbirth is a major violation of human rights and often deters women from attending skilled birth. In Ethiopia, mistreatment occurs in up to 49.4% of mothers givin...

    Authors: Birkety Mengistu, Haregeweyni Alemu, Munir Kassa, Meseret Zelalem, Mehiret Abate, Befikadu Bitewulign, Kedest Mathewos, Kendra Njoku, Neil S. Prose and Hema Magge

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:541

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  4. Antepartum stillbirth, i.e., intrauterine fetal death (IUFD) above 24 weeks of gestation, occurs with a prevalence of 2.4–3.1 per 1000 live births in Central Europe. In order to ensure highest standards of tre...

    Authors: Dana A. Muin, Sabrina Neururer, Veronika Rotter, Hermann Leitner, Stephanie Leutgeb, Peter W. Husslein, Herbert Kiss and Petra Kohlberger

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:528

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  5. The birth of a child entails major changes in a woman’s life. In the perinatal period, the woman is particularly susceptible to emotional problems. The objective of the present paper was to investigate the rel...

    Authors: Grażyna Iwanowicz-Palus, Agnieszka Marcewicz and Agnieszka Bień

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:517

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  6. Hypertensive Disorder of Pregnancy (HDP) is one of the leading causes of maternal mortality and morbidity amongst pregnant women in the world. Blood pressure check-ups during pregnancy are one of the strategie...

    Authors: Fabiola V. Moshi and Maximilian Tungaraza

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:465

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  7. In 2017, roughly 540 women in Sub-Saharan Africa died every day from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. To stem this public-health crisis, the WHO recommends a standard continuity of mater...

    Authors: Dismas Matovelo, Pendo Ndaki, Victoria Yohani, Rose Laisser, Respicious Bakalemwa, Edgar Ndaboine, Zabron Masatu, Magdalena Mwaikambo, Jennifer L. Brenner and Warren M. Wilson

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:452

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  8. The prevalence of neural tube defects (NTDs) in China declined during 2000–2017 with periconceptional folic acid (FA) supplementation, which is effective in reducing the risk of birth defects. We aimed to asse...

    Authors: Mingming Cui, Xiao-Lin Lu, Yan-Yu Lyu, Fang Wang, Xiao-Lu Xie, Xi-Yue Cheng and Ting Zhang

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:432

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  9. Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is very commonly-seen in clinical settings, and GDM patients may have higher levels of anxiety. It’s necessary to evaluate the anxiety level and potentially influencing fact...

    Authors: Feng Fu, Ping Yan, Shuping You, Xinmin Mao, Tingting Qiao, Li Fu, Yanni Wang, Yali Dai and Palida Maimaiti

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:424

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  10. Home postpartum care is a major part of midwifery care in Germany. The user perspective plays an increasingly important role in the evaluation of health services, but there is a lack of valid and theoretically...

    Authors: Mirjam Peters, Petra Kolip and Rainhild Schäfers

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:412

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  11. In many countries, the increase in facility births is accompanied by a high rate of obstetric interventions. Lower birthrates or elevated risk factors such as women’s higher age at childbirth and an increased ...

    Authors: Stephan Oelhafen, Manuel Trachsel, Settimio Monteverde, Luigi Raio and Eva Cignacco

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:369

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  12. Although there is growing recognition of the importance of person-centered maternity care, the needs and perspectives of pregnant adolescents are rarely considered. The purpose of this study was to compare the...

    Authors: Martha J. Decker, Noelle Pineda, Abigail Gutmann-Gonzalez and Claire D. Brindis

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:349

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  13. The willingness to try in vitro fertilization (IVF) as an infertility treatment, as well as its psychosocial consequences for couples, may be influenced by how they perceive the attitudes of general public tow...

    Authors: Alicja Malina, Marta Roczniewska and Julie Ann Pooley

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:346

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  14. The number of international migrants continues to increase worldwide. Depending on their country of origin and migration experience, migrants may be at greater risk of maternal and neonatal morbidity and morta...

