Maternity care and sociological aspects of pregnancy and childbirth

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  1. Research article

    Multidisciplinary consensus on screening for, diagnosis and management of fetal growth restriction in the Netherlands

    Screening for, diagnosis and management of intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) is often performed in multidisciplinary collaboration. However, variation in screening methods, diagnosis and management of IUG...

    Viki Verfaille, Ank de Jonge, Lidwine Mokkink, Myrte Westerneng, Henriëtte van der Horst, Petra Jellema and Arie Franx

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:353

    Published on: 16 October 2017

  2. Research article

    Association between very advanced maternal age and adverse pregnancy outcomes: a cross sectional Japanese study

    While several studies have demonstrated the increased risk of pregnancy complications for women of advanced age, few studies have focused on women with very advanced age (≥ 45), despite the increasing rate of ...

    Kohei Ogawa, Kevin Y. Urayama, Shinji Tanigaki, Haruhiko Sago, Shoji Sato, Shigeru Saito and Naho Morisaki

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:349

    Published on: 10 October 2017

  3. Research article

    The impact of a referral card-based intervention on intimate partner violence, psychosocial health, help-seeking and safety behaviour during pregnancy and postpartum: a randomized controlled trial

    We aimed to investigate the impact of a referral-based intervention in a prospective cohort of women disclosing intimate partner violence (IPV) on the prevalence of violence, and associated outcomes psychosoci...

    An-Sofie Van Parys, Ellen Deschepper, Kristien Roelens, Marleen Temmerman and Hans Verstraelen

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:346

    Published on: 6 October 2017

  4. Research article

    Factors influencing the clinical decision-making of midwives: a qualitative study

    Although midwives make clinical decisions that have an impact on the health and well-being of mothers and babies, little is known about how they make those decisions. Wide variation in intrapartum decisions to re...

    Darie O. A. Daemers, Evelien B. M. van Limbeek, Hennie A. A. Wijnen, Marianne J. Nieuwenhuijze and Raymond G. de Vries

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:345

    Published on: 6 October 2017

  5. Debate

    Implementing non-invasive prenatal testing into publicly funded antenatal screening services for Down syndrome and other conditions in Aotearoa New Zealand

    Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) is a relatively new screen for congenital conditions – specifically, common fetal aneuploidies including Down Syndrome. The test is based on isolating freely circulating fr...

    Sara Filoche, Fiona Cram, Bev Lawton, Angela Beard and Peter Stone

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:344

    Published on: 4 October 2017

  6. Research article

    A qualitative inquiry on pregnant women’s preferences for mental health screening

    Approaches to screening can influence the acceptance of and comfort with mental health screening. Qualitative evidence on pregnant women’s comfort with different screening approaches and disclosure of mental h...

    Hamideh Bayrampour, Deborah A. McNeil, Karen Benzies, Charleen Salmon, Karen Gelb and Suzanne Tough

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:339

    Published on: 3 October 2017

  7. Research article

    Learning from deaths: Parents’ Active Role and ENgagement in The review of their Stillbirth/perinatal death (the PARENTS 1 study)

    Following a perinatal death, a formal standardised multi-disciplinary review should take place, to learn from the death of a baby and facilitate improvements in future care. It has been recommended that bereav...

    Danya Bakhbakhi, Dimitrios Siassakos, Christy Burden, Ffion Jones, Freya Yoward, Maggie Redshaw, Samantha Murphy and Claire Storey

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:333

    Published on: 2 October 2017

  8. Research article

    Changing times? Gender roles and relationships in maternal, newborn and child health in Malawi

    For years, Malawi remained at the bottom of league tables on maternal, neonatal and child health. Although maternal mortality ratios have reduced and significant progress has been made in reducing neonatal mor...

    Lucinda Manda-Taylor, Daniel Mwale, Tamara Phiri, Aisling Walsh, Anne Matthews, Ruairi Brugha, Victor Mwapasa and Elaine Byrne

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:321

    Published on: 25 September 2017

  9. Research article

    Human Development Index (HDI) of the maternal country of origin as a predictor of perinatal outcomes - a longitudinal study conducted in Spain

    In an era of worldwide population displacement, recent studies have identified strong associations between social situations and perinatal outcomes among immigrants. Little is known about the effect of materna...

    S. Garcia-Tizon Larroca, J. Arevalo-Serrano, A. Duran Vila, M. P. Pintado Recarte, I. Cueto Hernandez, A. Solis Pierna, S. Lizarraga Bonelli and J. De Leon-Luis

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:314

    Published on: 21 September 2017

  10. Research article

    Obstetric professionals’ perceptions of non-invasive prenatal testing for Down syndrome: clinical usefulness compared with existing tests and ethical implications

    While non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) for fetal aneuploidy is commercially available in many countries, little is known about how obstetric professionals in non-Western populations perceive the clinical u...

    Olivia Miu Yung Ngan, Huso Yi, Samuel Yeung Shan Wong, Daljit Sahota and Shenaz Ahmed

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:285

    Published on: 5 September 2017

  11. Research article

    “Engaging with birth stories in pregnancy: a hermeneutic phenomenological study of women’s experiences across two generations”

    The birth story has been widely understood as a crucial source of knowledge about childbirth. What has not been reported is the effect that birth stories may have on primigravid women’s understandings of birth...

    Lesley Kay, Soo Downe, Gill Thomson and Kenny Finlayson

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:283

    Published on: 4 September 2017

  12. Research article

    Development of a questionnaire for assessing the childbirth experience (QACE)

    Due to its potential impact on women’s psychological health, assessing perceptions of their childbirth experience is important. The aim of this study was to develop a multidimensional self-reporting questionna...

    Pierre Carquillat, Françoise Vendittelli, Thomas Perneger and Marie-Julia Guittier

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:279

    Published on: 30 August 2017

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