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Maternity care and sociological aspects of pregnancy and childbirth

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  1. Content type: Research article

    Despite advocating for male involvement in antenatal education, there is unmet need for antenatal education information for expectant couples. The objective of this study was to gain a deeper understanding of ...

    Authors: Maria Chifuniro Chikalipo, Ellen Mbweza Chirwa and Adamson Sinjani Muula

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:497

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    One of the essential components of antenatal care (ANC) is birth preparedness and complication readiness (BP/CR). Strengthening BP/CR measures is one of the principal strategies to reduce maternal mortality an...

    Authors: Amanual Getnet Mersha

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:493

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    Cleansing the umbilical cord with chlorhexidine reduces neonatal morbidity and mortality, particularly in communities where newborn deaths and home births are common. As a result, the World Health Organization...

    Authors: David Mukunya, Marte E. S. Haaland, James K. Tumwine, Grace Ndeezi, Olive Namugga, Josephine Tumuhamye, Halvor Sommerfelt, Joseph Rujumba, Thorkild Tylleskar, Karen Marie Moland and Victoria Nankabirwa

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:476

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    Prenatal diagnosis of fetal congenital heart disease (CHD) is becoming widely available but there is a lack of understanding on such expectant mothers’ experiences during pregnancy. This was the first study to...

    Authors: Yu-Mi Im, Tae-Jin Yun, Il-Young Yoo, Sanghee Kim, Juhye Jin and Sue Kim

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:467

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Lifestyle interventions for obese pregnant women have been widely researched but little is known about predictors of low adherence or poor outcomes. This study evaluated the prospective associations between el...

    Authors: Emma Molyneaux, Shahina Begum, Annette L. Briley, Paul T. Seed, Louise M. Howard and Lucilla Poston

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:378

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  6. Content type: Study protocol

    Cohort studies have public health importance as they effectively provide evidence on determinants of health from a life course perspective. Researchers often confront the poor follow-up rates as a major challe...

    Authors: Giridhara R Babu, Maithili Karthik, Deepa Ravi, Yamuna Ana, Prafulla Shriyan, Kiran Kumar Hasige, Keerti Deshpande, Lokesh Bangalore Siddlingaiah, Sanjay Kinra and Gudlavalleti Venkata Satyanarayana Murthy

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:369

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Tanzania has ratified and abides to legal treaties indicating the obligation of the state to provide essential maternal health care as a basic human right. Nevertheless, the quality of maternal health care is ...

    Authors: Thomas Wiswa John, Dickson Ally Mkoka, Gasto Frumence and Isabel Goicolea

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:352

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  8. Content type: Research article

    The perinatal period precipitates significant intra- and inter- personal changes. How heterosexual couples understand and account for such changes, however, has received relatively little attention.

    Authors: Damien W. Riggs, Anna Worth and Clare Bartholomaeus

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:342

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Hypertensive disorders in pregnancy (HDP) are the most common medical disorders in pregnancy and the greatest single cause of maternal mortality worldwide. Ethnicity appears to be a significant risk factor for...

    Authors: Fatima Ouasmani, Bernice Engeltjes, Bouchra Haddou Rahou, Ouafae Belayachi and Corine Verhoeven

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:344

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  10. Content type: Research article

    A considerable amount of qualitative evidence reporting abusive treatment of women during delivery by health providers is available. However, there is a dearth of information regarding the actual prevalence an...

    Authors: Shreeporna Bhattacharya and T. K. Sundari Ravindran

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:338

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Recruitment of pregnant women to population health research can be challenging, especially if the research topic is sensitive. While many pregnant women may be inherently interested in research about pregnancy...

    Authors: Evelyne Muggli, Helen Curd, Cate Nagle, Della Forster and Jane Halliday

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:334

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  12. Content type: Research article

    The Midwife-led maternity services have been implemented in China in response to the high rates of primiparous women and Caesarean Sections (CS) which may be related to China’s one-child policy. However, few s...

