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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

    Although Primary Health Care (PHC) was designed to provide universal access to skilled pregnancy care for the prevention of maternal deaths, very little is known of the factors that predict the use of PHC for ...

    Authors: Friday Okonofua, Lorretta Ntoimo, Julius Ogungbangbe, Seun Anjorin, Wilson Imongan and Sanni Yaya

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:106

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  2. Content type: Study protocol

    In Bangladesh, the targets on reduction of maternal mortality and utilization of related obstetric services provided by skilled health personnel in Millennium Development Goals 5 remains unmet, and the progres...

    Authors: Ruoyan Gai Tobe, Syed Emdadul Haque, Kiyoko Ikegami and Rintaro Mori

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:102

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    Despite its wider benefits and access made at community level, contraceptive methods are one of underutilized services in study area and it is believed to be influenced by misconceptions and socio cultural val...

    Authors: Misganu Endriyas, Akine Eshete, Emebet Mekonnen, Tebeje Misganaw and Mekonnen Shiferaw

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:98

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  4. Content type: Research article

    In 2015 the maternal mortality ratio for Ethiopia was 353 per 100,000 live births. Large numbers of women do not use maternal health services. This study aimed to identify factors influencing the use of matern...

    Authors: Aschenaki Z. Kea, Olivia Tulloch, Daniel G. Datiko, Sally Theobald and Maryse C. Kok

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:96

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Caesarean section (CS) is not recommended for PMTCT in Malawi HIV Guidelines, contrary to most high-income countries where CS is indicated if viral suppression is sub-optimal pre-delivery. We describe patterns...

    Authors: Lyson Tenthani, Joep J. van Oosterhout, Andreas D. Haas, Malango Msukwa, Nozgechi Phiri, Frank Chimbwandira, Kali Tal, Karoline Aebi-Popp, Janne Estill and Olivia Keiser

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:95

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  6. Content type: Research article

    In low-resource settings, a significant proportion of fetal, neonatal, and maternal deaths can be attributed to intrapartum-related complications. Certain risk factors, such as non-cephalic presentation, have ...

    Authors: Naoko Kozuki, Luke C. Mullany, Subarna K. Khatry, James M. Tielsch, Steven C. LeClerq, Caitlin E. Kennedy and Joanne Katz

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:89

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  7. Content type: Research article

    In Kenya, skilled attendance at delivery is well below the international target of 90% and the maternal mortality ratio is high at 362 (CI 254–471) per 100,000 live births despite various interventions. The pr...

    Authors: Caroline Nyongesa, Xiaoyue Xu, John J. Hall, William M. Macharia, Faith Yego and Brigid Hall

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:88

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Globally, anemia is a public health problem affecting the life of more than two billion people. Pregnant women are at high risk of iron deficiency anemia due to increased nutrient requirement during pregnancy....

    Authors: Mekdemariam Getachew, Mebrahtu Abay, Hiwet Zelalem, Tirhas Gebremedhin, Teklit Grum and Alemayehu Bayray

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:83

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Kenya abolished delivery fees in all public health facilities through a presidential directive effective on June 1, 2013 with an aim of promoting health facility delivery service utilization and reducing pregn...

    Authors: C. M. Gitobu, P. B. Gichangi and W. O. Mwanda

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:77

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Newborn deaths comprise nearly half of under-5 deaths in Ghana, despite the fact that skilled birth attendants (SBAs) are present at 68% of births, which implies that evidence-based care during labor, birth an...

    Authors: Patricia P. Gomez, Allyson R. Nelson, Amos Asiedu, Etta Addo, Dora Agbodza, Chantelle Allen, Martha Appiagyei, Cynthia Bannerman, Patience Darko, Julia Duodu, Fred Effah and Hannah Tappis

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:72

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Despite declining trends maternal mortality remains an important public health issue in Mozambique. The delays to reach an appropriate health facility and receive care faced by woman with pregnancy related com...

    Authors: Leonardo Antonio Chavane, Patricia Bailey, Osvaldo Loquiha, Martinho Dgedge, Marc Aerts and Marleen Temmerman

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:71

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Complete blood count is one of the routinely advised blood investigation during pregnancy. It is also utilized as a diagnostic tool for neonatal anemia, sepsis and determining hemostatic status of the newborn....

    Authors: Sameer Timilsina, Sirisa Karki, Aajeevan Gautam, Pujan Bhusal, Gita Paudel and Deepak Sharma

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:70

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Different studies have shown the advantages of abstinence from cigarette smoking during pregnancy to promote full fetal development. Given that pregnant women do not always abstain from smoking, this study aim...

    Authors: Mariana Caricati Kataoka, Ana Paula Pinho Carvalheira, Anna Paula Ferrari, Maíra Barreto Malta, Maria Antonieta de Barros Leite Carvalhaes and Cristina Maria Garcia de Lima Parada

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:67

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  14. Content type: Research article

    In a post-2015 development agenda, achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) for women and newborns will require a fit-for-purpose and fit-to-practice sexual, reproductive, maternal, adolescent and newborn hea...

    Authors: Caroline S. E. Homer, Sofia Castro Lopes, Andrea Nove, Michaela Michel-Schuldt, Frances McConville, Nester T. Moyo, Martha Bokosi and Petra ten Hoope-Bender

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:55

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  15. Content type: Research article

    The high level of maternal mortality and morbidity as a result of complications due to childbirth is unacceptable. The impact of quality medicines in the management of these complications cannot be overemphasi...

    Authors: Chimezie Anyakora, Yetunde Oni, Uchenna Ezedinachi, Adebola Adekoya, Ibrahim Ali, Charles Nwachukwu, Charles Esimone, Victor Abiola and Jude Nwokike

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:44

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Luapula Province has the highest maternal mortality and one of the lowest facility-based births in Zambia. The distance to facilities limits facility-based births for women in rural areas. In 2013, the governm...

    Authors: Peggy S. Chibuye, Eva S. Bazant, Michelle Wallon, Namratha Rao and Timothee Fruhauf

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:42

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Men’s involvement in maternal and child health presents an opportunity for the advancement of maternal and child nutrition as men often play a key role in decision-making particularly regarding women’s reprodu...

    Authors: Elizabeth Mkandawire and Sheryl L. Hendriks

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:37

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Wars affect maternal health services by destroying health systems. Eritrea experienced two wars with neighbouring Ethiopia. Despite this, the maternal mortality ratio (MMR) in Eritrea fell by 69% from 1590 per...

    Authors: Chol Chol, Cynthia Hunter, Berhane Debru, Berhana Haile, Joel Negin and Robert G. Cumming

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:35

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Low birthweight (LBW) is a major predictor of early neonatal mortality which disproportionately affects low-income countries. WHO recommends regional definitions for LBW to prevent misclassifications and ensur...

    Authors: Valirie Ndip Agbor, Chobufo Ditah, Joel Noutakdie Tochie and Tsi Njim

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:30

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