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Maternity care and sociological aspects of pregnancy and childbirth

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  1. Content type: Research article

    Second-hand smoke (SHS) exposure during pregnancy is associated with poor pregnancy and foetal outcomes. Theory-based behaviour change interventions (BCI) have been used successfully to change smoking related ...

    Authors: Mukesh Dherani, Syeda Nosheen Zehra, Cath Jackson, Veena Satyanaryana, Rumana Huque, Prabha Chandra, Atif Rahman and Kamran Siddiqi

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:378

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    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:353

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    Obesity during pregnancy is a serious health problem for women and their children. Despite the high prevalence of high body mass index (BMI) among women of reproductive age in high-income countries, there is i...

    Authors: Sara Holton, Christine East and Jane Fisher

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:351

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    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 ...

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

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:349

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    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:346

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    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:345

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  7. Content type: Debate

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:344

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    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:339

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    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:333

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    Because of the particularly severe perinatal outcomes associated with antenatal Zika virus infection, it is important for prenatal care providers to communicate Zika virus risks and strategies for prevention t...

    Authors: Mallory K. Ellingson, Catherine M. Bonk and Allison T. Chamberlain

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:325

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    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:321

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    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...

    Authors: 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

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:314

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    Maternal and neonatal outcomes are influenced by the nature of antenatal care. Standard pregnancy care is provided on an individual basis, with one-on-one appointments between a client and family doctor, midwi...

    Authors: Zoë G. Hodgson, Lee Saxell and Julian K. Christians

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:297

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    Late access to antenatal care increases risks of adverse outcomes including maternal and perinatal mortality. There is evidence that BMI influences patient engagement with health services, such as cancer scree...

    Authors: Charlotte Barber, Judith Rankin and Nicola Heslehurst

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:290

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    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:285

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  16. Content type: Research article

    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...

    Authors: Lesley Kay, Soo Downe, Gill Thomson and Kenny Finlayson

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:283

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    For the past decade, Maternal Mortality Reports, published in the United Kingdom every three years, have consistently raised concerns about maternal observations in maternity care. The reports identify that ob...

    Authors: Justine Jeffery, Alistair Hewison, Laura Goodwin and Sara Kenyon

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:282

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    The World Health Organization recently made a recommendation supporting ‘culturally-appropriate’ maternity care services to improve maternal and newborn health. This recommendation results, in part, from a sys...

    Authors: Eleri Jones, Samantha R. Lattof and Ernestina Coast

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:267

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    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:279

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    Geographical inequalities in perinatal health and child welfare require attention. To improve the identification, and care, of mothers and young children at risk of adverse health outcomes, the HP4All-2 progra...

    Authors: Adja J. M. Waelput, Meertien K. Sijpkens, Jacqueline Lagendijk, Minke R. C. van Minde, Hein Raat, Hiske E. Ernst-Smelt, Marlou L. A. de Kroon, Ageeth N. Rosman, Jasper V. Been, Loes C. M. Bertens and Eric A. P. Steegers

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:254

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Despite its commonality, there is a paucity of literature on miscarriage in non-Western societies. In particular, there is little understanding of how people ascribe cause to miscarriage. This research sought ...

    Authors: Susie Kilshaw, Nadia Omar, Stella Major, Mona Mohsen, Faten El Taher, Halima Al Tamimi, Kristina Sole and Daniel Miller

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:250

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    Perinatal depression is the most common mental illness experienced by pregnant and postpartum women, yet it is often under-detected and under-treated. Some researchers suggest this may be partly influenced by ...

    Authors: Laura E. Legere, Katherine Wallace, Angela Bowen, Karen McQueen, Phyllis Montgomery and Marilyn Evans

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:239

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  23. Content type: Study protocol

    Studies examining psychosocial and depression assessment programs in maternity settings have not adequately considered the context in which psychosocial assessment occurs or how broader components of integrate...

    Authors: Nicole Reilly, Emma Black, Georgina M. Chambers, Virginia Schmied, Stephen Matthey, Josephine Farrell, Dawn Kingston, Andrew Bisits and Marie-Paule Austin

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:236

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    Professional support does not always meet the needs of expectant fathers or co-mothers. The way in which professional support is offered during pregnancy varies internationally, depending on the country. In or...

    Authors: Caroline Bäckström, Stina Thorstensson, Lena B. Mårtensson, Rebecca Grimming, Yrsa Nyblin and Marie Golsäter

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:234

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Women and their relatives can play an important role in early detection and help seeking for acute perinatal events. Recent UK reports indicate that patient-professional partnership in ‘working for safety’ can...

    Authors: Nicola Mackintosh, Susanna Rance, Wendy Carter and Jane Sandall

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:232

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Maternal socioeconomic disparities strongly affect child health, particularly in low and middle income countries. We assessed whether neonatal outcomes varied by maternal education in a setting where healthcar...

    Authors: Anna Cantarutti, Matteo Franchi, Matteo Monzio Compagnoni, Luca Merlino and Giovanni Corrao

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:221

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Psycho-education can reduce childbirth fear and caesarean section numbers. This study determines the cost-effectiveness of a midwife-led psycho-education intervention for women fearful of birth.

    Authors: J Toohill, E Callander, J Gamble, DK Creedy and J Fenwick

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:217

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    Pregnancy and childbirth are two critical stages in a woman’s life. Various studies have suggested that psychological distress is common during the year after childbirth. The objectives of this exploratory stu...

    Authors: J. Slomian, P. Emonts, L. Vigneron, A. Acconcia, F. Glowacz, J. Y. Reginster, M. Oumourgh and O. Bruyère

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:213

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  29. Content type: Research article

    During the last decade, a rapid increase of birth locations for low-risk births, other than conventional obstetric units, has been seen in the Netherlands. Internationally some of such locations are called bir...