    Authors: Jing Hua, Liping Zhu, Li Du, Yu Li, Zhuochun Wu, Da Wo and Wenchong Du

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:329

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Despite the increasing number of women with disability globally becoming pregnant, there is currently limited research about their experiences. A national survey of women’s experience of dignity and respect du...

    Authors: Jenny Hall, Vanora Hundley, Bethan Collins and Jillian Ireland

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:328

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  14. Content type: Research article

    The Midlands and North of England Stillbirth Study (MiNESS) was a case-control study of women who had a stillbirth or who had an ongoing pregnancy. During the set up phase questions were raised about whether i...

    Authors: Jayne Budd, Tomasina Stacey, Bill Martin, Devender Roberts and Alexander E. P. Heazell

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:317

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Research shows that continuity of midwifery carer in pregnancy improves maternal and neonatal outcomes. This study examines whether midwifery group practice (MGP) care during pregnancy affects infant neurodeve...

    Authors: Gabrielle Simcock, Sue Kildea, Sue Kruske, David P. Laplante, Guillaume Elgbeili and Suzanne King

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:309

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Participation in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) has been associated with lower risk of stillbirth. We hypothesized that such an association would differ by rac...

    Authors: Meghan Angley, Vanessa R. Thorsten, Carolyn Drews-Botsch, Donald J. Dudley, Robert L. Goldenberg, Robert M. Silver, Barbara J. Stoll, Halit Pinar and Carol J. R. Hogue

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:306

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  17. Content type: Research article

    There is a very large population of internal migrants in China, and the majority of migrant women are of childbearing age. Little is known about their utilization of prenatal care and factors that influence th...

    Authors: Zhanhong Zong, Jianyuan Huang, Xiaoming Sun, Jingshu Mao, Xingyu Shu and Norman Hearst

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:301

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  18. Content type: Research article

    This study aimed to establish consensus on the expression and distinction of disordered eating in pregnancy to improve awareness across various health professions and inform the development of a pregnancy-spec...

    Authors: Amy Jean Bannatyne, Roger Hughes, Peta Stapleton, Bruce Watt and Kristen MacKenzie-Shalders

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:262

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Access to skilled health services during pregnancy, childbirth and postnatal period for obstetric care is one of the strongest determinants of maternal and newborn health (MNH) outcomes. In many countries, hus...

    Authors: Ahmed Ehsanur Rahman, Janet Perkins, Sajia Islam, Abu Bakkar Siddique, Md Moinuddin, Mohammed Rashidul Anwar, Tapas Mazumder, Adnan Ansar, Mohammad Masudur Rahman, Shahreen Raihana, Cecilia Capello, Carlo Santarelli, Shams El Arifeen and Dewan Md Emdadul Hoque

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:247

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  20. Content type: Research article

    While there has been a steady decline in adolescent pregnancies worldwide and in Australia over the last three decades, Australian rates still rank third highest among developed countries. Adolescent pregnanci...

    Authors: S. Connor, K. Edvardsson and E. Spelten

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:245

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  21. Content type: Research article

    The aim of the study was to estimate the proportion of women giving birth in two hospitals in the Region of Southern Denmark who did not attend the malformation scan and to elucidate the reasons for not partic...

    Authors: Karina Hjort-Pedersen, Annette Wind Olesen, Ester Garne and Lene Sperling

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:231

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Studies from around the world have shown that women living as undocumented migrants have limited and deficient access to perinatal care, increasing their risks of both physical and psychological complications ...

    Authors: My Barkensjö, Josephine T. V. Greenbrook, Josefine Rosenlundh, Henry Ascher and Helen Elden

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:217

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Physical presence during labour offer women opportunity of having positive childbirth experiences as well as childbirth outcomes. The study aimed to determine what support provided by midwives during intrapart...