    Authors: Frankie Fair, Hora Soltani, Liselotte Raben, Yvonne van Streun, Eirini Sioti, Maria Papadakaki, Catherine Burke, Helen Watson, Mervi Jokinen, Eleanor Shaw, Elena Triantafyllou, Maria van den Muijsenbergh and Victoria Vivilaki

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:340

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  15. Child abuse and postnatal depression are two public health problems that often co-occur, with rates of childhood maltreatment highest during the first year of life. Internet-based behavioural activation (iBA) ...

    Authors: Erika Obikane, Toshiaki Baba, Tomohiro Shinozaki, Soichiro Obata, Sayuri Nakanishi, Chie Murata, Emiko Ushio, Yukio Suzuki, Norihito Shirakawa, Mari Honda, Natsu Sasaki, Daisuke Nishi, Heather O’Mahen and Norito Kawakami

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:314

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  16. There is increasing awareness that perinatal psychosocial adversity experienced by mothers, children, and their families, may influence health and well-being across the life course. To maximise the impact of p...

    Authors: John Eastwood, Andy Wang, Sarah Khanlari, Alicia Montgomery and Jean Yee Hwa Yang

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:277

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  17. Free maternal healthcare financing schemes play an essential role in the quality of services rendered to clients during antenatal care in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). However, healthcare managers’ and providers’ ...

    Authors: Monica Ansu-Mensah, Frederick Inkum Danquah, Vitalis Bawontuo, Peter Ansu-Mensah, Tahiru Mohammed, Roseline H. Udoh and Desmond Kuupiel

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:220

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  18. Providing high quality and respectful care during pregnancy and birth is one of the ways to reduce complications in women. Respectful care is a type of care that requires a valid instrument to measure. This st...

    Authors: Mina Esmkhani, Masoumeh Namadian, Ali Nooroozy and Jeffrey E. Korte

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:218

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  19. Recent UK maternity policy changes recommend that a named midwife supports women throughout their pregnancy, birth and postnatal care. Whilst many studies report high levels of satisfaction amongst women recei...

    Authors: N. Dharni, H. Essex, M. J. Bryant, A. Cronin de Chavez, K. Willan, D. Farrar, T. Bywater and J. Dickerson

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:205

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  20. It is well known that recruitment is a challenging aspect of any study involving human subjects. This challenge is exacerbated when the population sought is reticent to participate in research as is the case w...

    Authors: Rebecca Smith, Crystal Alvarez, Sylvia Crixell and Michelle A. Lane

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:203

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  21. Bedouin women in Israel confront a challenging circumstance between their traditional patriarchal society and transition to modernity. In terms of reproductive health, they face grave disparities as women, pre...

    Authors: Rachel Sharaby and Hagit Peres

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:190

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  22. Mental wellbeing during pregnancy and the year after birth is critical to a range of maternal and infant outcomes. Many mental health interventions fail to incorporate stakeholder perspectives. The Catalyst Pr...

    Authors: Tatiana Taylor Salisbury, Katie H Atmore, Inocencia Nhambongo, Muanacha Mintade, Luciana Massinga, Jak Spencer, Jonathan West and Flavio Mandlate

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:183

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  23. Psychological stress and coping experienced during pregnancy can have important effects on maternal and infant health, which can also vary by race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. Therefore, we assessed s...

    Authors: Celestina Barbosa-Leiker, Crystal Lederhos Smith, Erica J. Crespi, Olivia Brooks, Ekaterina Burduli, Samantha Ranjo, Cara L. Carty, Luciana E. Hebert, Sara F. Waters and Maria A. Gartstein

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:171

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  24. Nigeria is experiencing a high level of urbanization and urban poverty. Within Nigeria maternal and child health and family planning outcomes may differ by residence (capital city, urban/non-capital city and r...

    Authors: Kavita Singh, Ilene S. Speizer, Rashida-E Ijdi and Lisa M. Calhoun

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:170

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  25. Rwanda has made great progress in improving reproductive, maternal, and newborn health (RMNH) care; however, barriers to ensuring timely and full RMNH service utilization persist, including women’s limited dec...

    Authors: Kate Doyle, Shamsi Kazimbaya, Ruti Levtov, Joya Banerjee, Myra Betron, Reena Sethi, Marie Rose Kayirangwa, Kristina Vlahovicova, Felix Sayinzoga and Rosemary Morgan

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:156

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  26. Migrant women may have an increased risk of adverse birth outcomes. This study analyses the occurrence of low birth weight, preterm birth and intrauterine growth restriction / fetal growth restriction (IUGR/FG...