    Authors: M.A.A. Hermus, I.C. Boesveld, M. Hitzert, A. Franx, J.P. de Graaf, E.A.P. Steegers, T.A. Wiegers and K.M. van der Pal-de Bruin

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:210

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Approximately 8% of all women of childbearing age in Austria live with permanent impairments. In everyday life, women with disabilities face various challenges and discrimination, among which the issue of preg...

    Authors: Barbara Schildberger, Christoph Zenzmaier and Martina König-Bachmann

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:201

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  31. Content type: Research article

    A better understanding of the processes of collaboration between midwives who work in the birthing centers, and hospital-based obstetricians, family physicians and nurses may promote cooperation among professi...

    Authors: Roxana Behruzi, Stephanie Klam, Marleen Dehertog, Vania Jimenez and Marie Hatem

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:200

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Women in Scotland with uncomplicated pregnancies are encouraged by professional bodies and national guidelines to access community based models of midwife-led care for their labour and birth. The evidence base...

    Authors: Sara Denham, Tracy Humphrey and Ruth Taylor

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:198

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  33. Content type: Research article

    The client experience is an important outcome in the evaluation and development of perinatal healthcare. But because clients meet different professionals, measuring such experiences poses a challenge. This is ...

    Authors: Cherelle M.V. van Stenus, Mark Gotink, Magda M. Boere-Boonekamp, Anneke Sools and Ariana Need

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:182

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Unmet need for contraception and unintended pregnancy are important public health concerns both in developing and developed countries. Previous researches have attempted to study the factors that influence uni...

    Authors: Ghose Bishwajit, Shangfeng Tang, Sanni Yaya and Zhanchun Feng

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:186

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Intimate partner violence (IPV) during pregnancy may jeopardize maternal and fetal health (IJFWM 49:159-164, 2004; IJGO 133:269-276, 2016). In recognition of the significant public health impact of IPV, the No...

    Authors: L. Henriksen, L.M Garnweidner-Holme, K.K Thorsteinsen and M. Lukasse

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:165

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  36. Content type: Research article

    The majority of women experience pain during labour and childbirth, however not all women experience it in the same way. In order to develop a more complete understanding of labour pain, this study aimed to ex...

    Authors: Laura Y. Whitburn, Lester E. Jones, Mary-Ann Davey and Rhonda Small

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:157

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  37. Content type: Study protocol

    Despite biomedical advances and intervention efforts, rates of preterm birth and other adverse outcomes in the United States have remained relatively intransigent. Evidence suggests that group prenatal care ca...

    Authors: Shayna D. Cunningham, Jessica B. Lewis, Jordan L. Thomas, Stephanie A. Grilo and Jeannette R. Ickovics

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:147

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Maternal social deprivation is associated with an increased risk of adverse maternal and perinatal outcomes. Inadequate prenatal care utilization (PCU) is likely to be an important intermediate factor. The hea...

    Authors: Clémentine Gonthier, Candice Estellat, Catherine Deneux-Tharaux, Béatrice Blondel, Toni Alfaiate, Thomas Schmitz, Jean-François Oury, Laurent Mandelbrot, Dominique Luton, Philippe Ravaud and Elie Azria

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:126

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  39. Content type: Research article

    In Rwanda, a majority of pregnant women visit antenatal care (ANC) services, however not to the extent that is recommended. Association between socio-demographic or psychosocial factors and poor utilization of...

    Authors: Akashi Andrew Rurangirwa, Ingrid Mogren, Laetitia Nyirazinyoye, Joseph Ntaganira and Gunilla Krantz

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:142

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Actions to prevent early onset disease in neonates are based on different strategies including administering antibiotic prophylaxis during labour in case of 1) maternal GBS colonisation (screening strategy), 2...

    Authors: Diny G. E. Kolkman, Margot A. H. Fleuren, Maurice G. A. J. Wouters, Christianne J. M. de Groot and Marlies E. B. Rijnders

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:139

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  41. Content type: Research article

    The availability of non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) for aneuploidies is expanding rapidly throughout the world. Training health professionals to offer NIPT in a way that supports informed choice is essent...

    Authors: Kerry Oxenford, Rebecca Daley, Celine Lewis, Melissa Hill and Lyn S. Chitty

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:132

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Counseling has a significant role in improving knowledge, attitude and practice outcomes of pregnant women towards medication use. Proper counseling thus could be beneficial to prevent any medication related m...

    Authors: Ramesh Devkota, G. M. Khan, Kadir Alam, Binaya Sapkota and Deepa Devkota

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:131

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  43. Content type: Study protocol

    In Quebec (Canada), nearly 20,000 pregnancies end in miscarriage, and the majority of the miscarriages are dealt with in an emergency unit. Although there are studies documenting the effects of this type of gr...

    Authors: Francine de Montigny, Chantal Verdon, Diane Dubeau, Annie Devault, Martin St-André, Éric Tchouaket Nguemeleu and Carl Lacharité

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:124

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Intimate partner violence (IPV) against women constitutes a major public health problem. Antenatal care is considered a window of opportunity to disclose and to communicate about IPV. However, little is known ...

    Authors: Lisa Maria Garnweidner-Holme, Mirjam Lukasse, Miriam Solheim and Lena Henriksen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:123

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  45. Content type: Research article

    English maternity care policy has supported offering women choice of birth setting for over twenty years, but only 13% of women in England currently give birth in settings other than obstetric units (OUs). It ...

    Authors: Kirstie Coxon, Alison Chisholm, Reem Malouf, Rachel Rowe and Jennifer Hollowell

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:103

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