    Authors: Maria S. Maputle

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:210

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Pregnancy is a time of high risk for excessive weight gain, leading to health-related consequences for mothers and offspring. Theory-based obesity interventions that target proposed mechanisms of biobehavioral...

    Authors: Cassandra Vieten, Barbara A. Laraia, Jean Kristeller, Nancy Adler, Kimberly Coleman-Phox, Nicole R. Bush, Helané Wahbeh, Larissa G. Duncan and Elissa Epel

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:201

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  25. Content type: Research article

    There is limited information on the determinants of infant mortality outcomes for the children of women prisoners. This study aimed to explore determinants of infant mortality for Indigenous and non-Indigenous...

    Authors: Caitlin McMillen Dowell, Gloria C. Mejia, David B. Preen and Leonie Segal

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:202

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  26. Content type: Research article

    When used judiciously, cesarean sections can save lives; but in the United States, prior research indicates that cesarean birth rates have risen beyond the threshold to help women and infants and become a cont...

    Authors: Emily White VanGompel, Elliott K. Main, Daniel Tancredi and Joy Melnikow

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:184

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  27. Content type: Debate

    Globally, complications of prematurity are the leading cause of death in children under five. Preterm infants who survive their first month of life are at greater risk for various diseases and impairments in i...

    Authors: Adriano Cattaneo, Adidja Amani, Nathalie Charpak, Socorro De Leon-Mendoza, Sarah Moxon, Somashekhar Nimbalkar, Giorgio Tamburlini, Julieta Villegas and Anne-Marie Bergh

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:170

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Eating Disorders (ED) are mental health disorders that typically effect women of childbearing age and are associated with adverse maternal and infant outcomes. UK healthcare guidance recommends routine enquiry...

    Authors: Amanda Bye, Jill Shawe, Debra Bick, Abigail Easter, Megan Kash-Macdonald and Nadia Micali

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:114

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Residential instability during pregnancy has been linked to poor health outcomes. As a first step toward providing better health care to pregnant migrant women, the size and characteristics of this population ...

    Authors: Ying Ji, Xiaoping Zhao, Zhili Wang, Shenglan Liu, Yang Shen and Chun Chang

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:165

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  30. Content type: Research article

    The first child’s birth is for most mothers a profound experience carrying the potential to change life orientations and values. However, little is known of how becoming a mother influences the existential dim...

    Authors: Christina Prinds, Ole Mogensen, Niels Christian Hvidt and Mette Bliddal

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:157

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Excessive gestational weight gain (GWG) is common and contributes to the development of obesity in women and their offspring. Electronic or e-health interventions have the potential to reach large groups of wo...

    Authors: Christine M. Olson, Susan W. Groth, Meredith L. Graham, Jennifer E. Reschke, Myla S. Strawderman and Isabel Diana Fernandez

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:148

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Population-based prenatal screening has become a common and widely available obstetrical practice in majority of developed countries. Under the patient autonomy principle, women should understand the screening...

    Authors: An Chen, Henni Tenhunen, Paulus Torkki, Antti Peltokorpi, Seppo Heinonen, Paul Lillrank and Vedran Stefanovic

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:119

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Social network characteristics influence a wide range of health behaviors but few studies examine the relationship between social network characteristics and pregnancy-related outcomes.

    Authors: Leanne Dougherty, Emily Stammer and Thomas W. Valente

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:97

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  34. Content type: Research article

    We apply Intersectional Theory to examine how compounded disadvantage affects the odds of women having a cesarean in U.S.-Mexico border hospitals and in non-border hospitals. We define U.S. Latinas with compou...

    Authors: Theresa Morris, Amanda Gomez, Miriam Naiman-Sessions and Christine H. Morton

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:82

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are among the most common bacterial infections in pregnant women due to anatomic and physiologic changes in the female urinary tract during pregnancy, and antepartum UTIs can ca...