    Authors: Juliane Ankert, Tanja Groten, Mathias W. Pletz, Sasmita Mishra, Gregor Seliger, Silvia M. Lobmaier, Clarissa Prazeres da Costa, Vera Seidel, Katharina von Weizsäcker, Alexandra Jablonka, Christian Dopfer and Benjamin T. Schleenvoigt

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:145

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  27. Diagnoses of perinatal opioid use disorder (OUD) continue to rise in the United States. Patients and providers report obstacles to OUD treatment access. Difficulties include legal ambiguity related to Social S...

    Authors: Catherine Leiner, Tamara Cody, Nathan Mullins, Melinda Ramage and Bayla M. M. Ostrach

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:143

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  28. Between 2006 and 2013, Peru implemented national programs which drastically decreased rates of maternal and neonatal mortality. However, since 2013, maternal and neonatal mortality in Peru have increased. Addi...

    Authors: Brianna Vargas, Paola Louzado-Feliciano, Nicole Santos, Shannon Fuller, Sopiko Jimsheleishvili, Ángela Quiñones and Holly H. Martin

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:135

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  29. Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are associated with illicit drug use among pregnant women who are socioeconomically vulnerable. While it is assumed that the impact of ACEs on illicit drug use in pregnancy...

    Authors: Cheryl L. Currie and Suzanne C. Tough

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:133

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  30. How to best support pregnant women in making truly autonomous decisions which accord with current consent law is poorly understood and problematic for them and their healthcare professionals. This observationa...

    Authors: Jacqueline A. Nicholls, Anna L. David, Joseph Iskaros, Dimitrios Siassakos and Anne Lanceley

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:102

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  31. Sexual health is a multidimensional phenomenon constructed by personal, social, and cultural factors but continues to be studied with a biomedical approach. During the postpartum period, a woman transitions to...

    Authors: Lidia Pardell-Dominguez, Patrick A. Palmieri, Karen A. Dominguez-Cancino, Doriam E. Camacho-Rodriguez, Joan E. Edwards, Jean Watson and Juan M. Leyva-Moral

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:92

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  32. Acceptance of smoking cessation support during antenatal care and associated quitting behaviours of pregnant Aboriginal women or women having an Aboriginal baby has not been investigated. This study aimed to d...

    Authors: Justine B. Daly, Sarah Dowe, Belinda Tully, Flora Tzelepis, Christophe Lecathelinais and Karen Gillham

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:85

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  33. Postpartum maternal functioning has the potential to affect the quality of interaction between mother and child. A proper assessment of maternal functioning requires a comprehensive and accurate tool. The obje...

    Authors: Mehri Ansariniaki, Minoor Lamyian, Fazlollah Ahmadi, Abbas Rahimi Foroushani, Carolann L. Curry and Jennifer L. Barkin

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:83

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  34. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that pregnant women engage in at least 20 to 30 min of moderate-intensity physical activity on most days of the week. Regular exercise ...

    Authors: Maria Koleilat, Nancy Vargas, Victoria vanTwist and Gergana Damianova Kodjebacheva

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:69

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  35. The aims of our research were as follows: First, to estimate the prevalence of female sexual dysfunction in early, middle, late stages of pregnancy, and postpartum 6 months after delivery. Second, to discuss r...

    Authors: Qiuxiang Zhang, Min Shen, Yaning Zheng, Shimei Jiao, Shangxiao Gao, Xiaoling Wang, Li Zou and Miao Shen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:65

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  36. Neonatal hyperbilirubinaemia is a physiologic phenomenon, but, when severe, may cause lifelong disability. Maternity care assistants (MCAs) play an important role in timely recognition of severe neonatal jaund...

    Authors: Berthe A. M. van der Geest, Imke M. Theeuwen, Irwin K. M. Reiss, Eric A. P. Steegers and Jasper V. Been

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:63

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  37. A study was done to explore the attitudes of relevant health care professionals (HCP) towards the provision of intensive care for periviable and extremely premature babies.

