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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. Maternal healthcare services in Indonesia have seen dramatic improvements over the past 25 years and yet there is still room for improvement. The perception, by the women, of the perinatal care provided, is a ...

    Authors: Kazuko Tanaka, Ni Made Dian Kurniasari, Desak Nyoman Widyanthini, Ni Luh Putu Suariyani, Rina Listyowati, Akimi Urayama, I. Made Ady Wirawan and Koichi Yoshimura

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:760

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  20. Most studies have shown that maternal age is associated with birth weight. However, the specific relationship between each additional year of maternal age and birth weight remains unclear. The study aimed to a...

    Authors: Shanshan Wang, Liren Yang, Li Shang, Wenfang Yang, Cuifang Qi, Liyan Huang, Guilan Xie, Ruiqi Wang and Mei Chun Chung

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:744

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  21. Emergency peripartum hysterectomy (EPH) is a known remedy for saving women’s lives when faced with the challenging situation of severe post partum hemorrhage not responsive to conservative management. However,...

    Authors: Patrick Pilli, Peter Sekweyama and Anthony Kayira

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:729

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  22. Community-based bilingual doula (CBD) services have been established to respond to migrant women’s needs and reduce barriers to high quality maternity care. The aim of this study was to compare birth outcomes ...

    Authors: Ulrika Byrskog, Rhonda Small and Erica Schytt

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:721

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  23. Trauma, natural and man-made catastrophic events can be predictors of postpartum psychological distress. In a public health response due to coronavirus disease 2019 outbreak, the Italian government imposed a l...

    Authors: Luca Ostacoli, Stefano Cosma, Federica Bevilacqua, Paola Berchialla, Marialuisa Bovetti, Andrea Roberto Carosso, Francesca Malandrone, Sara Carletto and Chiara Benedetto

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:703

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  24. The current maternal mortality ratio in Uganda is 336 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births. Infant mortality is 43 deaths per 1000 live births, with 42% of the mortality occurring during the neonatal period...

    Authors: Geoffrey Babughirana, Sanne Gerards, Alex Mokori, Elisha Nangosha, Stef Kremers and Jessica Gubbels

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:686

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  25. COVID-19 may predispose pregnant women to higher risks of severe disease and poorer neonatal outcome. Psychological sequalae of this pandemic may pose a greater conundrum than its clinical aspects. It is curre...

    Authors: Ryan Wai Kheong Lee, See Ling Loy, Liying Yang, Jerry Kok Yen Chan and Lay Kok Tan

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:675

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  26. The effect and extent of abnormal placental perfusion (APP) on the risk of male hypospadias are poorly understood. We compared the prevalence of male hypospadias in the offspring of women with APP and quantify...

    Authors: Chen Zhu, Bin Zhang, Ting Peng, Ming-Qing Li, Yun-Yun Ren and Jiang-Nan Wu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:673

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  27. Childbirth preparation classes can reduce pregnant women’s anxiety and fear for their childbirth. However, to evaluate women’s feedback and their satisfaction with these classes, there is a need for a standard...

    Authors: Robab Hassanzadeh, Mohammad Asghari Jafarabadi, Fatemeh Abbas-Alizadeh, Shahla Meedya, Sakineh Mohammad-Alizadeh-Charandabi and Mojgan Mirghafourvand

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:669

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  28. Performing obstetric ultrasound is part of midwifery practice in Norway. Knowledge of these midwives’ working situation can enhance understanding of what their work involves and the challenges they encounter i...

    Authors: Magnhild Reiso, Berit Langli, Eva Sommerseth and Aud Johannessen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:641

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  29. Although male involvement enhances obstetric care-seeking behavior, the practice of male involvement in developing countries remains unacceptably low. Male involvement in maternal services utilization can be i...

    Authors: Fabiola V. Moshi, Stephen M. Kibusi and Flora Fabian

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:634

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  30. Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) allows women to access genetic information about their fetuses without the physical risk inherent to prior testing methods. The advent of NIPT technology has led to concern...

    Authors: Sophie Montgomery and Zaneta M. Thayer

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:630

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  31. Midwifery care plays a vital role in the reduction of preventable maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity. There is a growing concern about the quality of care during facility based childbirth and the occ...

    Authors: Anna Galle, Helma Manaharlal, Sally Griffin, Nafissa Osman, Kristien Roelens and Olivier Degomme

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:629

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  32. A vigilant prescription of drugs during pregnancy can potentially safeguard the growing fetus from the deleterious effect of the drug while attempting to manage the mother’s health problems. There is a paucity...