    Authors: Jui-Ming Liu, Feng-Hsiang Chiu, Yueh-Ping Liu, Shu-Pin Chen, Hsun-Hao Chan, Jing-Jung Yang, Fung-Wei Chang and Ren-Jun Hsu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:79

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  36. Content type: Research article

    A healthy start predicts better health in later life. Many remote-living Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian families lack access to consistent, culturally-safe health services. This paper present...

    Authors: Sandra Campbell, Janya McCalman, Michelle Redman-MacLaren, Karla Canuto, Kristina Vine, Jenny Sewter and Malcolm McDonald

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:73

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  37. Content type: Research article

    In China, increases in both the caesarean section (CS) rates and delivery costs have raised questions regarding the reform of the medical insurance payment system. Case payment is useful for regulating the beh...

    Authors: Shuang Liu, Jing Wang, Liang Zhang and Xiang Zhang

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:66

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  38. Content type: Research article

    It is estimated that 5-15% of all couples in industrialised nations are infertile. A perceived unfulfilled desire for a child or self-identification as infertile can lead to psychological strain and social iso...

    Authors: Eva Münster, Stephan Letzel, Jasmin Passet-Wittig, Norbert F. Schneider, Bettina Schuhrke, Rudolf Seufert and Ulrike Zier

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:62

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  39. Content type: Research article

    This study aims to investigate the association between social capital (SC) and depressive symptoms among Chinese primiparas at different time-points from their late pregnancy to postpartum.

    Authors: Chi Zhou, Weijun Zheng, Qi Yuan, Baodan Zhang, Hao Chen, Weijue Wang, Liu Huang, Liangwen Xu and Lei Yang

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:45

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC) is an alternative option for women who have had a previous caesarean section (CS); however, uptake is limited because of concern about the risks of uterine rupture. The aim...

    Authors: Shu-Wen Chen, Alison M. Hutchinson, Cate Nagle and Tracey K. Bucknall

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:31

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is an increasingly common condition of pregnancy. It is associated with adverse fetal, infant and maternal outcomes, as well as an increased risk of GDM in future pregnancie...

    Authors: Judith Parsons, Katherine Sparrow, Khalida Ismail, Katharine Hunt, Helen Rogers and Angus Forbes

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:25

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Women approach birth using various methods of preparation drawing from conventional healthcare providers alongside informal information sources (IIS) outside the professional healthcare context. An investigati...

    Authors: Ruth A. Sanders and Kenda Crozier

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:21

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Current clinical guidelines and national policy in England support offering ‘low risk’ women a choice of birth setting. Options include: home, free-standing midwifery unit (FMU), alongside midwifery unit (AMU)...

    Authors: Lisa Hinton, Carol Dumelow, Rachel Rowe and Jennifer Hollowell

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:12

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Home births in high risk pregnancies and unassisted childbirth seem to be increasing in the Netherlands. Until now there were no qualitative data on women’s motivations for these choices in the Dutch maternity...

    Authors: Martine Hollander, Esteriek de Miranda, Jeroen van Dillen, Irene de Graaf, Frank Vandenbussche and Lianne Holten

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:423

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Despite efforts to improve male involvement (MI), few male partners typically attend antenatal care (ANC). MI in ANC and interventions to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission have been demonstrated to be b...

    Authors: Michelle M. Gill, John Ditekemena, Aimé Loando, Vicky Ilunga, Marleen Temmerman and Franck Fwamba

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:409

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  46. Content type: Research article

    In 2010, China’s cesarean delivery (CD) rates increased to one of the highest in the world, a significant proportion of which were without medical indication. However, recent studies have indicated some declin...

    Authors: Eileen Wang and Therese Hesketh

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:405

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  47. Content type: Research article

    Knowledge of pregnant women’s and mothers’ viewpoints on midwifery care is crucial for its appropriate delivery and research. In Germany, comprehensive research to more fully understand women’s needs in pregna...

    Authors: Elke Mattern, Susanne Lohmann and Gertrud M. Ayerle

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:389

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