    Authors: Susan Ireland, Robin Ray, Sarah Larkins and Lynn Woodward

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:55

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  38. In the near future, developments in non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) may offer couples the opportunity to expand the range of genetic conditions tested with this technology. This possibility raises a host ...

    Authors: Hazar Haidar, Jessica Le Clerc-Blain, Meredith Vanstone, Anne-Marie Laberge, Gilles Bibeau, Labib Ghulmiyyah and Vardit Ravitsky

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:54

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  39. The goal of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is to provide optimal care for preterm and sick infants while supporting their growth and development. The NICU environment can be stressful for preterm infa...

    Authors: Sarah Coutts, Alix Woldring, Ann Pederson, Julie De Salaberry, Horacio Osiovich and Lori A. Brotto

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:52

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  40. Having a preterm newborn and the experience of staying in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) has the potential to impact a mother’s mental health and overall quality of life. However, currently there are ...

    Authors: Kameelah Gateau, Ashley Song, Douglas L. Vanderbilt, Cynthia Gong, Philippe Friedlich, Michele Kipke and Ashwini Lakshmanan

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:48

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  41. Sub-Saharan Africa, as opposed to other regions, has the highest under-five mortality rates yet makes the least improvement in reducing under-five mortality. Despite the decline, Ethiopia is among the top ten ...

    Authors: Samuel Oduse, Temesgen Zewotir and Delia North

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:44

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  42. From 2014 to 2016, the largest Ebola outbreak in history threatened Sierra Leone and its neighbouring countries, Guinea and Liberia. The Ebola outbreak impacted pregnant adolescent girl’s access to prenatal ca...

    Authors: Hamida Massaquoi, Catherine Atuhaire, Gorgeous Sarah Chinkonono, Betty Nyawira Christensen, Hannah Bradby and Samuel Nambile Cumber

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:37

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  43. Historically, men’s experiences of grief following pregnancy loss and neonatal death have been under-explored in comparison to women. However, investigating men’s perspectives is important, given potential gen...

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

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:29

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  44. Increasing worldwide rates of cesarean section are of global concern. In recent years, cesarean births upon maternal request have become a hotly debated issue. Hence, this study aimed to explore maternal reaso...

    Authors: Chitkasaem Suwanrath, Sopen Chunuan, Phawat Matemanosak and Sutham Pinjaroen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:23

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  45. The uptake of skilled pregnancy care in rural areas of Nigeria remains a challenge amid the various strategies aimed at improving access to skilled care. The low use of skilled health care during pregnancy, ch...

    Authors: Ogochukwu Udenigwe, Friday E. Okonofua, Lorretta F. C. Ntoimo, Wilson Imongan, Brian Igboin and Sanni Yaya

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:20

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  46. Many maternal factors are known to be associated with adverse birth outcomes, but studies about paternal factors yielded inconsistent conclusions. The study was to assess whether paternal factors are associate...

    Authors: Jing Li, Jie Qiu, Ling Lv, Baohong Mao, Lei Huang, Tao Yang, Cheng Wang and Qing Liu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:19

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  47. Mental health in China is a significant issue, and perinatal depression has been recognized as a concern, as it may affect pregnancy outcomes. There are growing calls to address China’s mental health system ca...

    Authors: Shahirose Sadrudin Premji, Keith S. Dobson, Anupa Prashad, Shelby Yamamoto, Fangbiao Tao, Beibei Zhu, Xiaoyan Wu, Mengjuan Lu and Shanshan Shao

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:15

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  48. Low birth weight rates are increasing in both developed and developing countries. Although several maternal factors have been identified as associated with low birth weight, little is known of economic or orga...

    Authors: Diego Erasun, Jéssica Alonso-Molero, Inés Gómez-Acebo, Trinidad Dierssen-Sotos, Javier Llorca and José Schneider

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:13

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  49. Numerous changes occur in different aspects of women’s lives in the postpartum period. Women’s adjusting with problems and taking advantage of this opportunity can develop their personality. In this regard, ac...

    Authors: Mahboobeh Asadi, Mahnaz Noroozi and Mousa Alavi

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:7

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