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Pregnancy and childbirth in low and middle income countries

Section edited by Jos van Roosmalen, and Ndola Prata

This section considers studies regarding all aspects of pregnancy and childbirth in the developing world.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    Bangladesh has achieved major gains in maternal and newborn survival, facility childbirth and skilled birth attendance between 1991 and 2010, but excess maternal mortality persists. High-quality maternal healt...

    Authors: Herfina Y. Nababan, Rubana Islam, Shabnam Mostari, Md Tariqujjaman, Malabika Sarker, Mohammad Tajul Islam and Corrina Moucheraud

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:402

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    To evaluate the independent and joint effects of maternal pre-pregnancy BMI and gestational weight gain (GWG) on the risk of preeclampsia and its subtypes.

    Authors: Yawen Shao, Jie Qiu, Huang Huang, Baohong Mao, Wei Dai, Xiaochun He, Hongmei Cui, Xiaojuan Lin, Ling Lv, Dennis Wang, Zhongfeng Tang, Sijuan Xu, Nan Zhao, Min Zhou, Xiaoying Xu, Weitao Qiu…

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:400

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    Reducing neonatal mortality is a global priority, and improvements in postnatal health (PNH) practices in India are needed to do so. Intimate partner violence (IPV) may be associated with PNH practices, but li...

    Authors: Sabrina C. Boyce, Lotus McDougal, Jay G. Silverman, Yamini Atmavilas, Diva Dhar, Katherine Hay and Anita Raj

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:398

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    Despite a significant decrease in maternal mortality in the last decade, Rwanda needs further progress in order to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)3 which addresses among others maternal mortality. ...

    Authors: Felix Sayinzoga, Leon Bijlmakers, Koos van der Velden and Jeroen van Dillen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:394

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    Companionship during labor is known to have both physical and psychosocial benefits to mother and baby. Sri Lanka made a policy decision to allow a labour companion in 2011. However, implementation has been un...

    Authors: Hemantha Senanayake, Rajitha Dilhan Wijesinghe and Kesavan Rajasekharan Nayar

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:392

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    Despite recent advances in surgery and anaesthesia which significantly improve safety, many health facilities in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs) remain chronically under-resourced with inability to cop...

    Authors: Isabella Epiu, Agnes Wabule, Andrew Kambugu, Harriet Mayanja-Kizza, Jossy Verel Bahe Tindimwebwa and Gerald Dubowitz

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:387

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    Ethiopia has made steady progress in improving maternal health over the decade, yet mortality remains high. The Maternal and Newborn Health in Ethiopia Partnership (MaNHEP) was a 3.5-year project aimed at deve...

    Authors: Lynn Sibley and Yared Amare

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:384

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Infants are very sensitive to iodine deficiency. Breastfed infants are dependent on maternal iodine intake. The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between maternal iodine status during lactatio...

    Authors: Jin Yang, Lin Zhu, Xiaofeng Li, Heming Zheng, Zhe Wang, Zongyu Hao and Yang Liu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:383

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Globally, India ranks first in the absolute number of stillbirths. Hence, the level, causes, and risk factors of stillbirths were estimated to facilitate designing of prevention strategy.

    Authors: Ariarathinam Newtonraj, Manmeet Kaur, Madhu Gupta and Rajesh Kumar

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:371

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Neonatal infections caused by unsafe umbilical cord practices account for the majority of neonatal deaths in Nigeria. We examined the trends in umbilical cord care practices between 2012 and 2015 that coincide...

    Authors: Dele Abegunde, Nosa Orobaton, Katherine Beal, Amos Bassi, Moyosola Bamidele, Toyin Akomolafe, Francis Ohanyido, Olayinka Umar-Farouk and Saba’atu Danladi

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:368

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Recent World Health Organization recommendations recognize the important role Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) can play in supporting the health of women and newborns. This paper provides an analysis of key...

    Authors: Tina Miller and Helen Smith

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:365

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Antenatal care (ANC) is an important health service for women in developing countries, with numerous proven benefits. Global coverage of ANC has steadily increased over the past 30 years, in part due to increa...

    Authors: Erica Phillips, Rebecca J. Stoltzfus, Lesly Michaud, Gracia Lionel Fils Pierre, Francoise Vermeylen and David Pelletier

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:361

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  13. Content type: Research article

    With an increasing number of institutional deliveries, the Nepalese health system faces a challenge to ensure a quality of service provision. This paper aims to identify the determinants of client satisfaction...

    Authors: Suresh Mehata, Yuba Raj Paudel, Maureen Dariang, Krishna Kumar Aryal, Susan Paudel, Ranju Mehta, Stuart King and Sarah Barnett

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:319

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    Violence against women is an international public health concern and a violation of women’s rights. Domestic violence can first occur, and increase in frequency and severity, during and after pregnancy. Health...

    Authors: Mary McCauley, Jennifer Head, Jaki Lambert, Shamsa Zafar and Nynke van den Broek

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:318

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    Presently, preterm birth is globally the leading cause of neonatal mortality. Prompt community based identification of women at high risk for preterm births (HRPB) can either help to avert preterm births or av...

    Authors: Archana Patel, Amber Abhijeet Prakash, Yamini V. Pusdekar, Hemant Kulkarni and Patricia Hibberd

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:311

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Obstetric fistula devastates the lives of women and is found most commonly among the poor in resource-limited settings. Unrepaired third- and fourth-degree perineal lacerations have been shown to be the source...

    Authors: Leeya F. Pinder, Kelsey H. Natsuhara, Thomas F. Burke, Svjetlana Lozo, Monica Oguttu, Leah Miller, Brett D. Nelson and Melody J. Eckardt

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:308

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Despite marked improvements over the last few decades, maternal mortality in Tanzania remains among the world’s highest at 454 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births. Many factors contribute to this disparity...

    Authors: Michelle R. Kaufman, Jennifer J. Harman, Marina Smelyanskaya, Jennifer Orkis and Robert Ainslie

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:305

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