    Authors: Niguse Meles Alema, Getachew Semagn, Shetey Melesse, Ephrem Mebrahtu Araya, Hagazi Gebremedhin, Desalegn Getnet Demsie, Solomon Weldegebreal Asgedom and Etasy Weldekidan

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:624

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  33. No Pain Labor &Delivery (NPLD) is a nongovernmental project to increase access to safe neuraxial analgesia through specialized training. This study explores the change in overall cesarean delivery (CD) rate an...

    Authors: Yun Zhao, Ying Gao, Guoqiang Sun, Ling Yu and Ying Lin

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:613

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  34. Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) in singleton pregnancies represent a high-risk scenario. The incidence, associated factors and outcomes of GDM in twin pregnancies is not known in the UAE.

    Authors: Juma Alkaabi, Raya Almazrouei, Taoufik Zoubeidi, Fatema M. Alkaabi, Fatima Rashid Alkendi, Amel Eisa Almiri, Charu Sharma, Abdul-Kader Souid, Nasloon Ali and Luai A. Ahmed

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:612

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  35. The aim of this national survey was to explore pregnant women’s perceptions of COVID-19 and their healthcare experiences.

    Authors: Babu Karavadra, Andrea Stockl, Edward Prosser-Snelling, Paul Simpson and Edward Morris

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:600

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  36. Involving the husband in antenatal care follow up have a crucial role in pregnancy outcome and highly recommended by the world health organization. Data on husbands’ involvement during ANC follow up in Debre B...

    Authors: Sisay Shine, Behailu Derseh, Bethlehem Alemayehu, Gebrehiwot Hailu, Hussein Endris, Saba Desta and Yibeltal Birhane

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:567

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  37. Pregnant women with a history of preterm birth are at risk for recurrence, often requiring frequent prenatal visits for close monitoring and/or preventive therapies. Employment demands can limit uptake and adh...

    Authors: Sarahn M. Wheeler, Kelley E. C. Massengale, Konyin Adewumi, Thelma A. Fitzgerald, Carrie B. Dombeck, Teresa Swezey, Geeta K. Swamy and Amy Corneli

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:565

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  38. The maternity care system in the Netherlands is well known for its support of community-based midwifery. However, regular midwifery practices typically do not offer caseload midwifery care – one-to-one continu...

    Authors: Pien Offerhaus, Suze Jans, Chantal Hukkelhoven, Raymond de Vries and Marianne Nieuwenhuijze

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:517

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  39. Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 prioritizes women’s empowerment and gender equality, alone and as drivers of other SDGs. Efforts to validate universal measures of women’s empowerment have eclipsed efforts...

    Authors: Kathryn M. Yount, Laurie James-Hawkins and Hanan F. Abdul Rahim

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:503

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  40. Weight stigma is a societal phenomenon that is very prevalent in healthcare, precipitating poor patient-provider relationships, discontinuity of care, and delayed cancer screening. Little research, though, has...

    Authors: Angela C. Incollingo Rodriguez, Stephanie M. Smieszek, Kathryn E. Nippert and A. Janet Tomiyama

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:499

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  41. Effective communication is crucial to any doctor-patient consultation, not least in pregnancy where the outcome affects more than one person. While higher levels of patient participation and shared decision ma...

    Authors: Jo Hilder, Maria Stubbe, Lindsay Macdonald, Peter Abels and Anthony C. Dowell

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:493

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  42. Growing numbers of men, trans/masculine, and non-binary people are becoming gestational parents, yet very little is known about experiences of pregnancy loss among this diverse population.

    Authors: Damien W. Riggs, Ruth Pearce, Carla A. Pfeffer, Sally Hines, Francis Ray White and Elisabetta Ruspini

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:482

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  43. Social support is generally perceived to facilitate health in postpartum women; however, previous research shows that this is not always true. Social interactions intended to provide support can be perceived a...

    Authors: Sadie Puddister, Ola Ali-Saleh, Michal Cohen-Dar and Orna Baron-Epel

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:480

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  44. Pregnancy is a period of happiness but also of physical and psychological changes that can lead to distress. Functional coping strategies can reduce the pregnancy specific-stress. This study aimed to assess th...

    Authors: Chiara Penengo, Chiara Colli, Marco Garzitto, Lorenza Driul, Maddalena Cesco and Matteo Balestrieri

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:466

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  45. International data suggest that living in a rural area is associated with an increased risk of perinatal mental illness. This study tested the association between rurality and risk for two mental illnesses pre...

    Authors: Samuel Ginja, Katherine Jackson, James J. Newham, Emily J. Henderson, Debbie Smart and Raghu Lingam

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:464

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  46. 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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  47. 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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  48. 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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